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New Houston wine bar with neighborhood vibe named one of the best in the nation

New Houston neighborhood wine bar named one of the best in the nation

Beckrew Wine Bar
Beckrew Wine Bar has been named to Wine Enthusiast's Top 20 Wine Bars in America. Courtesy photo

Swirl and sip on this: The experts at Wine Enthusiast Magazine dug deep to find America’s best wine bars, and one local spot made the cut. Narrowing the list down to 20 vino venues across 20 different cities, Houston's Beckrew Wine House was selected as one of the top wine bars in the country.

Wine Enthusiast notes at Beckrew, "morning espresso makes way for lively evening wine sessions. Sink into an elegant white chair for one of its flights of non-Champagne bubbles. Bonus: Free gourmet pizza."

In the CultureMap July edition of Where To Eat Right Now, food writer Eric Sandler wrote:

Admittedly, this wine bar that took over the Tasting Room space in Upper Kirby isn't new, but people are still discovering the cozy space created by childhood friends Chris David and Paul Choi who wanted an entrepreneurial companion to their day jobs in the energy industry. David, Choi and general manager William Fuller let their passion for wine dictate selections, which run the gamut from $35 to over $1,000 per bottle but are concentrated in the $50 to $100 sweet spot. With its mix of table, bar and lounge seating, Beckrew's atmosphere has a bit of a clubhouse, neighborhood vibe.

Food selections are limited but focused on delivering quality ingredients at affordable prices. In addition to a signature selection of flavored honeys, the personal-sized pizzas are a highlight. Try the meat-loaded tres carnes. "

The bar, located at 2409 West Alabama, hosts Flameco Night on August 29 from 8 pm until 1 am, with live music, Spanish wines and tapas.

Dallas' Veritas Wine Room and Austin's Winebelly's also placed on the list.