Joining the small catalog of Nashville wine bars, By the Bottle launched in 2021—first as a bottle-only service at the endlessly hip Urban Cowboy Public House, and now inside the vibrant, emerald-accented Vandyke Bed & Beverage bar space. Owner Kate Cunningham’s thoughtful list of small-production, naturally made wines includes a half-dozen by-the-glass options and twenty-or-so reasonably priced bottles. The conversational list runs from “low-investment risks” (with MDZ malbec and Mary Taylor Bordeaux rouge) to “don’t be scared,” where you’ll find Rodica’s sparkling, fizzy refosk and a pet-nat riesling. Cunningham’s current darling is the bright and silky Pullus from Slovenia, a 100-percent skin-contact pinot grigio. “I wanted to have a skin contact that wasn’t scary; […] pinot grigio, guests understand it and are open to the conversation,” she says. A revolving list of pop-up kitchens, like roving oyster bar The Local Pearl, join Cunningham in the space most nights, providing a constantly changing menu for her to pair against.
105 S. 11th St., Nashville, TN 37206
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