Grand Rapids has a national reputation for beer, but that’s not the only beverage in town to sip on. For those who prefer wine, Grand Rapids offers a wide range of places to indulge in delicious grape goodness.

Whether you’re looking for a bottle of an Old-World (European) burgundy or a rich chardonnay, there are plenty of options to explore in town. And, if you’re into Michigan wines, which mimic cooler-temperature wines from places like Germany, there are quite a few places to explore as well.

Generally, a wine bar is thought of as a bar that offers more than 20 wines by the glass and more than 100 wines by the bottle. While not all establishments on our list meet those precise requirements, these destinations boast impressive wine lists, a great atmosphere, and scrumptious bites to eat.

These local wine bars serve up a variety of experiences – from intimate, cozy spaces to upscale, trendy locales – while offering an abundance of new wines to discover.

Aperitivo in the Downtown Market

Aperitivo is the perfect place to complete your shopping at the Downtown Market.

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Visit Aperitivo at the Grand Rapids Downtown Market for an evening of cheese, charcuterie, and vino – including special Flights of Flavor food & drink pairings. The wine list ranges from $7-$16 for a glass, or under $52 $29 and up for a bottle. If you can’t find what you’re looking for on the list, you can purchase a bottle from the restaurant's retail shelves for a corkage fee.

Be sure to experience one of Aperitivo’s specialty wine nights or master class tastings. You can find more details on Aperitivo’s Facebook page.

With expanded indoor and outdoor seating and a menu of starters and sandwiches, Aperitivo can comfortably accommodate many thirsty and hungry oenophiles. 

Café Mamo

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Wine Spectator Magazine named Café Mamo one of the 12 best new restaurants of 2022, a list reserved for standout wine spots that also offer a memorable dining experience, and its wine program earned an award of excellence from the publication. Opened in summer 2021 by husband-and-wife team Michael Goessman (chef) and Summer Knoop (a certified wine sommelier), Café Mamo is an intimate wine-driven eatery tucked into the Creston Heights neighborhood northeast of downtown GR.

Knoop draws on her experience in the New York City wine industry to curate a rotating wine (and beer and mocktail) list that beautifully complements the farm-to-table food menu that also changes weekly based on the freshest ingredients Goessman can find. The restaurant is open Monday-Saturday for dinner service and offers brunch one weekend each month. Café Mamo's happy hour runs from 4-5:30pm on Monday through Friday. 

Chateau Grand Rapids

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Chateau Grand Rapids is a wine bar and coffee shop housed in a historic building in Uptown GR. Opened in February 2024 by husband-and-wife duo Chris and Allaire Stewart, the concept was inspired by European cafés that serve coffee and wine throughout the day.

The emphasis here is on European wines, with an ever-changing selection offered by the glass and a bottle list of more than 170 options. Wine pours are priced from $13-$26 and bottles range between $52 and $1,088. A small seasonal food menu includes cheese & charcuterie.

Chateau Grand Rapids serves SEY Coffee from a Brooklyn, New York roastery and also offers fresh pastries during the day.

Cork Wine & Grille

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Choose from more than 180 wines and a full food menu at Cork Wine & Grille
Wine and Cheese at Cork Wine & Grille

Choose from more than 150 wines and a full food menu at Cork Wine & Grille.

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Cork Wine & Grille, located at the Watermark Country Club, is open to the general public and is a must-visit for wine lovers. Cork certainly lives up to its name, offering one of the area’s most extensive wine lists, with selections available by the bottle or in a glass. 

Cork’s menu features plenty of California wines, as well as European, South American, and Michigan varieties. Cork offers a modern bistro ambiance and has a fabulous patio to enjoy during the warmer months. Cork also has their own Wine Club, which will get you a range of benefits, including one complimentary featured bottle of wine every month. 

Divani, located near Van Andel Arena, is a good place to try something new. Its unique wine list covers most of the major wine regions.

The most interesting wines come only in bottles, with prices up to three figures a bottle, making Divani a great option for special occasions. If you’re looking for a more casual visit, Divani also offers bottles and glass pours starting below $64 and $12, respectively.

Since street parking is limited, head to the Ottawa-Fulton Parking Ramp – it’s a close and easy place to park. If you're already downtown, consider taking the DASH (Downtown Area Shuttle), which is free to use.

Forty Pearl

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Besides offering a great tasting room, Forty Pearl also hosts wine and food education classes.
Forty Pearl Wine and Charcuterie

The best deals at Forty Pearl can be found during their happy hour, from 3pm-6pm Tuesday through Friday.

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Originally opened by the Brengman Brothers as a tasting room to feature their award-winning wines and bring the flavor of Traverse City to Grand Rapids, Forty Pearl has evolved to showcase the finest Michigan wines by pairing them with adventurous bites made with locally sourced seasonal ingredients.

Wednesdays are very popular at Forty Pearl, as selected wine flights are available for just $16. During Thursday's happy hour, Brengman wine bottles are 30% off. 

GRNoir Wine & Jazz - Interior

GRNoir is the perfect place to celebrate and learn more about both wine and jazz.

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GRNoir seeks to make wine “fun and accessible” for all people. It’s a wine and jazz bar offering a diverse selection of global wines, a surprising small-plates food menu, and live music.

Customers can find more than 100 varieties of wine available for retail purchase, including bottles from Black-owned vineyards. The wine list is curated by co-owner Shatawn Brigham, a Certified Level II Sommelier, and the first Black sommelier to operate a wine bar in Grand Rapids. If you can't decide on just one variety, GRNoir offers a White Wine Flight as part of the Flights of Flavor promotion. GRNoir also offers self-serve wines on tap, allowing you to explore their wine selection at your own convenience. Enjoy $5 pours of select wines during GRNoir's Tasting Hour from 3-6pm every Wednesday-Saturday. And on every third Sunday of the month, experience GRNoir's Brunch with a Beat. 

Join GRNoir’s Wine Club and receive monthly shipments (or curbside pickups) of three new wines monthly.  

Public and private tastings are also available.

Flights of Flavor are unique food and/or drink pairings that let you sample multiple flavors at once. You'll find them at some of the area's best restaurants and breweries - and you'll get rewarded for trying them!

The Kitchen by Wolfgang Puck

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The Kitchen by Wolfgang Puck at the Amway Grand Plaza, Curio Collection by Hilton offers a smaller, curated wine list to accompany its globally inspired menu. 

The Kitchen by Wolfgang Puck offers European-style wines, with a few California and Austrian wines included for good measure. All are available by the bottle or the glass.

Two other Amway Grand Plaza restaurants are also great wine destinations: MDRD features a satisfying selection of Spanish wines to complement its modern Spanish cuisine, while Ruth’s Chris Steak House offers an extensive global wine list.

The Littlebird

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The wine menu at this full-service restaurant and bar in downtown GR emphasizes natural wines sourced from small family and farmer-driven wineries. These wines are fermented naturally, with zero trickery and minimal intervention.

The Littlebird’s food menu is a creative mix of American and world cuisines, and servers are adept at recommending wines to pair with your meal choices. The restaurant serves brunch and dinner daily (Tuesday-Saturday) with Happy Hour specials available Tuesday-Friday from 4pm-5:30pm.

Follow Littlebird on Facebook and Instagram for fascinating insights into their wine and food selections, and notification of special wine dinners.

House of Wine

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House of Wine Flights in Downtown Grand Rapids. Flights Of Flavor promotion.

House of Wine's A Taste Of Pure Michigan flight is the perfect way to sample delicious wines and hors d'oeuvres.

Photo by Samantha Denman for Experience GR

House of Wine offers more than 50 wines available by taste, glass, or bottle. Plus, there are 250 bottles of wine to choose from in the retail shop.

Pair your wine with House of Wine’s food menu, which features build-your-own charcuterie boards as well as small plates, salads, and paninis.

House of Wine offers a Tuesday-Friday happy hour menu and a selection of creative wine flights. House of Wine is also a participant in Flights of Flavor, and is offering a special flight of Michigan wines paired with hand-crafted hors d'oeuvres. 

Noto's Old World Italian Dining

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Noto's Old World Italian Dining
Noto's Old World Italian Dining

Noto's Old World Italian Dining offers wine flights to help you decide from a list of 1,200 Italian wines.

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Noto’s Old World Italian Dining is a family-owned restaurant that’s been serving up fine Italian dining since 1982. Its expansive list of 1,300 Italian wines (covering all 20 of the country’s wine-producing regions) is worth a browse.

Not sure what to choose? Opt for a wine flight featuring three wines before you purchase a glass or bottle. The 28th Street location (Noto's also operates a lakeside restaurant in Grand Haven) features spaces for private parties and events.

Post Off is a neighborhood bar in Uptown GR that focuses on small production, organically grown and made wines from around the world. They also offer amaro – an Italian herbal liqueur made by infusing wine with botanicals – along with some creative wine cocktails, shots, ciders and even a handful of non-alcoholic selections.

The vibe here is distinctly casual – the proprietors don’t care if you show up in a suit or with a skateboard – but you can count on seriously informed recommendations from people who love sharing wine stories and discoveries with guests.

Stop in and relax with a glass or two, or go home with a bottle (or six) for your next party.

Pursuit of Happiness Co.

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A casual-yet-chic champagne bar and market in Uptown GR, Pursuit of Happiness offers “bubbles by the glass,” “bubbles by the bottle” and “bubbles & troubles” – a selection of spritz cocktails made with their very own champagne, a delicately dry Blanc de Noirs. An assortment of wine, beer and specialty cocktails round out the beverage menu.

A small-plates food menu includes toasts, charcuterie and delightful nibbles, as well as some “sweet thangs” from Mokaya, a nearby artisan chocolate and confections boutique. You can also get a locally made Any Colour You Like popsicle swimming in Pursuit of Happiness bubbly (or non-alcoholic champagne), a creation dubbed “Slap Me Twice & Call Me Sally.”

Pursuit of Happiness is a woman-owned business emphasizing a positive, inclusive, respectful culture of celebrating, so come as you are.

Reserve Wine & Food

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Pair your RWGR meal with one of more than 100 wines on Reserve's expansive wine menu.

Pair your meal with one of more than 100 wines on Reserve's expansive wine menu.

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Reserve pours more than 100 varieties of wine by the glass, including a wide range of California and Old World wines. The wine list includes such categories as “Crisp & Clean” and “Fresh & Funky” in addition to more traditional classifications like Chardonnays, Italian Reds and Pinot Noir. Guests can also choose from a variety of curated wine flights to sample different varietals.

Reserve offers an even larger selection of wine by the bottle, with the wine cellar housing 900+ options available for retail sale. If you’re looking to enjoy food with your wine, Reserve’s dinner menu features a wide range of fare, from distinctive cheese and charcuterie plates to burgers and pasta. During their happy hour, Reserve offers $8 select wine pours and $5 off small plates. 

Reservations are recommended. If you’re visiting for a special occasion, you can reserve one of four unique private dining/event spaces – including The Vault, which is flanked by an original bank vault door behind which Reserve stores its best and most exclusive wines.

Note: Reserve is temporarily closed, with plans to reopen as a new concept in the late fall.

Squibb Coffee & Wine Bar

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Squibb Coffee and Wine Bar exterior

Get your fill of coffee, tea, wine, cheese, and charcuterie at Squibb Coffee and Wine Bar.

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Two of the world’s favorite beverages come together at Squibb Coffee and Wine Bar, located in Uptown. Guests can order wine by the glass or bottle, and pair their choice(s) with a something from the food menu, which includes toasts, cheese, and charcuterie. Specialty coffees and pastries round out the offering.

Since its opening in 2019, Squibb has expanded its retail selection of wine bottles to include more natural wines and a wider range of wines from all over the world. Guests can take a bottle to go or open a bottle at the shop for a corkage fee.


Keep in mind that menus and prices are subject to change, so it’s always a good idea to check websites and/or social media pages before you visit any of these wine bars.