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Where to Drink Wine in Metro Detroit Right Now

14 great spots to order a glass or a bottle in the city

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Motor City Wine.
| Gerard + Belevender

It’s all about the grape. Detroiters have really taken to the bottle lately, with new bistros and bars dedicated to vino dotting the landscape in recent years. And, while wine has become a go-to beverage for many in metro Detroit, the variety of ways to experience wine is as varied as the number of locations featuring it.

Private tastings, monthly wine clubs, patio views, record and wine shops, and even an old firehouse: here are 14 places to drink wine in metro Detroit right now.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Tallulah Wine Bar & Bistro

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Popular downtown Birmingham’s Tallulah offers local farm to table foods served with an international selection of red and white wines. Intimate and elegant, the wine bar features an extensive variety, from budget-friendly to special occasion and splurge-worthy picks.

Michigan By The Bottle Tasting Room-Royal Oak

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Michigan By The Bottle’s tasting rooms specialize in wines and locally-sourced charcuterie from across Michigan. Its Royal Oak location on Woodward is just one of the three Michigan By The Bottle spots. The Shelby Township and Auburn Hills locations also focus on promoting Michigan vineyards and wine education.

Wine Dotte Bistro

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With half off wine on Wednesdays and a view of the Detroit River in one of its more scenic views, Wine Dotte serves Downriver’s needs for a casual dining spot. A solid selection of recognizable labels is rounded out by the occasional Old World surprise selection.

Ladder 4 Wine Bar

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It is one of the coolest spaces for a bar in Detroit, hands down, Ladder 4 occupies a century-old fire station in Southwest Detroit. With seating for 300 on two floors, the space still manages to be intimate, thanks in part to the staff’s dedication to spreading the gospel of natural wines. Rooftop outdoor lounges round out the space for a unique Detroit experience.

MotorCity Wine

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MotorCity Wine started in a tiny space above Grand Trunk Pub way back in 2010. At the time it was the only wine bar in the city. Since then, the popular boutique wine bar has moved to Corktown and expanded with a massive outdoor patio. Food pop-ups, DJ nights, and regular record releases — MotorCity Wine has its own record label — keep the Michigan Avenue space busy most nights.

Cata Vino

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All things Spanish are at the heart of this Cass Avenue bar adjacent to La Feria tapas bar. Cata Vino features wine flights, sherries, and an impressive list of wines by the glass. The mercado is stocked with imported meats, cheeses, pantry staples and tinned seafood, in addition to bottled wine and sherry.

Mudgie's Deli

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This beloved Corktown eatery offers an impressive list of wines for consumption on- and off-premise. The staff is knowledgeable and always happy to recommend a bottle or two to take home. In addition to fantastic happy hour specials, Mudgie’s also offers corkage service for weekday guilt-free take-homes.

The Royce Detroit

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Royce owner Ping Ho took a chance on opening a wine shop in Grand Circus Park in 2016 and hasn’t looked back since. Since then, the Royce has cultivated a fiercely dedicated staff and customer base. The Royce places unpretentious but thorough education at the forefront of its Wednesday night wine tastings and monthly wine club.

House of Pure Vin

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With its Vibe on the Vin DJ nights on Fridays, jazz brunches, and heated igloo seating for up to six guests, House of Pure Vin makes wine sampling an adventure. The downtown wine spot stocks a wide variety of bottles for sale, including half-bottles. Guests can also enjoy virtual and in-person tastings by reservation.

Paramita Sound

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Wine and records just go together naturally. Guests at Paramita Sound in the Siren Hotel can sip and sample both. The lounge first opened in West Village in 2014 and found its current home in 2019, thanks to a community fundraising initiative. Since then, Paramita Sound has continued to celebrate Detroiters’ love of vinyl and vino.

Vertical Detroit

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The Ashley's underground wine bar and restaurant was created by oenophiles for oenophiles, with 50-plus wines served by the glass and another 500 by the bottle. The effortlessly cool space is ideal for date nights or for larger office gatherings.

Detroit Vineyards

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Detroit’s first winery in more than 50 years opened, fittingly enough, in a former Stroh’s ice cream factory in 2019. Detroit Vineyards doesn’t grow its own grapes, instead purchases different varietals from Michigan vineyards and crafting vintages from there. That’s set to change soon, though: Detroit Vineyards has been cultivating grapes in the city’s Morningside neighborhood for its own Detroit-grown wine.

With the recent addition of Food and Wine magazine’s 2019 Somm of the Year Liz Martinez, Marrow and its sister restaurant Mink upped their wine game —an already impressive component in Backbone Hospitality group’s growing presence in Detroit. The West Village butcher shop and restaurant feature exquisitely selected wines from around the world.

Cellar 313

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Cellar 313 in Grosse Pointe features wine from all over the world but truly shines in its collection of French wines, including nearly two dozen sparking wines. The cozy, warm-hued bistro has a large patio space on Kercheval Avenue for those sunny Rosé All Days.

Tallulah Wine Bar & Bistro

Popular downtown Birmingham’s Tallulah offers local farm to table foods served with an international selection of red and white wines. Intimate and elegant, the wine bar features an extensive variety, from budget-friendly to special occasion and splurge-worthy picks.

Michigan By The Bottle Tasting Room-Royal Oak

Michigan By The Bottle’s tasting rooms specialize in wines and locally-sourced charcuterie from across Michigan. Its Royal Oak location on Woodward is just one of the three Michigan By The Bottle spots. The Shelby Township and Auburn Hills locations also focus on promoting Michigan vineyards and wine education.

Wine Dotte Bistro

With half off wine on Wednesdays and a view of the Detroit River in one of its more scenic views, Wine Dotte serves Downriver’s needs for a casual dining spot. A solid selection of recognizable labels is rounded out by the occasional Old World surprise selection.

Ladder 4 Wine Bar

It is one of the coolest spaces for a bar in Detroit, hands down, Ladder 4 occupies a century-old fire station in Southwest Detroit. With seating for 300 on two floors, the space still manages to be intimate, thanks in part to the staff’s dedication to spreading the gospel of natural wines. Rooftop outdoor lounges round out the space for a unique Detroit experience.

MotorCity Wine

MotorCity Wine started in a tiny space above Grand Trunk Pub way back in 2010. At the time it was the only wine bar in the city. Since then, the popular boutique wine bar has moved to Corktown and expanded with a massive outdoor patio. Food pop-ups, DJ nights, and regular record releases — MotorCity Wine has its own record label — keep the Michigan Avenue space busy most nights.

Cata Vino

All things Spanish are at the heart of this Cass Avenue bar adjacent to La Feria tapas bar. Cata Vino features wine flights, sherries, and an impressive list of wines by the glass. The mercado is stocked with imported meats, cheeses, pantry staples and tinned seafood, in addition to bottled wine and sherry.

Mudgie's Deli

This beloved Corktown eatery offers an impressive list of wines for consumption on- and off-premise. The staff is knowledgeable and always happy to recommend a bottle or two to take home. In addition to fantastic happy hour specials, Mudgie’s also offers corkage service for weekday guilt-free take-homes.

The Royce Detroit

Royce owner Ping Ho took a chance on opening a wine shop in Grand Circus Park in 2016 and hasn’t looked back since. Since then, the Royce has cultivated a fiercely dedicated staff and customer base. The Royce places unpretentious but thorough education at the forefront of its Wednesday night wine tastings and monthly wine club.

House of Pure Vin

With its Vibe on the Vin DJ nights on Fridays, jazz brunches, and heated igloo seating for up to six guests, House of Pure Vin makes wine sampling an adventure. The downtown wine spot stocks a wide variety of bottles for sale, including half-bottles. Guests can also enjoy virtual and in-person tastings by reservation.

Paramita Sound

Wine and records just go together naturally. Guests at Paramita Sound in the Siren Hotel can sip and sample both. The lounge first opened in West Village in 2014 and found its current home in 2019, thanks to a community fundraising initiative. Since then, Paramita Sound has continued to celebrate Detroiters’ love of vinyl and vino.

Vertical Detroit

The Ashley's underground wine bar and restaurant was created by oenophiles for oenophiles, with 50-plus wines served by the glass and another 500 by the bottle. The effortlessly cool space is ideal for date nights or for larger office gatherings.

Detroit Vineyards

Detroit’s first winery in more than 50 years opened, fittingly enough, in a former Stroh’s ice cream factory in 2019. Detroit Vineyards doesn’t grow its own grapes, instead purchases different varietals from Michigan vineyards and crafting vintages from there. That’s set to change soon, though: Detroit Vineyards has been cultivating grapes in the city’s Morningside neighborhood for its own Detroit-grown wine.

Marrow

With the recent addition of Food and Wine magazine’s 2019 Somm of the Year Liz Martinez, Marrow and its sister restaurant Mink upped their wine game —an already impressive component in Backbone Hospitality group’s growing presence in Detroit. The West Village butcher shop and restaurant feature exquisitely selected wines from around the world.

Cellar 313

Cellar 313 in Grosse Pointe features wine from all over the world but truly shines in its collection of French wines, including nearly two dozen sparking wines. The cozy, warm-hued bistro has a large patio space on Kercheval Avenue for those sunny Rosé All Days.

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