Best Local Wine Bars

Wine lovers rejoice! There are so many wonderful wine bars in St. Pete-Clearwater.

A woman holds up a wine glass at Caretta on the Gulf

While St. Pete/Clearwater has an enormous list of places to enjoy craft beer, there are a plethora of amazing wine bars too!

St. Pete-Clearwater isn’t just a beer-lover's paradise. While our destination is known for its thriving craft beer scene (aka the Gulp Coast) with 40+ breweries in the area, wine is having its moment in the destination with a plethora of wine bar concepts popping up.

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Sips Wine Bar, Safety Harbor

Sips Wine Bar interior with tables and wine dispensers

Wine dispensers ate Sips Wine Bar

Located in the heart of Safety Harbor, Sips Wine Bar fits right into the quaint-and-cozy vibe of this small town’s Main Street. Featuring 70+ wines with 40 available by the ounce (in a self-serve format, no less!), there’s enough to please a wine novice, casual drinker or aspiring sommelier all in a low-key atmosphere.

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Lolita's Wine Market, St. Pete

couch and chairs at Lolita's Wine Market

Lolita's Wine Market

Named after Chef Alex and wife Kelly’s adopted Golden Retriever, Lola (Lolita when she’s sassy), this wine shop-meets-coffee shop quickly became a local favorite for its incredible boutique wine selection and create-your-own charcuterie. Not a wine lover? Don't worry! Choose from a few local brews, too, plus food items to munch on. Take your wine to go or sit and relax for awhile. Be sure to check out their second concept, Sophia’s Cucina + Enoteca -- the lasagna is to die for! 

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Bella Vino, Belleair Bluffs

Bella Vino Cheese Market interior

Bella Vino Cheese Market

Bella Vino Cheese Market

You might think you've been transported to a charming European wine bar when you visit Bella Vino. This combination espresso and wine bar is tucked inside a wine and cheese market (warning: you won't go home empty-handed). Enjoy an excellent selection of wines plus charcuterie, flatbreads, cheeses and other light bites. 

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Hawthorne Bottle Shoppe, St. Pete

A wall filled with wine bottles, floor to ceiling

Bottle Shop Chic

The wine selection at ultra-cool Hawthorne Bottle Shop in St. Pete's Grand Central District is curated by people who know their stuff.

If you’re looking for libations and a friendly atmosphere with quirky hip-hop vibes (think The Notorious B.I.G.), then look no further. Hawthorne Bottle Shoppe delivers a carefully curated beer and wine selection and locally-sourced deli offerings with sandwiches named after music festivals such as Coachella, Lollapalooza and more!

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Book + Bottle, St. Pete

Wine display at Book + Bottle

Book + Bottle

Wine racks at Book + Botte

Labeled a bookstore with wine and a wine bar with books, this concept is an alternative approach to a typical wine bar. You’ll find the best in both literary fiction and wine, offering book club nights and wine tasting every week. So, if you’re looking for a great read or a wine recommendation, this is the place for you.

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Wine Society, Tarpon Springs

Woman pouring white wine at Wine Society, Tarpon Springs

Wine Society, Tarpon Springs

Wine, craft beers and tapas are on the menu at this downtown Tarpon Springs destination where "Sip, Savor, Unwind" in gold letters on the wall spells out the vibe. Live music and other events are worth checking out as well.  

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CellarMasters Wine Bar + Bottle Shop, St. Pete

CellarMasters Wine Bar and Bottle Shop

CellarMasters Wine Bar and Bottle Shop, St. Pete

Brainchild of two locals, wine industry veteran Ryan Rugg and Certified Sommelier Kory Lynn, bring their expertise to St. Pete’s EDGE District. Equal parts retail store and wine bar, CellarMasters offers premier fine wines with a focus on small production and ethically-farmed vineyards -- think natural wines -- in addition to beer and non-alcoholic fare. 

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COPA, St. Pete

Beverage at COPA

COPA

Local brothers, Maxim and Sébastien Thurière, opened this new wine cocktail lounge in the EDGE District in October 2019. It’s a middle ground for wine and beer lovers, small plate enthusiasts and simply those who are looking for an upbeat environment without the congestion of a late night. Enjoy wine based spirit cocktails and world infused tapas along buzzing Central Ave in their upscale outdoor lounge seating. 

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MUST Wine Loft, St. Pete

Pop-up turned brick-and-mortar, this hand-selected wine and cheese loft is focused on balanced appellation-driven wine, imported and domestic cheese and charcuterie. Be sure to check out one of their many expert courses such as Vermouth 101 or Sipping with a Somm!

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Try Wine, St. Pete

Featuring 88 wines on Tap, Try Wine let’s you build and take flights or sip and savor them at the store location. More than 1000 wine selections are available for bottle service, and patrons can pair their drinks with charcuterie and more. The store has a new location at 1 Beach Drive SE in downtown St. Pete. 

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Bacchus Wine Bistro, St. Pete

With $4.50 small plates and house selected wines, Bacchus’ every day happy hour is three hours of wine goodness from 4 to 7 p.m. However, for the full experience on a special occasion, plan on the 7-course feast of bacchus while savoring a curated selection of wine by the glass. 
 

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