Casual Kraków Wine Bars
CZARNA OWCA WINO BAR
A nice departure from the usual pretensions of wine culture, 'Black Sheep Wino Bar' captures the double entendre dualities of the word 'wino' in Polish (wine) and English (a lush who drinks wine excessively). Small and stylish, but also capturing the boho atmosphere of Kazimierz as well as any other local venue, Czarna Owca offers a wide range of excellent wines from across the world, by the glass or by the bottle, at very nice prices. The friendly, professional, multi-lingual staff set the social atmosphere by not only helping you select your desired dram, but encouraging you to sample several first. Tapas are available, spring water is free, and they also often organise intimate concerts. Raise a glass and make some friends.
Connected with 'Kondrat Wina Wybrane' (Kondrat Selected Wines) - one of the largest wine importers in Poland - BARaWINO is hardly the domain of haughty sommeliers, wine snobs and flashy business execs, but rather a social, laid-back gathering place for friends (not just couples!), who place their orders at the bar and either take their bottle home (at a discount), or relax at one of the simple wooden tables. The selection of bottles in stock surpasses 200, at least 25 of which are available by the glass from the bar, which also offers some wine snacks like cheese and olives. On Tuesdays they have wine promotions, and watch out for occasional tastings. A nice reminder that you don't have to be dressed to the nines to go enjoy a glass of wine.
This inconspicuous locale on ul. Karmelicka hosts one of Kraków's best all around venues. Serving as a cafe, wine bar, bistro and shop, Mercatino boasts an unrivalled selection of imported food products primarily from Italy and Sicily, but also Hungary and Poland, including jams, cheeses, meats and, most importantly, wine. When it comes to the latter, you'll find that it's not only Italian vintages, but Mercatino has asserted itself as a 'Polish Wine Centre' offering the best Polish vintages by the glass, carafe or bottle. Before you have a seat inside, however, you must wind your way through the back of the shop into Kraków's most glorious garden - there's no better place for a dram in town.
Classy Kraków Wine Bars
One of Kraków's finest restaurants, Art won the 2018 World Luxury Restaurant Award for the world's best restaurant serving Polish cuisine. As this is truly the heights of white glove gastronomy, you can bet they have a knock-out wine cellar as well. Get to know Art's exclusive wines, modern, innovative food and intimate ambiance by making a dinner reservation for one of their 5-, 7- or 9-course tasting menus, with accompanying wine pairing. Unfolding over several hours, can you imagine a better way to spend an evening?
If you're looking for the type of exclusive, intimate, romantic experience that the very idea of sharing a bottle of wine with someone special seems to conjure, then reserve a table in Bottiglieria 1881. Boasting sharp decór, VIP service and an expertly stocked wine cellar (of course) with over 450 vintages, this small wine bar and restaurant simply exudes class and taste. The menu of mouth-watering sous vide dishes changes regularly - each perfectly complemented by the deft recommendations of the sommelier - but why settle on just one dish when you can spring for a 5- or 7-course tasting menu (served from 17:00)? A great place for business or courtship, upon opening Bottiglieria quickly scooped an 'Award of Excellence' from Wine Spectator magazine, and also a top local award for their cuisine.
ZAKŁADKA BISTRO DE CRACOVIE
While we're on the subject of Wine Spectator, the most recent restaurant whose wine selection has gained their attention is Zakładka in Podgórze, which scored a 2019 Award of Excellence from the mag. This thoroughly classy French-style bistro strikes the perfect balance of modern elegance, exciting upscale cuisine and below market prices to make it outrageously popular. The menu changes seasonally while tackling French delicacies and regional Polish dishes with equal respect and aplomb - all of them accompanied by the best French and Polish wines on the market. A perfect date destination, seemingly everything inside is an aphrodisiac; make a reservation now.