Life of a travelling wine connoisseur can get very difficult when there is no intel on the legit wine spots in town. We’ve got that intel for Rostov. Pick any of the 5 spots from this list and you won’t be disappointed with your wine moment.
The name of the restaurant is a reference to the famous Pushkin’s novel “Evgeniy Onegin”. Guests come here to soak in the atmosphere of the 18-19th century Russian aristocracy: royal colors, furniture a la antique, luxurious stucco work — everything to make you forget that 10 minutes ago you were parking your car, not a carriage. The menu here combines Russian cuisine and European wine.
The wine list is mostly devoted to red wines from the southern part of Europe. However, the most selective devotees may treat themselves to the restaurant’s special collection of rare wines from all over the world. In total, the vinotheque comprises around 60 wines. It might take a few minutes to choose. Luckily there’s not much guesswork to be done when choosing food, because there is only one kind — delicious. The menu at “Antrekot” was thoroughly thought through to help guests resolve the full flavor of each and every wine. The same applies to the simplicity of design — mild lights and warm colors compliment your dining and wine drinking experience. They also have a lovely terrace for those warm summer nights.
Menu: Steak (≈$7) Vegetable salad (≈$3) Wines (from ≈$30 a bottle) Addr.: 62 Krasnoarmeyskaya Str. Hours: daily 12 AM–12 PM
What comes first: good wine or good cuisine? “Let’s have both!” — decided Jordjio Mazzi and created Osteria Sapore Di Vino. Here you can try the best Italian ‘vinos’ and dishes. Moreover, if you’ve always wandered how Italians store their wines in Rostov, ask a waiter and they’ll show you their private wine cave.
Menu: Napoletana (≈$5) Risotto (≈$7) Wines (from ≈20 a bottle) Address: 48 Pereulok Semashko Hours: daily 10 AM–1 AM
At last, take off your black tie, fancy shoes and the high-brow — we are going to Hunky Dory & Dudes. The atmosphere here is more laid back, the music is louder and there’s a beer fridge in front of the wine rack. The food is mostly Italian, so you’ll be having some snacks or pizza with that wine.
It seems that owners of Butilie wanted to keep this place a secret for the chosen ones, when they’ve picked an inconvenient location in an unfriendly neighbourhood. That did not work. Wine connoisseurs from all over Rostov go wine shopping nowhere else but at Butilie. The shop boasts a vast collection of rare wines starting at $20 and not ending from there. So if you’re more into drinking wine in the comfort of your own hotel (or Airbnb) — come here to grab a bottle or two.