Sip, sip, hooray! 5 of the coolest wine bars to check out in Birmingham

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Classic Wine Co. is a Birmingham classic. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

There are obvious circle-worthy holidays on the calendar: Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc. But, only a few days deserve a double circle. February, 18th—AKA National Wine Day—is one of them. If you also feel the irresistible urge to celebrate, this guide is for you. Here are five of the coolest wine bars in Birmingham to check out.

1. Golden Age Wine

Golden Age Wine is the ideal happy hour hang. With walls lined with organic and biodynamic wines from all over the world and drool-worthy charcuterie boards, their shop is pretty darn dreamy.

Not only can you shop their bottles online, but they also have a sweet merchandise selection including local honey and gorgeous Civil Stoneware plates, plus a couple of branded totes that make great gifts.

P.S. They’re currently offering same-day curbside pickup if you place an order by 8PM.

  • Address: 2828 Culver Road, Mountain Brook, Alabama 35223
  • Hours:  Mon-Thurs 10AM-9PM | Fri + Sat 10AM-10PM | Sun Closed
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2. Avine

New to the Birmingham wine scene, Aviné quickly solidified its spot as one of the coolest wine bars in the city. Not only do they have an extensive collection of wine you can enjoy by the glass at their stunning space downtown, but you can also take it to go.

Their menu includes small plates and charcuterie, as well as specialty cocktails that look oh so yummy.

3. Freddy’s Wine Bar

Freddy’s is a favorite of mine, not only for their wine but also for the atmosphere. They have a gorgeous patio that I can’t wait to enjoy when the weather warms up, and the inside has a laid back, but romantic feel.

I can also vouch for their food menu. From cheeseboards to burgers, they’ve got options if you’re craving a bit more than a bottle of wine. (You can also order food for curbside pick up.)

Heads up—parking can be a bit of a struggle. They’re located at the bottom of Highland Towers, across the street from Bottega, so street parking down 23rd Street S is usually your best option.

  • Address: 2251 Highland Ave, Birmingham, AL 35205
  • Hours: Mon-Thurs 4-10PM | Fri + Sat 4-11PM | Sun Closed
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4. Vino

Picture this: The sun is shining, it’s springtime, you’re sitting on Vino’s patio enjoying a glass of rosé with a charcuterie board on the way. Life is good. Photo via Vino & Gallery Bar on Facebook

Tucked into the lovely and quaint English Village is Vino Wine Gallery Bar. If you’re looking for a new neighborhood favorite, add them to your list. They offer both indoor and outdoor seating (another patio I can’t wait to visit this spring), and a great selection of wine and delicious eats.

Make sure to follow them on social to stay updated on menu specials and more.

  • Address: 1930 Cahaba Road, Birmingham, Alabama 35223
  • Hours: Mon + Thurs-Sat 4-10PM | Tues + Wed 4-9PM | Sun Closed
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5. Classic Wine Co. 

Classic Wine Company is a staple in Birmingham. Started in 1988, Classic Wine Co. is all about selling good wine for all price points. In addition to wine, they also offer food options including meat and cheese boards that pair perfectly with your wine choice.

Browse their 1000+ wines, and purchase a bottle online or contact them if you’re interested in a special order.

P.S. They’re hosting a socially distant free Friday tasting featuring Pinnacle Imports from 5:30-7PM this Friday, Feb. 19.

  • Address: 1831 28th Ave S Ste 110, Homewood, AL 35209
  • Hours: Mon-Wed 10AM-6PM | Thurs + Sat 10AM-8PM | Sun Closed
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Hannah Chambley
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