Indiana has some of the best wine bars in the Midwest. Whether it’s girls’ night out, drinks with a significant other, or just a relaxing night on the town, Indiana is serving up the best. With delectable dessert wines, dazzling white wines, rich reds, and more, be sure to put these top 10 wine bars on your list!
Chop’s Wine Bar, part of Chop’s Steaks and Seafood Restaurant, opened in 2010, making it Fort Wayne’s first wine bar. The atmosphere is comfortable and reminds you of a small Italian villa in its design. It’s the place to gather with friends, to relax, and celebrate life. It is where good food and wine come together. The wine selections are endless and most of their selections come from overseas, places such as France, Spain, and even New Zealand. Many of their selections are local, coming from Upland, Indiana, as well as Santa Barbara and Napa, California. Whether you like your wines sweet, a little tart or down right sexy, there is a wine selection for every palate.
If you’ve never considered yourself to be someone who drinks wine or aren’t sure what kind of wine you would like but have always wanted to try some, the place to go is Tastings in Indianapolis. Tastings has one of the largest wine selections, with over 200 in stock. They offer wines-by-the-taste in which you can sample a selection of wines and find the one that is right for you. Whether you prefer white wine, red wine, sparkling wine, champagne or dessert wines, Tastings offers a wide selection. If you are having an event and want wine to go with it, you can also book their “Vintage Wine Truck” which has more than 1,000 servings of your favorite wine.
Cellar 422 is in the historical downtown area of Lafayette, Indiana, and was started by two sisters who love wine. Sisters Michelle and Marla are dedicated to creating an experience that even the novice wine connoisseur would appreciate. If this is going to be your first-time sampling wine or want to learn more about wine, Cellar 422 is the place to be!
Head on over to Speedway, Indiana and check out Foyt Wine Vault! Foyt opened in 2015, and is a third of a mile from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The bar is an eclectic mix in that it is part bar, part lounge, and part museum. Because of its eclectic atmosphere, it makes for a great place to relax, have a drink, and catch up with friends while also its proximity to IMS. Not only do they serve some of the best wine in Speedway, they also have a wonderful variety of beers and cocktails.
The Thirsty Scholar in Indianapolis is the place for college kids, wine, beer and coffee lovers alike. It is a place where academics and art come together, and where one can let their mind wander while pondering the deeper meaning of life. It’s the spot to work on homework or enjoy the ambiance. The customer service is fabulous, and the staff is extremely knowledgeable. Try the Grayson Cellars Chardonnay!
Warsaw, Indiana, might be a small town but it is filled with so many things to do, see, and drink. The Vino Cane, also known as Books, Wine, and Dogs, is for foodies, wine lovers, and dog lovers alike! Saturdays are for the dogs at Vino Cane, where pet lovers can bring their pets and shop, read, or enjoy a glass of wine. The atmosphere is relaxed and welcoming. Who doesn’t love wine, food, books, and dogs?
With two locations in Indianapolis, Mass Avenue and Broad Ripple, Louie’s Wine Dive prides themselves on taking care of their Indianapolis residents and guests, as well as being a premiere spot in Indianapolis. Quality is key at Louie’s Wine Dive. The atmosphere is fun and funky, eclectic and being unique. With over 20 different wines to choose from, Louie’s has a selection of wine for everyone. There is also a small assortment of cocktails to choose from, as well as Happy Hour from 4-6 p.m. daily.
Step into Tinker Street feel as though you’ve stepped into a cozy urban cottage. The wines are international but high quality and fair in price. Tinker Street opened in 1985, and has been serving the Broad Ripple area for over 60 years. Though modest in size, the restaurant makes up for it in delicious food bursting with flavor and wines that will melt your taste buds. From gluten-free to vegetarian and vegan, the ingredients are local. There are also some amazing selections for those who like their meat. Be sure to sample the beer as well!
The Corner Wine Bar in Indianapolis, Indiana, is another great place for wine tasting and delicious wine. It’s a wine bar at its best. Great food. Great wine. Relaxed, fun filled atmosphere, and on the weekends, there is live music. The dessert wines are amazing and sweet, and go well with any of the desserts on the menu. Be sure to pair one of these delicious wines with the cheese! You won’t be disappointed!
Nick’s Martini and Wine Bar is part of one of Fort Wayne’s most beloved restaurants, The Rib Room. The bar opened in 2014, and became an instant hit with the residents of Fort Wayne. What better way to spend a night than eating awesome ribs, and having a great glass of wine? The Red Apple Martini and The Chocolate Silk are among the favorites at Nick’s! On a cold winter’s night, be sure to try the Irish Cofee!