- Open Monday to Sunday from 12 PM to 1 AM. Booking is not essential.
- Best for: Trying natural Georgian wines, pre-dinner drinks
- Lunch menu starts from 16 GEL / A glass of wine starts from 5 GEL
- Wines to try: Kalamus Wines’ Rkatsiteli, Shalauri Cellar’s Saperavi
“Amber is the color of Georgian wine” – that’s what they will tell you in Amber Bar. If you have ever tried white kvevri wines, you are going to agree.
This elegant wine bar which is situated in the “New Tbilisi” area (charming, newly renovated part of Aghmashenebeli avenue) is a dream for wine lovers as they offer an amazing selection of Georgian natural and qvevri wines. Organic trends seem to gain popularity among the Georgian winemakers which results in unique, unforgettable wine experience.
The vibe is laid-back and relaxing, interior feels vintage with a modern twist. The atmosphere is quite easy-going here so you will not want to dress up. While this place is never too crowded (well, except Friday or Saturday evenings when they have live performances with Georgian artists) Amber bar benefits from the lively ambience of Aghmashenebeli avenue, which is always full of tourists. They have music evenings once or twice a week so you might want to check their Facebook page for an update.
What’s cooking? Shrimps with pineapple, eggplants satsivi with gomi sticks, chicken with prunes with pomegranate sauce ‒ the menu looks quite short yet amazingly delicious but let’s admit it, you haven’t really come here to eat. There’s a superlative selection of natural wines, and some other drinks as well. We recommend to skip whiskey and chacha and start with a glass of Bessini’s Kindzmarauli for 5 GEL (don’t let the price tag fool you, it’s a very nice semi-sweet red wine with soft berry undertones). If you are in the mood for white dry kvevri wine, Kalamus Wines’ Rkatsiteli (fine wine with green tea aroma) might fill the bill (35 GEL for a bottle). Also consider Giuaani’s Mtsvane (24 GEL for a bottle) if you enjoy ripe fruits and oak undertones in your wines. Trying Shalauri Cellar’s Saperavi (44 GEL) and Chateau Muhkrani’s Shavkapito (35 GEL) can turn to an interesting experience due to their exotic, unusual flavor. If you are not ready for a serious wine degustation though, you can sip a tasty sangria for 5 GEL outside and enjoy the sunny day while watching tourists passing by.
If you are hungry, keep in mind that you can have fondue here for a great price. Amber Bar also offers very nice appetizers that match wine tasting like Georgian-European cheese board or prosciutto and fig jam bruschetta. Main course meals will not please vegetarians as all of them are made of meat (tolma stuffed wine leaves might be your first choice if you like meat as much as Georgians do). If you are vegetarian though, you will have to stick with appetizers – there are quite a few to choose from. The first thing to consider is assorted pkhali – a traditional Georgian meal made from chopped and minced vegetables and ground walnuts. For a dessert (if you have not had enough wine) take churchkhela – one of the most delicious Georgian candies made from natural grape juice and nuts.
You can take a bottle of wine with you. There’s 10% discount for all of the wine purchased as takeaway.
Address: 49, Aghmashenebeli Ave. between Marjanishvili and Zaarbriuken squares.