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The Top Wine Bars in DC

Thrillist recently released a statistic that the U.S. surpassed France as the world's biggest consumer of wine. Hard to believe? Today, there are more than 8.000 wineries in the U.S. so it's not surprising that wine bars in the DC area are becoming increasingly popular as a great destination for a romantic event or intimate gathering with friends. The list below of the top wine bars in the Capital City is in no particular order but gives visitors the opportunity to sample some of the best vintages from around the world, paired with sumptuous small plates.

Bardeo Wine Bar, 3311 Connecticut Avenue, NW

Located in Cleveland Park, Bardeo is the wine bar section of the Ardeo & Bardeo modern American Bistro. The restaurant combines Asian, Mediterranean and French flavors in the cuisine while Bardeo maintains an extensive wine list including 140 varieties with rose, white, red and sparkling offerings available by the half or full glass. A rooftop deck provides the perfect setting on balmy summer evenings.

Cork Restaurant and Wine Bar, 1720 14th Street, NW

Located just south of the U Street Corridor, the Cork offers more than 50 wines by the glass and 160 bottles from smaller providers from around the world. And not to rest on its laurels as a wine bar, Cork's garlic-herb marinated fried chicken was selected as one of Bon Appetit's Top 10 Best Places for Fried Chicken.

Bistro Lepic and Wine Bar, 1736 Wisconsin Avenue, NW

This Upper Georgetown classic combines an extensive selection of wines with regional and contemporary French cuisine. On Monday and Wednesday nights, the Wine Bar offers live music sessions running from 7:00 pm - 10:00 p.m.

Ripple, 417 Connecticut Avenue, NW

Located across from the historic Uptown Theater, this Cleveland Park favorite features more than 50 wines with locally acquired ingredients and a focus on sustainability and organic produce in the suggested accompanying plates. Sunday brunch from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm is an added treat.

Le Chat Noir, 4907 Wisconsin Avenue, NW

Named for a historic Parisian Cabaret, the wine lounge in this Friendship Heights Bistro is open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings, offering a broad selection of wines and silent films.

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