As its name suggests, Bar a Vin is a bar focused on the rich and varied experiences of French wine. Aspiring sommeliers can dub this cozy Georgetown hot spot as a training ground — with dozens of French wines available by the glass and hundreds by the bottle, you can experiment across from a range of winemaking styles, or focus on a particular region’s offerings.
But Bar a Vin isn’t just for wine experts. Happy hour specials from 4 to 6 p.m. offer substantial discounts on 14 different wines by the glass, so you can learn to tell your Bordeaux from your Burgundy without breaking the bank. Happy hour also features dollar oysters, and an array of cheese, charcuterie, and small plates. On the weekends, you might swing by for the brunch menu, as well. The eggs benedict and brioche French toast draw rave reviews on social media, and regulars say the bar’s signature brunch cocktails like the Magellan are not to be missed.