The 6 best wine bars and wine restaurants in Cologne 2024

On your way to Cologne and looking for the best places to enjoy tasty food and great wine? Let Star Wine List's ambassadors Tibor Werzl and Rienne Bilz guide you! Here is the guide to their favourite wine bars and wine restaurants in the city.

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  1. Phone: +49 0221 29493815

    Address: Friesenwall 58, Köln

    Bar Rix is a cosy wine bar founded in 2018 by the one and only Valentine Mühlberger in central Cologne. Valentine's mother is from France and she got bitten by the wine bug in the early 2000s in St. Emilion helping with the harvest. After that, she also studied oenology in Burgundy, including internships at Bize-Leroy and Chateau Latour! Back in Germany, she first worked as a freelancer to then fulfil her dream of a wine bar. The wine focus of Bar Rix is, as you can imagine, French and German with some gems from Austria and Eastern Europe. The list contains over 300 labels, and nearly all pr...

  2. Phone: +49 221 425954

    Address: Ottostraße 72, Köln

    Austrian Wine List of the Year Germany, presented by Austrian Wine 2023

    Located in one of the hippest districts, Essers Gasthaus is a must when visiting Cologne. They like to describe their kitchen as “good home-style” and you can safely put yourself in their hands; you will always be served the right wine with your meal! The formidable gastro couple Andreas Esser (from Cologne) and Iris Giessauf (the real boss from Steiermark) pay great attention to the quality and origin of their products, and they know many of the producers personally from working with them for years.

  3. Phone: +49 0221 56074207

    Address: Hansemannstraße 33, Köln

    The Frohnatur wine shop has now a lovely old-school wine bar called Frohnatur Weinstube in Cologne's trendy neighbourhood Ehrenfeld. Cosy and rustic in the best sense. They have a great selection of natural wines from all over Europe. The by-the-glass program is always interesting. My favourite page on the wine list is the "Thalys Sonderangebot". Thalys is a famous direct train from Cologne to Paris, so this section offers some rare French bottlings. The service crew is lovely and always there to help you find the right bottle. The kitchen crew uses only local products and they love to cook...

  4. Phone: +49 221 34662647

    Address: Pfeilstraße 31-35, Köln

    Best Short List of the Year Germany 2021

    There are thousands of reasons why you have to love Cologne. One of them is Henne.Weinbar on Pfeilstrasse. The wine bar supports the improvement of wine and social skills and is an absolute gem in culinary terms. The essence of Henne.Weinbar's kitchen is to avoid the classic menu sequence starter-intermediate course-main course-dessert. Just like in Spanish restaurants, guests should be able to order any dish at any time. Guests can order according to their mood and share with friends. All dishes are the same size, with no main courses in the sense of size. The open kitchen allows you to wa...

  5. Phone: +49 221 3557327

    Address: Antwerpener Straße 15, Köln

    ITO Japanese Cuisine is located in Cologne and offers a mix of traditional and modern Japanese cuisine. Sashimi, sushi, fish and meat are delicately prepared by Chef Kengo Nashimi, who spent many years working at a Michelin-starred Japanese kitchen in the area. The wine list is heavy with great Burgundy, Loire, Champagne and Germany Riesling. A nice selection of Sake can also be found. A great spot to find some rare treasures on the list.

  6. Phone: +49 0221 2405271

    Address: Engelbertstraße 31A, Köln

    Located in Cologne's "Komponisten Viertel", Tanica is a treasure trove for wine lovers. With a lot of candles and Italian charm Tanica makes you feel at home quickly. The wine list offers a great selection of mainly French and Italian wines, from underdog producers to high-end big names. The by-the-glass and cocktail program is also more than mentionable. The style of the kitchen is Italian with some cross-over elements. Tanica is especially known for pasta and super fresh fish and seafood. The staff is passionate about the product and wines and will always help you to make the right choice....