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Eugene's Top Urban Wine Bars

Published: October 27, 2021

 

As close as Oregon's delightful wine country is, sometimes wine tasting right in town fits the evening's agenda better. Sip amazing local wines at these excellent and convenient urban tasting rooms and wine cellars in and around downtown Eugene.

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Market District

Upscale and fun, the Market District offers the most wine bars in one location. Between 5th Street Public Market and Market Alley, there is a unique hub of colorful shopping, dining and entertainment. Enjoy live music and sip your wine on outdoor patios.

J. Scott Cellars on 5th

J. Scott Cellars on 5th has a contemporary tasting room right in the heart of the market. Enjoy wine flights, glass pours and bottle service. They also offer private wine tastings by appointment — take a deep dive into the art of wine making and the nuances of the palate. If you want to learn more about wine, J. Scott Cellars is the ideal destination. 

The Tap and Growler

At The Tap & Growler, it's more then just wine — they have 81 taps featuring craft beer, wine, cider, mead, kombucha, cold-pressed coffee and soda. But since you are here for the wine, explore taster trays or enjoy a glass of local favorites, regional and international selections. On Wine Wednesdays there are special wine tasting flights and discounts. Locally sourced food is served, growlers are filled to go and live music or themed events are frequently hosted. And there is a running club that meets here every Tuesday for a drink and a group run.

Bennett Vineyards on 5th

A favorite wine country tasting room is now easily accessible in the heart of downtown Eugene's 5th Street Public Market. At Bennett Vineyards on 5th enjoy the contemporary ambiance of their urban tasting room or relax with a glass of your favorite Bennett Vineyards Pinot on the Garden Plaza.

Blackboard at Provisions Market Hall & Le Bar at Marche

Additional wine tasting experiences are available downstairs at Provisions Market Hall's Blackboard wine bar or at their next door Marche's Le Bar. Blackboard offers a variety of wines to enjoy along with a pairing plates in a casual seating area within the market. Le Bar, the more formal French restaurant has a full service bar in the restaurant.

Pfeiffer Winery Downtown

Pfeiffer Winery hosts elaborate events at their vineyard, and are known for their in-depth wine tutorials, but now you can indulge in their excellent wines while out shopping or dining downtown. Their Market Alley tasting room location makes it easy to pick up a bottle or two of your favorite, exclusive wine.

Downtown Eugene

With easy navigability, engaging street art, food trucks, sidewalk dining and niche performing arts venues; the heart of downtown Eugene manifests that exciting urban vibe. 

Civic Winery & Wines

Civic Winery is a wine bar you can easily love, not just because of its sophisticated store front and its on-site fermentation, but because they truly embrace the community. The building's historical foundation (it was designed by the same builder of Eugene's 1930s beloved wooden Civic Stadium that burned down in 2015) is just the start — Civic Winery stocks and pour natural wines made by boutique artisans using organic and biodynamic farming. For fermenting their own Civic Winery label wines they use Oregon-crafted terracotta amphora, an ancient wine making technique. Topping it off, the Civic Winery rubs elbows with one of Eugene's phenomenal restaurants the Lion & Owl. Waiting for a table next door? Start your meal off right with a glass of wine and small plate at the Civic Winery while you wait.

Oregon Wine LAB

Come here for yoga and mimosas (offered on some Sundays), or just to enjoy the ultimate urban wine bar experience at one of Eugene's most friendly wine establishments. The owner of Oregon Wine LAB not only pours his own very special wines under the William Rose label, he showcases other local high quality artisan brands that don't have established tasting rooms. Come here to find yet-to-be-discovered wines from across the region! There is also another highly prized feature of this particular tasting room — the famed and award winning Da Nang Vietnamese Eatery food truck that is predictably on site daily.

Capitello

Just a short stroll from Oregon Wine LAB is Capitello Wines tasting room where you can enjoy small-batch, handcrafted wines. Owner Ray Walsh brough his passion for winemaking all the way from New Zealand to Eugene where he is crafting award-winning wines — some of the areas best. If you love Sauvignon Blanc, this is the urban wine bar for you. 

Eugene's Whiteaker Neighborhood

The Whiteaker Neighborhood produces regionally-celebrated craft beer — but this artistic and independent neighborhood is also home to amazing craft distilleries and wineries — thus it is more aptly considered "the fermentation district". On the outskirts of Eugene's downtown, discover several very special winery tasting rooms.

255 Madison

Eugene's first urban tasting room, originally "Eugene Wine Cellars", is now 255 Madison, a collaboration of several vintners and beverage artists pouring ferments in a beautiful shared space. So Down Wine Co. crafts creatively infused wines, Carisse Champagne Bar presents Champagne cocktails, and of course, Eugene Wine Cellars uncorks their B2 wine collection. 

Territorial Vineyards & Wine Company

Territorial Vineyards & Wine Company graces "The Whit" with live music, seasonal sidewalk dining and year-round small plates to accompany their outstanding collection of wines. Discover the laidback but elegant weekend scene in their urban setting.

Author: Taj Barnhart Morgan

Taj Barnhart Morgan is the Director of Content Strategy for Travel Lane County. A journalism graduate from the University of Oregon, Taj has two decades of special event management and hospitality marketing experience in San Diego, CA and Maui, HI. Passionate about mothering, and back to her Oregon roots, she is discovering the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region all over again through the eyes of her daughter.