Best Wine Bars In Greater Connecticut

January 19, 2011 10:07 AM

Highballs and cold beers have their place, but sometimes nothing satisfies quite like sipping a glass of delectable fine wine. Whether you prefer it smooth and balanced or fruity and complex, raise you glass and say, “Cheers!” to some of Connecticut’s best wine bars. – Courtney Delong

Firebox Restaurant

539 Broad St.
Hartford, CT 06106
(860) 246-1222

The farm-to-table concept is slowly invading the world of food, and Firebox Restaurant is no exception. Walk through the doors, and you immediately feel warmth and hospitality. Exposed white brick walls are illuminated by soft, golden hues of light. Archways lead to a cozy fireplace with meticulously placed Amish farm tables. The food and wine selection is just as mesmerizing. Firebox Restaurant uses local produce from all over Connecticut, keeping the food not only impeccably delicious, but astoundingly fresh. The inspiring wine menu lacks for little, with offerings from just about anywhere. France, California, Australia, Uruguay, Argentina, Italy – they are all represented. If tiny bubbles are your fancy, you won’t be disappointed in that realm either. Aside from housing a few sparklies like Cava and Prosecco, there is also the true Dom of all champagnes – Krug Grand Cuvee. For more interesting options, choose the “Micro-Brew” Grower Champagne list, a sort of secret garden of crafted champagnes. Hours of operation: Monday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 5 to 11 p.m.; and Sunday, 4:30 to 9 p.m.


228 Pearl St.
Hartford, CT 06103
(860) 244-9463

Bin 228 is a romantic and intimate wine bar that serves a vast array of savory sips alongside tempting small plates and warm paninis. The Decor: Rich tones of burgundy and rustic orange highlighted by warm caramels, harmoniously brought together through elegant lighting from the center chandelier. The Wine: A veritable list of red and whites, mainly of Italian descent, with more than 50 choices for wine by the glass. There’s no need to feel overwhelmed; Bin 228 has a well-trained and knowledgeable staff that will guide you toward a wine that is sure to please. All the wines on the menu work well to complement the choice selection of bruschetta, salads and other small plates, making the evening both authentic and delicious. Hours of operation are Monday through Wednesday, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Thursday 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday 11:30 a.m. to midnight; and Saturday, 4 p.m. to midnight.


37 Raymond Rd.
West Hartford, CT 06107
(860) 756-5590

Put together the phrases “wine bar” and “happy hour,” and you have Cuvee. Part wine bar, part lounge, Cuvee delights in offering the best of both worlds. Boasting both a “Wine Room” and a “Champagne Lounge,” Cuvee offers patrons the option of relaxing with some vino or celebrating with some bubbly in an atmosphere that suits. The scene is fresh, delicious and sparkly, with evenings of live jazz and tapas-style fare. Cuvee does well in providing for those that seek elegance and vibrance. Hours of operation: Tuesday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.; and Sunday, 5 p.m. to midnight.

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