Haley.henry is a wine bar in the heart of Downtown Crossing. Established in 2016, it is a magical place, where laughs are had, plans are made and neighbors come together to toast one another’s health. It is meant to educate, to inspire & to introduce new wines and experiences to whomever walks through the door.
- 45 Province St., Boston, 617-208-6000, haleyhenry.com.
It used to just be a place to sip a Sazerac before being whisked away to the stuff of formal-dining dreams. Now L’Espalier beverage director Lauren Daddona wants guests to think of the former Salon lounge as a wine bar that’s a destination unto itself. To accomplish this, she’s pulling from the 10,000-bottle cellar to put together of-the-moment flights (“Champagne Saves Lives”), daily carafe options, and a by-the-glass list highlighting hard-to-find vintages.
- 774 Boylston St., Boston, 617-262-3023, lespalier.com.
Late Nite Natural Wine Bar at Tasting Counter
Once the ticketed tasting-menu extravaganza winds down for the evening at this Somerville spot, the oenophiles pour in. Three nights a week, beverage director Eileen Elliott pulls out up to 20 natural bottles to offer by the glass alongside chef Peter Ungár’s after-hours bites. She’s particularly fond of “wines that drink like food,” including the salty Gut Oggau Winifred rosé.
- 10:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.; 14 Tyler St., Somerville, 617-299-6362, tastingcounter.com.
Belly Wine Bar
At the recently reopened Belly, Liz Vilardi puts together her whimsical wine list “like an art project,” with pours grouped together under themes such as “Take Me to the River” (featuring wine producers near waterways such as Germany’s Mosel). At any given time, an impressive 30 or so labels are available by the glass or in 2-ounce tastings.
- One Kendall Sq., Cambridge, 617-494-0968, bellywinebar.com.