By Nick Dekker
Posted On: Feb 10, 2020
Whether you’re looking to get out of the house or you’re planning a date, warm and welcoming wine bars across central Ohio offer cozy and comfortable confines where you can sip, savor and sample your way through an expert selection. You have plenty of choices, from local wineries crafting their own menus to friendly and approachable wine bars featuring everything from classic Ohio wines to dynamic national and international selections.
Meza Wine Shop in Westerville
Find Meza in the heart of Uptown Westerville among restaurants, bakeries and boutique shops. Their selection easily spans over 600 bottles, with at least 20 of those available in flights or by the glass. They offer weekly specials like a Wednesday ladies’ night, Friday night tastings and mimosas on Sundays. Need a little nosh while you’re imbibing? Order one of their curated cheese and charcuterie boards!
Camelot Cellars in Olde Town East
Billing itself as a boutique urban winery, Camelot Cellars crafts its wines in-house and gives you plenty of opportunities to taste them all. The winery offers specialized flights to taste their wares, from reds, whites, rosés, fruit wines and ports. You can schedule time to create your own wine, and Camelot offers a full range of events too, from happy hours to Friday night tastings to free winery tours on Saturdays.
Coast Wine House in Dublin
The new Coast Wine House is nestled into historic Dublin. It manages to feel both modern and homey at the same time, with wooden floors, a fireplace stacked with wood, comfortable seating and a small bar. They offer wines by the glass, cocktails, beer on draft, zero proof cocktails and a small menu of meat and cheese trays, hummus, breads and spreads. Their bottle selection leans toward the American west coast, as well as some small producers from across the world.
House Wine in Worthington
Situated in the heart of historic Old Worthington, House Wine offers an extensive range of bottles, wines by the glass and beer on tap. It’s a lovely stop to hang out with a glass of wine from their Enomatic wine dispensers, to sip beers on tap, then to let the experts help you select the right bottle of wine or beer to take home.
Wyandotte Winery in Columbus
Wyandotte is the oldest winery in central Ohio, crafting their wines and welcoming guests to taste them since 1977. Owners Robin and Valerie Coolidge create their wines on premises, and offer wines by the flight, glass and bottle. To round out the experience at the tasting room, they regularly host local food trucks, cellar tours, special food pairings and plenty of live music. The Coolidges also own Rockside Winery & Vineyards in Lancaster, Ohio!
The Twisted Vine in Grandview
The Twisted Vine is primarily a wine shop that features a tasting bar in the middle. It’s housed in a building that originally served as a grocery store in the early 1900’s. Every week they showcase six different wines you can taste by the glass or in flights, Thursday through Saturday evenings. You can enjoy wines by the bottle any time, though!
Powell Village Winery
This winery and wine bar makes its home in the center of downtown Powell. The family-run winery crafts a full selection of red, white and sweet wines (including a rich ice wine), perfect for enjoying with a cheese plate or a flatbread. Visit for flight nights, happy hour and live music, too!
Plum Run Winery in Grove City
The family-run Plum Winery sits along Grove City’s Broadway street, running through the heart of town. You can create your own flights from their extensive list of house-made wines, from dry reds to fruit wines to rosé. Bonus: their building is also home to Grove City Brewing Company, and both parts of the business offer a menu of bar snacks, wines, tacos and other delights.