Wine-lovers alert! There are many great, 100% authentic wine bars in Cagliari!
When you’re in Cagliari, you’ll often find the best way to experience the culture here is to find somewhere to eat and drink and let your tastebuds learn for you.
I find that the very best places to get this sort of experience are wine bars. Of course, if you’re a wine-lover, you’ll already be thinking of this yourself! Sardinia has some fantastic local wines to try out, and where better to sample them than in a place designed for drinking wine?
Wine bars aren’t just places to drink though: the best wine bars in Cagliari also boast food menus, packed with delicious dishes and small plates to further showcase the Sardinian style.
But most of all, these are places where friends meet. I regularly visit local wine bars with my friends and can tell you these are the real thing, so authentic, so local (though now tourists are discovering them) – we sip local wines, try Italian and even foreign wines, enjoy a bit of local food in these locally run businesses.
Cosy and filled with chatter and laughter, you’ll have your best evenings in the city in a wine bar – trust me!
To give you some inspiration, I’m sharing my selection of my favorite authentic places to get a glass of wine. Enjoy!
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The Best Wine Bars In Cagliari
With its gorgeous tiled floors and minimalist bar, this place is like a modern take on an old-school delicatessen. There’s a fridge overloaded with meats and cheeses (they have a fantastic selection of Sardinian pecorino), things hanging from the ceiling, shelves stacked with jars, vintage scales on the counter, a few tables – I love it.
With all this delicious food, it’s no wonder there are tables here – how could anybody wait to sample what they’ve got on offer at Sabores?
The cheese and meat boards are incredible, as is the local wine – it’s a wonderful place to get acquainted with Sardinia’s culinary landscape. This definitely is one of my favorite wine bars in Cagliari.
The staff are excellent. As soon as you walk in, you’ll be asked your likes and dislikes, then served food and wine that match your tastes. Samuele, the owner, speaks really good English so you will be in good hands!
Sabores is located at 6 Via Lodovico Baylle. Opening hours are 12:30 to 3:30 pm and 6:30 to 11:30 pm, Tuesday to Saturday. If you plan on visiting at the weekend, and especially in the summer months, make sure to reserve a table in advance.
Pipette Bar Au Vin
Walk inside this Cagliari wine bar and you’ll be instantly transported to Paris. The interior decoration is simple, traditional and very Parisian if I may say.
There is an excellent selection of national and international wines – in fact, the wine menu comes with a map and the expert owner will be ready to suggest a wine to your liking based from the region you are considering,
When I visited last, we had a fabulous champagne but there’s even Lebanese wine on offer!
The menu includes a selection of snacks and munchies – think freshly cut fries, top quality anchovies with toasted local bread and butter, and seasonal bruschetta. But if you fancy a proper meal, they have you covered.
Their polpo (octopus) is delicious, and I have spotted some pasta dishes I will have next time I visit.
Pipette is located at 8 Via dei Mille. Opening hours are 12:30 to 3:30 pm and 6:00 pm to 12:00, Tuesday to Saturday. It’s open for lunch on Sundays too, from 12:30 to 4:00 pm. Reservations are recommended.
I literally tried Sa Binuteca last night following a friend’s recommendation and walked back home thinking I’d have to add it to my selection of the best wine bars in Cagliari.
Needless to say, I loved it. This shop / wine bar only offers wine from smaller wine producers in Sardinia – so you’ll know that what you are having is local and genuine.
They also prepare the most delicious “taglieri” – wooden boards filled to the brim with delicious local cheeses, preserved seasonal vegetables, charcuterie and more. The spreads are actually made by the owners’ mother: talk about family run!
They are located just off Piazza Garibaldi, in the Villanova District, but in a spot that is not known to tourists yet – so chances are you’ll only find locals there.
Sa Binuteca is located at 22A Via Farina. Opening hours are 11:00 am to 2:30 pm and 6:00 to 10:30 pm, Monday to Saturday.
Intimate and cosy, with small tables and small kitchen, Retrobanco is the perfect place to while away an evening.
Contrary to most wine bars in Cagliari, Retrobanco has a strong focus on French wines, but you will find a selection of local and Italian wines too, as well as Argentine, Spanish and Chilean wines.
Owner Pippo is incredibly knowledgeable, and will help you pair whatever food you order with the best wines on offer.
Retrobanco offers an excellent selection of meats and cheeses with charcuterie boards, perfectly complementing the in-depth choice of wine which you can enjoy by the glass or bottle; and you will also find a selection of appetizers, pasta dishes and main courses as well as desserts, with a selection of meat and seafood dishes and options for vegetarians too.
The atmosphere at Retrobanco is sophisticated, yet cozy. The staff is knowledgeable and friendly – along the owner, the waiting staff will take excellent care of you, and the chef creates modern dishes with top quality ingredients.
I only tried it recently, but I can foresee visiting again, and again – it already became one of my favorite wine bars in Cagliari.
Retrobanco is located in Viale Regina Margherita 91. It is open Monday (dinner only) to Saturday from 12:30 to 3:30 pm and from 7:30 to 11:00 pm. Dinner reservations are recommended, especially at the weekend.
Ex Tipografia has a cool aesthetic, mixing modern chic with rustic, traditional decor for an interesting mix of old and new. The bar is constructed from an antique set of drawers, which is extra cool. Style is certainly at the forefront of this Cagliari wine bar.
This is part of what helps the atmosphere of this place shine through – that, and the live music. While nights here can be spent sampling the wine collection (they have an extensive wine list which includes international wines too), days are about luxuriating over a long lunch or enjoying one of their famous breakfasts.
It has a “Market Bar” that allows you to buy bottles to take away from a regional and national selection.
Ex Tipografia is situated on 80 Largo Carlo Felice in the heart of the Stampace district. It’s open throughout the week from 8:00 am to 12:00, and on Fridays and Saturdays from 8:00 am to 1:00 am.
Cozy yet smart, Cronta is a crossover between a wine bar and a cellar, the kind of place where you’ll actually sit at tables surrounded by shelves packed full with different bottles of wine.
With a selection including wines from pretty much everywhere in the world, the range of wine by the bottle here is nothing short of outstanding.
To get a more Sardinian experience, purchase bottles of local wine and sit down to enjoy it in the bar, pairing your choice with small plates (think salads and pasta dishes).
There’s the possibility to sample the wine here if you’re unsure.
Cronta is located at 25/27 Viale Armando Diaz. From Monday to Saturday it’s open 10:00 am to 10:00 pm. It’s closed on Sundays.
With its terrazzo flooring and cute, mismatched furniture – as well as a scattering of vintage knick-knacks as decoration – Babeuf is a cool spot for wining and dining in Cagliari. It’s all about enjoying the hip yet welcoming ambience featuring wine paired with small, local plates.
There’s a fantastic selection of wine on offer at Babeuf, which certainly puts it at the top of any wine lover’s list. (For the beer-lovers, there’s craft beer on tap). With a small library and games to use, it’s a relaxed, friendly sort of place to hang out with friends.
The dishes here (different every day) are great value for money, so get yourself a few different plates to sample local flavors. It’s also listed as LGBTQ+ friendly.
Babeuf is located on Via Giardini, between the Giardini Pubblici and Parco della Musica. It’s open 7:00 pm to 12:00 am Tuesday to Saturday.
In Vino Veritas
The stripped-back, modern, and minimalist interiors of In Vino Veritas – with its wooden palettes and small tables – allow the food and the wine to do the talking. These guys pride themselves on typical Sardinian fare, with amazing cutting boards and a stockpile of regional wines.
It’s the kind of place that’s perfect any time of day, or for any reason. But more than its versatility, it’s the well-kept wines, the high-quality food, the excellent value for money, and the friendliness of the staff that make it such a highly recommended spot.
This is by far one of the best wine bars in Cagliari.
In Vino Veritas is located at 18A Via Giovanni Battista Pergolesi in San Benedetto, not far from Cagliari’s central nightlife. It’s open from 9:15 am to 1:00 pm, and in the evening, 4:30 to 8:00 pm (from 5:00 pm on Saturdays), Monday to Saturday. Closed on Sunday.
Overlook Wine and Beer
Overlook Wine and Beer is filled with retro appeal – think mid-century modern furnishings and striking geometric wallpaper. But what’s interesting about this place is that the decor is inspired by Stanley Kubrik’s 1980 film The Shining. If you’re a fan, you’ll love it here!
While this is also a great wine bar with a remarkably vast selection of different wines (there are bottles to choose from lined up on display), it’s also a good spot in Cagliari for craft beer. There’s a nice bar to sit at to try both Italian beer and brews from further afield.
If you’re hungry, you should definitely try one of their sandwiches. There are also vegetarian options.
You’ll find Overlook Wine and Beer at 130 Via Goffredo Mameli. It’s open from 7:00 pm to 2:00 am (good for night owls!) all week – except Sundays and Mondays when it’s closed.
BuffHouse – Wine Therapy & Bistrot
The fact that this place has “Wine Therapy” in its name should tell you a lot! It’s the sort of place to come to reset, with no airs and graces; just good food, great wine and a wonderfully rustic and friendly ambience that makes for a classic place to while away an evening.
The service is excellent here; the staff are very knowledgeable and will be happy to tell you about the food and its origins. There’s a wide selection of high-quality Sardinian wine to choose from (available by the glass or bottle), and the outstanding food menu is also well worth exploring.
Their cutting boards of cheeses, meats and olives are divine. If you want to try it out, it’s a good idea to book ahead – this place is pretty small.
Located on 28 Via Giovanni Maria Dettori, BuffHouse is on a narrow alleyway away from the main streets of the Marina. Wednesday to Sunday it’s open for lunch and dinner from12:00 to 3:00 pm and from 6:30 to 11:00 pm, while on Tuesdays it’s only open for dinner from 6:30 to 11:00 pm.
Wine Tasting Tours In Cagliari
To get acquainted with Sardinian wines, you may also want to join one of these guided tours:
- Wine tour Sardinia – the best reviewed wine tasting tour on the island.
- Wine experience around Cagliari – similar to the one above, but with a slightly smaller group.
- Full day wine experience private tour – an all-inclusive tour to one of the best local wineries.
Make sure to check out my other posts about Cagliari:
- Cagliari Nightlife: A Guide To Cagliari Best Bars
- Where To Find The Best Pizza In Cagliari
- 15 Incredible Restaurants In Cagliari
- Where To Stop For A Coffee In Cagliari
- Where To Have The Best Aperitivo In Cagliari
- The Best Budget Restaurants In Cagliari