Portugal may be a small country, but it sure has a mighty diversity of wines. Visiting a wine bar is the perfect opportunity to taste wines from the many different regions, grape varieties and styles that Portugal has to offer. We have put together a “Sideways Approved” list of the best wine bars in Porto for you to check out. And believe us… there is no doubt they will welcome you with open arms and full glasses!
PROVA Wine Food & Pleasure
Prova wine bar showcases an excellent, carefully curated selection of wines from all over Portugal (with a few special international choices too) as well as some great snack choices for pairing. Its central location makes it easy for you to pop in on your night out in Porto. Owner, Diogo, and his right hand man, João, are extremely knowledgeable and passionate about all things wine. So, be sure to ask them for some recommendations of which wines to try, and don’t be shy to visit the wine wall at the back for further inspiration. Be warned that the vibey, yet relaxed atmosphere might have you spending a good few hours in this wine bar, especially if you’re around for the jazz night – every last Thursday of the month.
A unique and interesting venue for a wine bar that will definitely give you a good story to tell! The name translates to “uncommon chapel”. Sound curious? Yes! That’s because it’s actually located in an ancient 19th century chapel. The altar can still be seen when visiting the wine bar today. If you are looking for a date night idea or a laid-back place to get together with a small group of friends, then this is the spot for you. Enjoy one of their delicious sharing plates while you sip away on a local Portuguese wine.
Gota a Gota – Wine House
While Gota a Gota is not a “bar” so to speak, it definitely deserves a special mention on the list of the top wine bars in Porto. This is a wine shop showcasing the best of what Portugal has to offer and has a casual space where you can do some wine tasting. The space is owned by a couple who are actively involved in the shop; they are friendly, clued-up and will gladly have a chat with you and help you pick out something special to buy or taste. The location is off the main pedestrian path – away from the crowds of tourists – but is also in a vibrant neighbourhood filled with many interesting restaurants. This makes Gota a Gota the perfect place to enjoy a pre-dinner or lunch drink.
Portologia Porto, La Maison des Porto
If you have just arrived in the city and you’re looking for a great introduction to port wines (#Port101), then this intimate, cosy wine bar is the perfect fit. Portologia Porto are port specialists with a focus on smaller, lesser-known producers. They have a good variety of tasting flights to choose from, accompanied by detailed explanations. If you find yourself falling in love with one of the ports, then you are in luck because they have an option to purchase and have them shipped to you. The ambience of the wine bar also lends itself to be a great place to visit if you are searching for something to do on a rainy day in Porto.
Vinoteca de Copo & Alma
Vinoteca de Copo & Alma is a great, central space in Porto that doubles up as being a wine library/shop and wine bar for Portuguese wines. There is no shortage of options for you here with a happy hour special, by-the-glass and by-the-bottle options and a range of tastings, all in a comfortable and joyful atmosphere. These go hand in hand with some small plate dishes to snack on whilst having your wine moment. Browse the wine library to see if anything piques your interest to taste or if you want to grab a bottle to take home.
Mariage à trois
Are you looking for a wine bar in Porto that is more into the natural wine scene? Mariage à trois offers you an opportunity to explore the realm of natural wines. Whether you are new to this style of wine or a true aficionado, the owner Maria will make you feel right at home and share here passion with you. The wine bar offers a marriage between wine, gastronomy and art. Local foods made from “honest products” are available to pair with the wines in the presence of some great background music. And if you are a passionate pianist, there is a piano in the corner calling your name!
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