Uncorked: City Winery Boston announces September 17 opening, fall lineup

A new type of bottle service is coming to Boston’s live music scene: City Winery.

The highly-anticipated 300-person-capacity destination at One Canal Street in Boston’s Bullfinch Triangle, billed as a “state-of-the-art concert venue, working urban winery, restaurant, and private event space,” will open September 17.

Toronto guitarist and former Triumph co-founder Rik Emmett will perform at the venue’s opening night, and it sets the tone for a rather impressive debut slate for the franchise that has seen success already in New York City, Nashville, and Chicago.

Included in the fall lineup are multi-night appearances by Frank Turner, Art Garfunkel, Rufus Wainwright, Suzanne Vega (performing Solitude Standing and 99.9 F°), Shawn Colvin, and more, as well as one-off performances from Ben Ottewell of Gomez, John Popper of Blues Traveler, Eilen Jewell, Wye Oak, Loudon Wainwright III, Melissa Ferrick and others.

“Our goal is to offer a one-of-a-kind concert and dining experience,” says Michael Dorf, CEO and founder of City Winery, in a press release. “By blending the worlds of wine and music together, we create an intimate atmosphere where guests can enjoy a concert while savoring great food paired with phenomenal wines for an experience unlike any other restaurant or concert venue in town.”

Adds general manager Keven Halopoff: “City Winery redefines the music venue. We look forward to opening our doors and adding a whole new dimension to Boston’s live music scene on both a national and local level.”

Tickets are be available for City Winery’s VinoFile members starting June 20, and the public on-sale starts three weeks later on July 13. For info on the VinoFile program, click here.

In addition to its plan of roughy 300 live shows a year, City Winery Boston, nestled between North Station and the North End, also features “a separate 100-seat restaurant, a 40 to 70 seat private dining room, a main performance venue, seating 300 guests at tables with full dining and beverage service; a smaller room showcasing singer songwriters and comedians; and an adjacent working winery separated by glass walls visible to restaurant and concert patrons.”