A night out is always a memorable event, and if you are looking for an experience that will excite your taste buds and perhaps provide a little buzz, then a wine bar is the perfect place for you. In Iowa, we’re serious about our wines and a good time—both of which our excellent wine bars can provide. Here are the 10 best in the state.
Located in the charming Northside Marketplace of downtown Iowa City, Brix Cheese Shop & Wine Bar is the perfect place to explore some of the finer things in life. With Brix’s casual walk in and walk out atmosphere, you can enjoy the many different cheeses and wines to choose from at home or in the comfort of their welcoming interior. Featuring a wide variety of both things to sip upon and nibble at, Brix Cheese Shop & Wine Bar deserves many visits to receive the entire taste of what this wine bar is all about.
Featuring wine, food and live music, the Lincoln Wine Bar in Mt. Vernon is much more than just a shop that you stop into, it’s a place to meet, gather and be merry. Locally owned and operated, the Lincoln Wine Bar offers a generous selection of wines and craft beers from around the world, and with a hearty selection of wood-fired pizzas and small snacks to go with your beverage of choice, it’s easy to understand why denizens of Mt. Vernon and beyond congregate at the Lincoln Wine Bar.
Featuring 12 different Napa Technology WineStations, Della Viti of Ames is Iowa’s first self-serve wine bar, giving patrons the privilege of their own pours and always something new to try. Outside of the intriguing self-serve accommodations at Della Viti, this local favorite wine shop has a bull bar including a long list of craft beers on tap, appetizing appetizers to pair with your drink, and a warm and welcoming atmosphere that encourages you to stay for just one more glass.
Located in the Peninsula Neighborhood of Iowa City, Après Wine Bar is new on the scene, but in no short time they have begun to prove themselves as one of the most entertaining wine bars in Iowa. Featuring a full selection of many different wine varieties, plus specialty cocktails, all pairing nicely with cutting-edge cuisine that stands Après out from the rest, and whether it’s after work, after a Hawkeye football game or just after an adventurous day exploring Iowa City, Après is happy to host the next time you feel like having a glass of wine.
Both the perfect place for a casual night out or next private party, District 36 in Ankeny serves up good vibes besides their full selection of wines, and however you decide to spend your time at this cozy and comfortable drinking establishment, you’ll be sure to have a good time. Featuring a full menu to go alongside their full bar and wine options, District 36 can keep you in your seat the entire night through, and ready to come back for more when it’s time to leave.
It’s hard to say whether it’s the creative cuisine or full-page selection of wines that makes Magnolia Wine Kitchen in Des Moines such a popular spot to spend the afternoon or evening in Des Moines, but whatever it is, it’s clear to see that Magnolia Wine Kitchen has the winning recipe for a good time. Whether you pair your red with a small plate to share with the table, or you go for a custom cocktail and lobster roll, the combinations that create good times at Magnolia Wine Kitchen is nearly endless.
Named after the moniker given to the Milwaukee Railroad passenger train that once traveled from Cedar Rapids to Calmar, the Jitney Wine Bar seems reminiscent in its interior of the days of classy train cars. Sleek, laid back and almost formal, the Jitney Wine Bar offers a relaxing atmosphere and a full menu of libations and things to eat, making for the perfect pieces to put together a fun night out in Monticello.
Known simply as “The Bear,” the Bear Coffeehouse & Wine Shop serves up two of your favorite beverage options under one roof in a uniquely comfortable atmosphere that invites you to stay awhile. Featuring every type of espresso drink you can think up, plus a full range of permanent and rotating wines to choose from, whether you head to The Bear to get some work done on your computer, or to wind down from a busy day at the office, The Bear has what you need to keep you going.
Simply named for what it is, the Wine Bar and Art Gallery in Arnold’s Park is more than just a storefront in a somewhat small town, it’s a gathering spot for community members, artists and tourists alike. Featuring a full selection of wines, craft beers and excellent pairing options in terms of appetizers, how the Wine Bar and Art Gallery really shines is through their showcasing of local and touring talent, and whether it’s hung on the walls or spoken through a microphone, on any day of the week you can expect to find some artistic endeavors coming to light at the Wine Bar and Art Gallery.
Having just opened their doors last year, the Olive Wine Bar located in the Snake Alley District of downtown Burlington is hot on the scene and helping to revive the streets they reside in. A great place to meet some friends for a glass of wine or craft brew, the Olive Wine Bar also offers live music throughout the week to go nicely with your drink, making this new establishment a cemented staple of the Burlington nightlife. Check it out for yourself and see all that the Snake Alley district has to offer.