A Toast – Three of Downtown Boston’s Wine Bars Recognized
Although cooler temps might turn purist oenophiles away from a glass of rosé, you can still sip the pink stuff (along with its red and white cousins) at Thrillist Boston’s Top 10 Wine Bars in Boston. With three of the list’s winning destinations in the Downtown area, we’ll drink to that.
Les Zygomates Wine Bar & Bistro (129 South Street): The coziness of this low-key wine bar and bistro in the Leather District is all about vintage posters, warm faux finishes, and smooth jazz (at least on Tuesday through Saturday evenings). A chic, yet unpretentious French atmosphere, Les Zygomates is an inviting stop for wine-lovers and proves to be the perfect complement to its name’s rough translation of “the facial muscles that make you smile.” It has a distinguished reputation around town for its inviting atmosphere, tasty bistro cuisine and award-winning wine list. Chill in the “quiet” dining side or take a seat in the swanky “Jazz side” for live performances. Don’t know Pinot or have questions about a Cabernet? They’ll introduce you to your newest favorite. After all, they have a by-the-glass list that features more than 50 wines from around the globe. Feeling spendy? Their Reserve List offers bottles that cap out around $3,600.
Troquet (140 Boylston Street): Selected as one of America’s top 100 wine restaurants by Wine Enthusiast for its giant selection and rare vintages, this is where to go if you need a little Wine 101. While most restaurant’s wine selections play second fiddle to their food, it doesn’t sit sidecar at Troquet. The restaurant actually built its contemporary French menu around its extensive Burgundy selection. Known for serving rare wines, they can help you find that special elusive wine to serve at your dinner, provided you call ahead. The super slow tempo of your meal by Chef Scott Hebert gives you a chance to savor not only the Boston Common views but selections from their whites (always served at a crisp 45 degrees) and reds (the perfect 58 degrees). Enjoy a two-ounce sampling or create a tasting flight with certain selections.
Sip Wine Bar (581 Washington Street): Whether you’re looking for a glass of French Pierre Sparr Gewurztraminer for a fruity end-of-summer splash or you want to transition into fall with a spicy Wolftrap Syrah from South Africa, there’s a wine for you to sip at Sip. If you aren’t sure, order a two-ounce tasting. A little more confident, try the six-ounce. If you want to go hog wild with love for a specific vintage, dive into a 10-ounce pour. And if you can honestly say “I’ll take two glasses,” they’ll open any bottle you want…just for you. The wine list is full of choices of sweet and bubbly, whites that are noted as fruity, crisp or buttery, and reds that fall into mellow, big, and spicy categories. Sip’s Intense Wine list boasts vintages for true connoisseurs. Accompany whatever wine you choose with selections from a tasty menu of everything from gourmet flatbreads to Mediterranean platters, and sushi to Kobe meatball dishes. Some more news to toast – Sip Wine Bar & Kitchen recently added the adjacent “The Tasting Room at Sip,” which is going full steam with its fun pop-up concept.