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9 Excellent Ann Arbor Wine Bars

From bars with bold, fruit-forward selections to restaurants specializing in Italian-made bottles, here’s where to drink wine right now

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Cocktails are immensely popular and can make for a wonderful beginning or relaxing nightcap to an evening out, but wine still rules when it comes to a full restaurant meal. Wine pairing is a skill that relies on the bartender or sommelier’s understanding of history and regions as well as their intimate knowledge how textures, flavors, and aromas of both the food and the wine work together. When done well, the wine and meal elevate each other to new heights

Whether it's the depth and breadth of the wine list, the quality of the wines, or how the menus inform and guide the readers, these Ann Arbor restaurants offer diners an outstanding wine experience.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Earle Restaurant

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121 W Washington St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 994-0211
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With a cellar containing more than 1,200 selections, the Earle is one of the top restaurants in Michigan for wine lovers. The wine list covers a wide range of regions, each with multiple producers and vintages.

2. Pacific Rim by Kana

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114 W Liberty St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 662-9303
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The ingredients used in Asian cuisines are often quite different from the European dishes that wines are often made to complement. Even experienced wine drinkers have difficulty finding the right pairings. Pacific Rim features many wines rarely seen on other lists and that go well with the menu's several seafood options and spicy entrees.

Wine bottles are displayed on a wooden rack in the empty dining room at Pacific Rim. Pacific Rim [Official photo]

3. Dessous

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312 S Main St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 222-0202
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The subterranean space at Dessous transports diners from busy Main Street to a cozy atmosphere with full view of its glass-walled wine cellar. Here the wine selection is both accessible and extensive, with many choices offered for less than $30 to alongside heavy-hitter classics designed to pair with the seasonal menu.

4. La Dolce Vita

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322 S Main St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(888) 456-3463
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La Dolce Vita is a dessert and cigar lounge situated between two Ann Arbor fine dining mainstays, the Chop House and Gratzi. Like its adjoining siblings, the wine list is on digital tablets, which provide detailed descriptions and allows diners to explore based on region, grape, price, and food pairings.

A dining room with black ceiling, dark-colored banquettes, and tables covered in white tablecloths. The Chophouse Ann Arbor [Official photo]

5. Vinology

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110 S Main St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 222-9841
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As the name suggests, Vinology’s focus on wine makes it a terrific place to enjoy a glass, carafe, or bottle. The extensive wine list is arranged to make choosing one easier for both novices and experts. The bar’s glass-enclosed wine cellar is serves as a secluded private dining room for bigger groups.

Three glasses of wine on a white counter. Vinology [Official photo]

6. Mediterrano

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2900 S State St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 332-9700
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The many of influences of the Mediterranean region appear on both the food and wine menus at Mediterrano. The wine list features an extensive selection of Spanish, French, and Italian wines. However, the New World wines from premiere Western Hemisphere wineries will please fans of more fruit-forward styles.

7. York

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1928 Packard St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

York’s roots as a specialty grocer makes it an ideal place to enjoy wine. Diners can create their own charcuterie board or cheese plate from the deli and the retail wine shop has one of Ann Arbor’s largest selections, so customers can either purchase a bottle for later or drink on-site for a nominal corkage fee. In warmer weather, the “wine garden” is one of the best patios in town.

8. Zola Bistro

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3030 Washtenaw Ave Suite 101
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 477-8088
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While Zola Bistro’s wine list is not as extensive as others listed here, it is thoughtfully made with emphasis on juicy varietals from southern France and California that complement the Mediterranean-influenced fare. Zola Bistro is also a popular weekend destination and the staff ensures that there’s a good selection of sparkling wines in the collection to pair with brunch. 

A glass of white wine next to a salad. John Reyes

9. Paesano Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar

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3411 Washtenaw Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 971-0484
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Pairing food and wines that hail from the same region is not just a matter of placemaking; usually both the cuisines and the wines are developed to enhance each other. Italy is perhaps the best example of this as its lighter, acidic wines improve and are improved by Italian food. Paesano’s large collection of all-Italian wines is the ideal accompaniment to its rustic Italian pastas.

A dark wood, diamond-shaped wine display takes up the whole wall behind a long wood table and a wall with a chalkboard. Paesano [Official photo]

1. The Earle Restaurant

121 W Washington St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

With a cellar containing more than 1,200 selections, the Earle is one of the top restaurants in Michigan for wine lovers. The wine list covers a wide range of regions, each with multiple producers and vintages.

121 W Washington St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

2. Pacific Rim by Kana

114 W Liberty St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Wine bottles are displayed on a wooden rack in the empty dining room at Pacific Rim. Pacific Rim [Official photo]

The ingredients used in Asian cuisines are often quite different from the European dishes that wines are often made to complement. Even experienced wine drinkers have difficulty finding the right pairings. Pacific Rim features many wines rarely seen on other lists and that go well with the menu's several seafood options and spicy entrees.

114 W Liberty St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

3. Dessous

312 S Main St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

The subterranean space at Dessous transports diners from busy Main Street to a cozy atmosphere with full view of its glass-walled wine cellar. Here the wine selection is both accessible and extensive, with many choices offered for less than $30 to alongside heavy-hitter classics designed to pair with the seasonal menu.

312 S Main St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

4. La Dolce Vita

322 S Main St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
A dining room with black ceiling, dark-colored banquettes, and tables covered in white tablecloths. The Chophouse Ann Arbor [Official photo]

La Dolce Vita is a dessert and cigar lounge situated between two Ann Arbor fine dining mainstays, the Chop House and Gratzi. Like its adjoining siblings, the wine list is on digital tablets, which provide detailed descriptions and allows diners to explore based on region, grape, price, and food pairings.

322 S Main St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

5. Vinology

110 S Main St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Three glasses of wine on a white counter. Vinology [Official photo]

As the name suggests, Vinology’s focus on wine makes it a terrific place to enjoy a glass, carafe, or bottle. The extensive wine list is arranged to make choosing one easier for both novices and experts. The bar’s glass-enclosed wine cellar is serves as a secluded private dining room for bigger groups.

110 S Main St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

6. Mediterrano

2900 S State St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

The many of influences of the Mediterranean region appear on both the food and wine menus at Mediterrano. The wine list features an extensive selection of Spanish, French, and Italian wines. However, the New World wines from premiere Western Hemisphere wineries will please fans of more fruit-forward styles.

2900 S State St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

7. York

1928 Packard St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

York’s roots as a specialty grocer makes it an ideal place to enjoy wine. Diners can create their own charcuterie board or cheese plate from the deli and the retail wine shop has one of Ann Arbor’s largest selections, so customers can either purchase a bottle for later or drink on-site for a nominal corkage fee. In warmer weather, the “wine garden” is one of the best patios in town.

1928 Packard St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

8. Zola Bistro

3030 Washtenaw Ave Suite 101, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
A glass of white wine next to a salad. John Reyes

While Zola Bistro’s wine list is not as extensive as others listed here, it is thoughtfully made with emphasis on juicy varietals from southern France and California that complement the Mediterranean-influenced fare. Zola Bistro is also a popular weekend destination and the staff ensures that there’s a good selection of sparkling wines in the collection to pair with brunch. 

3030 Washtenaw Ave Suite 101
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

9. Paesano Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar

3411 Washtenaw Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
A dark wood, diamond-shaped wine display takes up the whole wall behind a long wood table and a wall with a chalkboard. Paesano [Official photo]

Pairing food and wines that hail from the same region is not just a matter of placemaking; usually both the cuisines and the wines are developed to enhance each other. Italy is perhaps the best example of this as its lighter, acidic wines improve and are improved by Italian food. Paesano’s large collection of all-Italian wines is the ideal accompaniment to its rustic Italian pastas.

3411 Washtenaw Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

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