The 8 Best Wine Bars in Grand Rapids, Ranked by a Local

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Get in formation, wine heads. Calling all vinophiles.

We’re taking a tour of the best wine bars in Grand Rapids, and we’re going to keep all the flabby pours out of our glasses.

After all, nothing hits on a hot summer day like a slatey chablis. Pure elegance.

Or how about a rich Zinfandel with cigar box flavors in the winter? Get a fire going in the fireplace, slip into your favorite buttery soft leather chair, and sip it slowly while reading Beartown by Fredrick Backman. Yes.

We’re going for jammy, juicy wine. Only the most opulent and refined pours will do. Let’s go.

Map of the Best Wine Bars in Grand Rapids

The best wine and cheese: Apertivo

All-time great pairings: bourbon and steak. Melted cheese and a carbohydrate. Elton John and Britney Spears.

But is there a finer pairing known to humans than wine and cheese?  

Apertivo pairs wine and cheese, and they do it beautifully. And they’ve got some amazing charcuterie plates, too. (If you’re new to charcuterie, it’s basically Lunchables for adults.)

Apertivo is located in the downtown market, so you can sip your wine and munch your cheese while people-watching. When you’re done, explore some of the other fine shops there.

  • Address: 435 Ionia Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
  • Website: Apertivo

The coolest wine bar in town: Squibb Coffee And Wine

squibb wine bar

I’m a sucker for Squibb. Look, it lacks the extravagant, posh vibe that many wine bars exude. But Squibb is hip, and it’s a dandy spot to enjoy a glass or two of wine.

The food menu is spartan but delicious. The wine menu is also austere – pick from around half a dozen different wines, all available by the glass or bottle.

For an epic night out: GRNoir

There’s so much to love about GRNoir. First, it’s a jazz club (check their website before you go, as jazz is only on certain nights. Expect a modest cover charge).

If you’ve never been to a jazz club, go! What are you waiting for? I promise you, even if jazz isn’t your thing, you’re going to be vibing on the live music.

The interior space is modern and elegant. The bites – elevated soul food – are fantastic.

And if you’re going for the wine, you won’t be disappointed. The wine list is expansive, and their sommelier will help you find your perfect pour, whether that’s something silky or something more flamboyant.

  • Address: 35 Division Ave S, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
  • Website: GRNoir

The best Michigan focused wine bar: Forty Pearl

Forty Pearl might be the first wine bar in the world to have chili dogs on the food menu. Kudos to them for thinking outside the typical wine bar box. Pair some with their truffle fries and a crisp white wine.

Almost everything you can drink at Forty Pearl is locally sourced. Discover the terroir of Michigan, sip by delicious sip.

  • Address: 40 Pearl St NW #110, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
  • Website: Forty Pearl

The spot with the biggest (and priciest) wine list: Reserve

House of Pain once claimed they had more rhymes than the Bible’s got Psalms. Well, Reserve has more wines than than House of Pain’s got rhymes (that sentence rhymed by the way. Totally lit).

Seriously. I’m talking 900+ bottles of vino. And Reserve stocks some choice bottles.

Do you have a craving for Chenin Blanc, ‘Clos du Bourg’ Vouvray Moelleux 1959? Your pallete is impressive. That bottle will set you back $580, but I bet every sip is glorious.

While Reserve is certainly an upscale, pricy place to eat an drink, not every bottle is $580. There are plenty of wine (and food) options for almost every budget.

  • Address: 201 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
  • Website: Reserve

The best place to enjoy a glass of wine outside: The Kitchen By Wolfgang Puck

Don’t get me wrong – the interior space at The Kitchen is absolutely stunning. It’s in the Amway Grand Plaza hotel, after all, the swankiest, most fabled hotel in town.

But if the weather’s pleasant, ask to enjoy your wine at an outdoor table. The views of the Grand River are marvelous. As a bonus, you can people-watch – the city’s riverwalk meanders past the outdoor dining area.

The wine list at Wolfgang Puck is nice, and not overwhelming – pick your favorite from a couple of dozen bottles, or try something new.

Hot tip: The Kitchen fires up some absolutely primo pizza if you’re feeling hungry.

  • Address: 187 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
  • Website: The Kitchen

The best fancy wine bar in Grand Rapids: Divani

Most wine bars are fancy. Hey, wine enjoys a more sophisticated reputation than the humble Jack and Coke or a mass-produced lager. And while there are no white table clothes at Divani, it’s the kind of place that feels like your table has some fine linen on it.

Divani is smack dab in the heart of town on Ionia Street. So if you’re looking for a more couth experience than, say, Stella’s or Hopcat, head over to Divani. Their wine list is vast, with most wines available by the glass or bottle.

Feeling extra fancy? Refined, even? Order a bottle from the “Old World” (that’s Europe, if you’re a new wine drinker). Cheers.

  • Address: 15 Ionia Ave SW Suite 130, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
  • Website: Divani

Best wine flights in town: House of Wine

House of Wine excels at wine flights. The offer a plethora of options, so you can sip three or four different wines side by side. Flight tastings are excellent ways for you to compare various wines (and other beverages), so you can find what types of flavors you’re drawn to.

Find one you like? Order a bottle and grab something to eat – the food at House of Wine is top-notch.

  • Address: 53 Monroe Center St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
  • Website: House of Wine