Calling All Wine Lovers: Wine Bars in Tampa

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For your next date night, enjoy a deep glass of red or a crisp bottle of white, along with mouthwateringly delicious cuisine – all in a fun and cozy atmosphere at the following wine bars. Because really, what’s better than good wine and good food?

Bianchi’s Enoteca

Address: 3215 S MacDill Ave, Tampa, FL 33629

The amazing Bianchi’s Enoteca uses the tagline “Inspired Cuisine and Unique Wines” – which is totally an understatement.  Creator Susan Bianchi’s European-sytle wine and small plates bar is a lovely contradiction of elegant yet approachable, sophisticated but casual.  Stocking a regularly changing wine list – all available by the glass – patrons aren’t asked if they want red or white, a cab or pinot or chardonnay.  Instead, questions are more about taste: prefer lighter wines?  Taste a little of this one.  Want more body and flavor? Try some of that one.  If you know tons and tons about wine, or if you’ve never had a glass of wine before, Bianchi’s is your place.

The inspired kitchen, led by Chef Romeo Patron, is constantly touted as one of Tampa’s favorite “gems” for great food and Romeo’s exceptional artisanal surprises.  A small plates menu ranging from light salads to lobster panini, a bolognese pasta that’ll make an Italian grandmother jealous, and the lightest most delicate omelette imaginable makes Bianchi’s the “insider’s place” in Tampa for people who know and love great food.

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Cru Cellars Wine Bar

Address: 2506 S MacDill Ave, Tampa, FL 33629

Cru Cellars is a quaint, but sophisticated, wine bar, filled with shelves and shelves of tasty wine options. Come in and choose one yourself, ask the helpful wait staff for their advice, or try a couple with one of Cru’s famous “wine flights.” In addition to their wide selection of wine, Cru is also known for its incredible cuisine.

With a menu created by Executive Chef Brad Sobo, it is guaranteed you and your significant other will leave Cru full and happy. Couples can choose to devour some of Cru’s unique and decedent small plates, which include Pad Thai Gnocchi, Catalan Calamari, as well as a variety of flatbreads. If you are a little hungrier however, you must try one of Cru’s famous “Farmer Platters,” where couples can pick their cheeses, meats, and additional bites – all of which are gourmet, and more importantly, delicious.

Cru Cellars is a must-go next date night.

The Wine Exchange

Address: 1609 W Snow Ave, Tampa, FL 33606

Opened since 1990, The Wine Exchange has been dishing out quality wine and quality food to couples for quite some time now. Simply stated, this place knows what it’s doing. This spot is welcoming, relaxing, and truly a perfect place to enjoy a glass (or five) of wine with your loved one. With over forty different types of wine offered, your taste buds are sure to tingle.

Between glasses however, you and your significant other may get a little hungry. Whether you stop by The Wine Exchange for lunch of dinner, there are plenty of delicious options to choose from. Munch on some Baked Brie, Jalapeño Cheese Dip, or Chesapeake Scallops and for an appetizer, and for your entree, Jerk Grilled Salmon, Chimichurri Flank Steak, or Baked Gnocchi.

You and your loved one will feel like you’re in Europe while visiting this wine bar.

The Ybor City Wine Bar

Address: 1600 E 7th Ave, Tampa, FL 33605

Ybor City is known to be a fun, hip part of Tampa, and The Ybor City Wine Bar is no different. And with over 200 types of boutique hand-picked wine, you and your loved are sure to get a buzz on. The Ybor City Wine Bar also offers delicious food pairings for you and your significant other to enjoy while sipping on your red, white, or rosé. Devour a cheese board and a hummus platter, or satisfy your sweet cravings with a piece of homemade chocolate cake.
With a small menu filled with only small plates, this spot is really about the wine.

It is also important to note that if you or your loved one is more of a “beer person,” The Ybor City Wine Bar also has a large selection of craft beer.

Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant

Address: 4110 W Boy Scout Blvd, Tampa, FL 33607

Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant is a well-known wine bar chain, with restaurants scattered throughout the country. Loved by many, Tampa is lucky to have one in their own backyard. There is a reason for the multiple locations – all complete with some of the best wine and food in town. Most wines are special to Cooper’s Hawk, making this a unique experience for all couples. If you and your loved one can’t make up your mind as there are so many options, make sure to ask your wait staff for a sample before indulging in a glass. In addition, there are many fancy house cocktails if you want to give something else a try.

In terms of food, Cooper’s Hawk has a huge menu. Whether you go for steak, seafood, pasta, or a decedent burger, all cravings will be met. You are guaranteed a fantastic meal with each visit to Cooper’s Hawk that will most likely have you coming back for more.

Fountainhead Wine and Beer Bar

Address: 11595 Fountainhead Drive, Tampa, Florida 33626

The Fountainhead Wine and Beer Bar is the perfect place for next date night. With many special events often happening, you and your loved one will have fun while also enjoying a delicious meal, paired with of course, delicious wine. In terms of the wine itself, Fountainhead offers tasty reds, whites, and rosés, as well as their refreshing signature sangria. In addition, a variety of beer is on tap, including locally brewed craft beer. You won’t leave this place thirsty, that’s for sure.

While drinking, you must try some of Fountainhead’s magnificent cuisine. Like The Ybor City Wine Bar, Fountainhead sticks to small plates so couples can really focus on their wine experience. Although they may be small, they are big with flavor. Munch on a flatbread, a cheese board, chicken wings, and more during your visit to this wine bar.

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