Bacco Wine Garden, the city’s third Bacco-branded wine bar, opened last fall in Montrose. Like Bacco’s two other iterations (south of Greenway Plaza and Braeswood Place; also, a fourth is about to open on the 1400 block of Yale Street in the Heights), Bacco Wine Garden offers patrons a cozy setting to unwind and imbibe. The Montrose location is especially homey, having previously served as a shelter for homeless LGBTQ youth. Long before that, it was a private residence. Houston is no stranger to developers converting historical homes into bars and businesses (see also: Axelrad, Avant Garden, and Grand Prize). What sets Bacco apart, however, is that the rooms are still intact.
Enter through the front door and you’re greeted by a guest book as though checking into a countryside bed and breakfast. You have a few choices from there: plop on a plush couch in front of the brick fireplace, hit the bar directly ahead, or ascend the staircase adorned with tasteful prints.
Like Agora (another Grecian-themed Montrose hangout), Bacco has a wraparound balcony. Snag an intimate two-seater table on the top floor or weave through rooms outfitted with wingback chairs, long wooden tables, and mismatched vintage furniture.
Bacco’s atmosphere is much more relaxed than its inspiration—the god of wine and revelry—would suggest. Even with live musical performances and DJs spinning in the living room on weekend nights, the vibe is akin to a chill house party rather than a debaucherous rager.
Those wanting to take advantage of patio season can choose between two outdoor spaces at Bacco. A fence of empty wine bottles wraps around both the front patio and the back carriage house. On Saturdays this spring, sit at one of the barn red picnic tables and watch a movie under the stars.
A small food menu features light bites, grilled cheese, and crispy thin-crust pizza. There is a modest liquor selection, but wine, of course, dominates. The wine menu is expansive yet reasonably priced. Hit up happy hour when house bottles are only $18.