No beverage has held such a lasting grip on human appetites as wine. Cultivated and enjoyed since the days of the ancient Egyptians and Greeks, wine’s enduring legacy has spread across the globe, filling out cellars, tantalizing taste buds and inspiring millions to clink glasses. Luckily, you don’t have to be a sommelier to dive into the world of wine. Whether you like fruity, full-bodied Cabernets or a dry Muscadet, we’ve rounded up some of Tampa Bay’s best spots to enjoy a glass.
Jackson’s Bistro, Bar & Sushi
At Jackson’s, you’ll find an award-winning selection of over 300 wines, delectable sushi, and an upscale diverse menu served with panoramic views of the waterfront and Downtown Tampa skyline.
601 S. Harbour Island Blvd., Tampa
(813) 277-0112 | jacksonsbistro.com
In 2019, a group of friends got together and named their wine bar after what they felt it portrayed — a small, cute, tiny animal. Under new ownership, it has remained just that, a cute and intimate space to sip wines amongst friends.
“We specialize in a variety of mostly old-world European wines. Some standouts include interesting Spanish whites, delightful Italian blends, elegant offerings from Bordeaux and a spicy South African bubbly,” says Xerxes Vevai, co-owner. “Our aim is to provide something for everyone but also to introduce people to new wines. We are very deliberate in selecting a broad range of wines that one can’t get in your local store, offering a unique experience each time you visit.”
From unique tastings from distributors to collaborations with chefs for unique dining experiences, what stands out at Bar Chinchilla is the intimacy of the space, the cozy neighborhood feel and the friendly service.
439 1st Ave N., St. Petersburg
(727) 827-7742 | barchinchilla.com
Mise en Place
With a love of hospitality, Mise en Place has been inspiring the Tampa community since 1986. A Michelin-recommended restaurant, its innovative cuisine and off-the-beaten-path wine portfolio provide an unforgettable and irresistible experience for any occasion.
442 W. Grand Central Ave., Tampa
(813) 254-5373 | miseonline.com
Geo’s Fine Wine & Champagne
From the team behind Due Amici, Geo’s is a new innovative wine and champagne bar situated in the heart of historic Ybor City. Enjoy the sights and sounds of Ybor and indulge in exquisite wines from across the world paired with artisanal meats and cheeses. Unwind in an intimate atmosphere to the soothing sounds of live jazz and ambient music nightly.
1730 E. 7th Ave., Tampa
(813) 284-7331 | geosfwc.com
La Sétima Club
La Setima’s wine list trends towards lighter-bodied reds, zippy whites, and an assortment of fizzy, fun pet-nats. While there are always sturdier reds to choose from, the standouts are thirst-quenching bottles that complement Tampa’s long summer days and warm, lively nights. An impressive kitchen is headed by David Lamb. Choices range from unfussy snacks to elevated entrees.
815 E 7th Ave, Tampa
Book + Bottle
Part wine bar, part bookstore, Book + Bottle combines owner Terra Dunham’s two passions in a dreamy downtown space. Evoking the coziness of a library and the ritzy romance of an eclectic wine bar, it’s been the setting of book clubs, wine clubs, friendships made and romance sparked.
17 6th St N., St. Petersburg
(727) 240-7448 | bookandbottlestpete.com
Iberian wines are the focus of European-style vinoteca, La Vid, where wines are offered with authentic Iberian meats, cheeses and other food products.
14610 N. Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa
(813) 450-1280 | lavidtampa.com