Drinking wine is like reading a book: a lasting and delightful process. The more interesting the book is, the more enjoyable the experience, as is with wine. Here is our pick of 5 wine bars, where you can can enjoy both the wine and the weather from a terrace.
This is a budget friendly local bar with a chill atmosphere and a concise menu consisting of familiar foods like bruschettas, tartar, pumpkin soup and so on. Actually, they don’t have a wine list, because every day they open new bottles. There are more than 200 different wine names, among them the classical Burgundy wine, as well as main wine trends such as Portuguese, Austrian, German and Georgian wines. Don’t worry about making a choice! The sommelier Elena Maksimova will pick a bottle based on your preferences and taste. They also have wines by the glass. Locals love this place, especially the terrace, so come early to get a spot.
The main attraction of this wine-and-fish restaurant is an ice bath full of wine bottles. A wide choice of wine is available on the menu, and even more so — wine lovers can go to the shop “Vineria” behind the wall, where more than 700 wine names can be found. The menu is short and healthy and consists of different takes on fish and seafood. Weekends here are famous for brunches with oysters, champagne, and truffle omelet.
This small cozy bar in a quiet lane has a very unique relationship with wine. There are no wines from the New World on the list, but it is rich with biodynamic Italian, French and German wines and champagne houses. If you aren’t quite sure which wine to choose, order the “Tasting Wine Set” of 4 glasses for about 23$. Another noteworthy point is the fact that you get to enjoy your wine while listening to jazz. When it comes to food, try their truffle ice cream, Riesling soup or langoustine ravioli.
Wine Buffet (Vinniy Bufet)
A spot opened by the Moscow Wine School, with 25 wines by the glass, and more than 300 by the bottle. Regular blind tastings with impressionistic names such as “Sauvignon Blanc, cats, gooseberry and other tomatoes”. A simple but delicious menu that consists of burgers, steak, and cheese. This place is very popular, but luckily the terrace is big enough to accomodate all the wine lovers — most of the time.
Looking for “the winiest” wine bar in Moscow? The Twins Garden has the longest wine list in Russia with more than 1000 wines ranging from moderately priced to absolutely exclusive ones. The food here doesn’t have analogs in Russia either. Under the strict supervision of the twin brothers Ivan and Sergey, two-thirds of the products that are used in the kitchen are grown in their own farm near Moscow. That’s where the name “Garden” comes from. Come here for the wine, the finest high-level gastronomic wonders and a stunning view from the terrace.