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At The Bar: Dio Wine Bar

There comes a time when our thirst need only be quenched by something other than water. When it’s time for girls’ night, a wine bar night is usually in order. One of the latest additions to H Street, Dio Wine Bar,  is all that is fun, flirty, and fab about going for drinks with your gal pals.

The Movers and Shakers

We met Stacey Khoury-Diaz and her team of powerful women at a Mess Hall event and have been eagerly anticipating the opening of her new spot, Dio, ever since. The wine bar only sources all natural wines, meaning they come from sustainable sources,  are sourced through ethical practices, and are often local. With this in mind, each wine has a story.

The Vibe

Dio is electrically retro, but cozy enough to curl up with a Cab Sauv and some cheese.  Fluorescent lights reel you in, but the mellow blue and soft tones inside make you stay. It doesn’t feel overly boujee as many wine bars can seem: you definitely don’t need to be a wine connoisseur to enjoy this playful menu and atmosphere.

Is this seat taken? 

Bar seating and high tables occupy the space surrounded by side seating with small tables and pillows. If you choose to do so, there’s ability to sit intimately aside friends or loved ones, or, you can keep it conservative by the bar. The space is tight, but it adds to the charm.

The Libations

We got a taste of some awesome rosés just as the warm weather finally left us. Many were beautifully crisp with floral notes. The Dio sangria is amazingly fruity and delicious. As you can expect, thought was put into crafting this special sangria: it’s not just an opened bottle of wine with various, sugary mix-ins.

The skin fermented Pinot Grigio was delicious, with a high acidity, light mouthfeel, and essence of stone fruits resembling both flavors of the gone summer and the fruits of the fall harvest.

Personally, I thought their selection of rosés were on point. Although the wines weren’t super complex and deep in flavor, they were, without a doubt, refreshing and resembled the more cold and moist terrain of the east coast climates of which they are from.

The real kicker here is to accompany your wine with fresh and fancy cheese boards for $24. The cheese comes with delicate jams and can honestly pair perfectly with their entire drink menu. Other smaller bar snacks like nuts, pickles, and meats can also be enjoyed. All the bar snacks are pretty perfect, so you really can’t go wrong.

Dio is a place that suits many purposes. You’re going to want to grab some girl friends for a relaxing evening, stroll in while you’re waiting for a table at dinner, or even stumble through for a little night cap.

Wines by the glass range from $12-$20 and funky beers and cocktails go from $8-15, so it’s a pretty average price for an above average experience. We recommend the cheese and meats accompanied by one of their “Pink+Orange” wines, which are lighter and aren’t as commonly found at typical French or Italian wine bars.


To female entrepreneurship, sipping the natural fruits of the land’s labor, and salty meats and cheeses that will leave you longing to return when you find yourself on the recently trendy H Street.

Dannah Strauss

Dannah is our toughest critic. With a food and drink background, this Bitch brings her sophisticated opinion to the D.C. dining scene. Dannah is our D.C. editor and has all the restaurant intel. She's always game to try something new, but when it comes to brunch, she's looking for the classics done in an exceptional manner. French toast over pancakes, and bloodys over mimosas, always.

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