VinBar–Ann Arbor’s Newest Wine Bar

This summer, the huz and I visited paid a visit to Michigan’s Leelanau Peninsula in the northern lower peninsula, which included a stay at the Inn at Black Star Farms over the Fourth of July weekend. During our stay, we heard from multiple folks in the area that a few of the local wineries were teaming up to bring their wines to Ann Arbor soon. Happily, they are now here!

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VinBar is Ann Arbor’s newest wine bar, exclusively featuring wines from three Michigan wineries (two of which we have visited!):

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VinBar is located on Liberty Street in downtown Ann Arbor, one block west of Main Street. It is quite lovely inside. (Huge fan of the red accent wall – probably because is really similar to the color of our dining room!)

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We elected to sit in a cozy nook in the front of the bar, in a pair of cozy lounge chairs facing large floor-to-ceiling windows. Nice people-watching!

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The menu offers sparkling wines from MAWBY, as well as various white, red, and dessert wines from Good Harbor and Black Star Farms, available in half-glasses, full glasses, and dine-in or carry-out bottles. I love the half-glass option, which allows me to try more wines in one visit.

Our server informed us that VinBar’s intention is to have a frequently updated and constantly evolving menu and selection of wines. Which means I’ll need to return ASAP.

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The day we visited was rather hot outdoors, and sparkling wine from MAWBY sounded perfect. Two half glasses each. I love bubbles! I especially enjoyed the M. Lawrence Freestyle Extra-Sec  (on the far left) wine from Mawby.

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The staff are friendly and knowledgeable, which is a great thing at such an establishment. Previously, our server worked in the Black Star Farms tasting room upnorth, and she clearly knew a lot about the product from her experience there! The vibe is chill, relaxed, and classy, with low-key music playing in the background. I am a huge fan. I can see myself visiting here frequently for a pre- or post-dinner glass (or flight!) of wine.

VinBar would be a great place to go on a date or with a group of friends to design your own wine flight of half glasses. If you find something you love, you can purchase a bottle to carry-out as well. Snacks like cheese and olives are available too, which I have yet to try.

All in all, I’m really excited that these three Michigan wineries have brought their wonderful wines to us here in Ann Arbor. I think this city is a great fit for it – what with our huge food and drink scene and locals’ desire for Michigan-made products. Can’t wait to return!

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4 thoughts on “VinBar–Ann Arbor’s Newest Wine Bar

  1. I was walking by and popped in on their first night – didn’t even have a sign yet. I’m a fan of Mawbys and am coming around to Black Star. I had their wines 5 yrs ago and was not impressed. They’ve improved quite a bit. I think it’s more of a tasting room than wine bar. Unfortunately that means that they probably won’t be bringing in some of the other terrific wines from there. Bummer. Whatevs, it’s a nice spot for a casual glass.

    • Oh nice! Yes, I think the sign had just recently been installed within a day or two prior to our visit.

      I became an instant fan of Mawby when first introduced this summer! I’ve got a bottle just waiting to be popped in my wine rack right now.

      My first taste of Black Star Farms wines was also about 5 years ago (4 actually now that I calculate). I definitely saw an improvement during our second visit to their tasting room more recently, this past summer. 🙂

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