Sometimes, ordering wine feels more like a test than a fun night out. You get handed that dictionary-sized menu and you feel pressure to make a choice quickly. Luckily, Houston has a plethora of wine bars with experts willing to extend a helping hand and wine bottle opener. So, whether you want to become a novice sommelier, or if you only know you like “reds,” head out to one of these bars and sip on a glass because it’s always wine o’clock somewhere.

13 Celsius 
One of the most popular Houston wine bars is also one of the best. An extensive wine list — all stored at a certain temperature — and mouth-watering charcuterie platters have solidified this cozy Midtown bar as the go-to suggestion for love birds meeting for a first date. 

La Carafe
No stop to Market Square is complete without visiting one of its oldest buildings. Built in the 1800s, this intimate bar is adorned with dusty photos and candles dripping a waterfall of wax. Due to its ancient history, many believe this building is haunted but that doesn’t stop it from being one of the best spots to grab a glass of vino with friends — whether they’re of this world or not. 

Nestled off Fairview in the hip Montrose district, Boheme offers a casual elegance and cool patio seating all year round. A wide-ranging wine list pairs beautifully with their menu of lavish pizzas and delectable shareables like beef empanadas and gluttonous Bangkok-style fries. 

Ogun Art + Wine
Take in live music and art from around the world while you sip on silky merlots at this Memorial Heights wine bar. Part art gallery, part wine bar, Ogun Art + Wine is a serene venue for when you want a little culture with your happy hour. 

Public Services Wine & Whisky
Public Services Wine & Whisky is the perfect compromise for groups divided on which libation reigns supreme. This Art-Deco style downtown hotspot boasts an extensive whisky and wine menu with bottles from around the world. Other specialty cocktails and yummy bites curated by Theordore Rex Restaurant serve up a good time for everyone.  

Camerata at Paulie’s
Exposed brick, wooden bar and leather seating give this Westheimer wine bar a casual industrial ambiance. Offering more than 150 European wines, beers, and ciders, this wine bar is known for no pretentions and satisfied customers.