Tasting Counter





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Maybe you’re feeling spontaneous or a bit curious. Or perhaps you are just in the mood to drink some truly amazing wine. Visit us for Wine Bar when we slide open our doors and offer an à la carte menu of seasonal small bites, as well as full-course dishes... such as smoked duck sandwich on potato roll and spiced sweet potato fries, to seaweed dumplings with sea urchin and chili-molasses glazed amberjack collar... which happen to pair perfectly with our collection of unique natural wines available by the glass and bottle.

Our wine list features a number of lesser-known and beautifully made varietals from talented grower-producers including charming old-world style wines from Italy and France, along with exciting discoveries from around the world, from Spain to Slovenia, and Argentina to Oregon. With lots of lovely surprises and great value (small bites start at $6, while wines by the glass begin at $10), Wine Bar offers the perfect excuse for an aperitif, nightcap, or evening out. No reservations are required and seating is first come, first serve... simply drop in and enjoy the comforts of our space.

  Wine Bar Takeover . . .

Wine Bar Takeover at Tasting Counter is just that… a takeover! It’s a monthly guest chef series which takes place during our Tuesday Wine Bar service (5pm-1am / last call for kitchen at midnight). We invite our industry friends to come “take over our menu” for a one-night-only special event. While we love pairing delicious, hand-crafted, low-intervention wines with our multi-course tasting menus, they also pair amazingly well with nearly any style of cuisine. That’s what Wine Bar Takeover is all about… mixing it up for a night of fun with friends, eating a variety of delicious food – from rice smoked duck to fried chicken – discovering exceptional pairings of unique wines with unique cuisine!

Upcoming Wine Bar Takeovers:

  • MC Kitchen Tuesday, November 19, 2019
  • Desserts with our own Pastry Chef, Kevin Halim Tuesday, December 10, 2019
  • Eric Frier (Neptune Oyster) Tuesday, January 14, 2020
  • Past Wine Bar Takeovers:

  • A Toast to Toast with Tyler Akabane October 2019
  • Carl Dooley (Season to Taste) September 2019
  • Tse Wei Lim August 2019
  • Lydia Reichert (Sycamore) July 2019
  • Hot Chix June 2019
  • Seizi Imura (Cafe Sushi) April 2018
  • Andy Husbands (The Smoke Shop) March 2016
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    THE IMPROPER BOSTONIAN – 2018 Hidden Gem Award

    THE FOOD LENS – Natural Wine Bar at Tasting Counter

    THE BOSTON GLOBE – In Somerville, Tasting Counter has a secret: It's also a wine bar

    THE BOSTON GLOBE – At Tasting Counter, a wine that transports to an orchard in France

    BOSTON MAGAZINE – Tasting Counter’s Casual Wine Bar Is Now Open Five Nights a Week

    EATER BOSTON – You No Longer Have to Stay up Late to Visit Tasting Counter’s Natural Wine Bar

    BOSTON MAGAZINE – Tasting Counter Debuts a Late-Night Natural Wine Bar