Lauren Friel, Owner + Wine Nerd Extraordinaire 


Oodles of fun, obscure, nerd-worthy natural wines for way less money than usual. We’ll be serving up joy in liquid form, by the glass, by the bottle, by the liter, by the magnum, by the bucket if that’s your thing. 

We’ll also be hosting tons of visiting winemakers for our Rebel Revels, and we’ll teach Wine 101 every Sunday afternoon (so you can get your nerd on, too). 

P.S. Wine is for everyone. 


Lauren Friel has worked in the Boston restaurant industry for more than a decade. She’s been a busser, baker, server, barista, and cheesemonger, but she found her true love in wine when she became a sommelier during her time at Oleana and Sarma restaurants. There, she earned the title of Executive Beverage Director, and her eclectic wine programs received local and national recognition, including Wine Enthusiast's 100 Best Wine Restaurants Award, and Boston Magazine's Best of Boston Award

Lauren left the restaurant floor in 2015 to pursue VinDrop, a beverage consulting and content development company she founded in 2014. VinDrop is fueled by Lauren's drive to bring good wine to everyone's table, and she's lucky to have written wine programs for retail and restaurant establishments up and down the East Coast, including Committee Restaurant, The Wine Bottega, BAR New Haven, and Michelin-recognized Dirt Candy NYC. Lauren’s wine programs have been featured in Food & Wine, Forbes, Elle Magazine, the Boston Globe, Boston Magazine, Eater, VinePair, and Serious Eats, and she’s proud to say that the all-female wine list she developed for Dirt Candy is currently the only existing program of its kind in the US. 

Not one for downtime, Lauren also freelances for food and beverage publications. She has a mental health column with Chefsfeed, and her writing has appeared with Eater, The Kitchn, Terre Magazine, Bravo TV's The Feast, Thrillist, GOOD, Wine Advocate, and Gear Patrol.


I got an email from Gâté Comme des Filles founder, Alex Whisnant, describing Bow Market and telling me to get in touch with Zach and Matt. I was never sure I wanted a brick-and-mortar, but as soon as I heard about the project’s arts and community focus, I knew it was the place for me. I lived in Union Square for a decade, and I love the neighborhood so much! I’m so excited to be a part of this creative adventure. 


Empanadas from Buenas! Pierogis from Jaju! Macarons from Maca! Fries from Saus! Fish from Hooked! Chocolate from Gâté Comme des Filles! Tunes from Index! Bring all the snacks into Rebel Rebel, and I’ll sort your pairing out, with pleasure. 


To learn more about Rebel Rebel or to get in touch with Lauren, email her here.