City Winery Network

Welcome to the first edition of the Spotlight, a new blog series featuring members of our network and what makes them special.

Today, we’re here to tell you about City Winery, a standout live music establishment that offers free WiFi in all of its venues. With locations in New York City, Napa Valley, Chicago and Nashville (Opening September 2014), City Winery creates a memorable experience by combining a uniquely intimate setting with a focus on three core principles: great wine, great music, and great food.

The man behind those principles is Michael Dorf (@michaeldorf); a native New Yorker, avid entrepreneur and the founder/CEO of City Winery. If his name sounds familiar to some of you, it’s because Michael was also founder of The Knitting Factory, a staple of the New York live music scene in the late 80’s and 90’s.

Michael Dorf is the founder of the flagship club in New York. (Photo Credit: Tony Cenicola, The New York Times)

Michael Dorf is the founder of the flagship club in New York. (Photo Credit: Tony Cenicola, The New York Times)

Here are 10 reasons our team believes City Winery is a truly awesome establishment

1) An award winning wine list with over 400 different producers from around the globe.

2) 20+ wines produced in house, varying from location to location based on the local vineyards, served on tap.

City Winery Wine on Tap

3) Barrel Rooms at each venue so visitors can learn more about the different aspects of the winemaking process

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Winemaker David Lecomte with the wine tanks at City Winery NYC. (Photo Credit: Kevin Hagen, NY Daily News)


4) The opportunity to make and create your own private barrel of wine, or take an existing product and create custom designed labels for your own personalized case.

To learn more about how you can participate in this program, choose your location: New York or Chicago

Winemaking at City Winery

5) A seasonal, globally inspired food menu designed to pair with their wine selection.  Highlights include Pizza Flatbreads that use wine lees in the dough, Pulled Duck Tacos, and a crowd pleasing adult variation on S’mores.

City Winery Food Menu
6) Rather than packing their venue with as many people as possible, they intentionally keep it small for a more comfortable, intimate live music setting.  Each location has a 300-400 person maximum capacity per show.

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7) As for the shows, they’re taking place often.  You can catch a live performance at City Winery, more or less every night of the week, any month of the year.Screen Shot 2014-08-06 at 1.32.50 PM

8) The setting itself falls right into a “sweet spot”, says Michael in a recent interview with Inc Magazine.  “Big enough to get big-name entertainers but small enough that it still feels intimate.”

9) That’s why shows like this are happening on a standard Tuesday night in September.  You can visit the New York, Chicago, or Napa site for a full schedule of upcoming concerts and shows.

Jeff Bridges City Winery
10) It’s really impressive to see all the great things happening inside City Winery at their different locations.  Equally impressive is the stand-out style that each location carries from the outside.

City Winery NYC

City Winery NYC

City Winery's Napa Location in the Napa Valley Opera House

City Winery’s Napa Location in the Napa Valley Opera House

City Winery Chicago

City Winery Chicago

City Winery Nashville

Opening Soon: City Winery Nashville

On September 17th, City Winery is slated to open a fourth location, a 30,000 square foot space in a city that knows a thing or two about live music: Nashville, Tennessee.

We’ve provided details and directions (click for Google Maps) so you can visit any of their locations.

New York (@CityWineryNYC)

City Winery NYC Location

City Winery is located on 155 Varick St in New York City’s SoHo neighborhood.

Napa Valley (@CityWineryNapa)

City Winery Napa Location

City Winery is located on 1030 Main St in Napa, California.

Chicago (@CityWineryCHI)

City Winery Chicago

City Winery is located at 1200 W Randolph St. in Chicago, Illinois.

Nashville (website)

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City Winery’s newest location is located at 609 Lafayette St in Nashville, TN.

Thanks for reading the Spotlight, and check out City Winery if you live near one.  Our team will be there on Tuesday, August 26th, for the final night of the Hudson Square Free Music summer series at the New York location.

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