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San Francisco Wine Bars

San Francisco is an excellent city for wine bars. And, despite it's proximity to Napa Valley and Sonoma County, the wine bars of San Francisco are not dominated by California wine. Here's a complete guide to all of the wine bars in San Francisco.


Prices
are for a single glass of wine.
     $$ = $10 - $20
     $$$ = $20 - $30

Name

Location

Description

Amelie

$$
small plates

Russian Hill

1754 Polk St.
San Francisco, CA 94109

(415) 292-6916

"A modern wine lounge with French flair."  Good for a date, meeting a friend, or just an unwind spot. Half Old World (big French focus); half New World. Daily happy hour on both wine and food ($10 wine flights from 5:30-7pm). Cheese, charcuterie, and more substantial fare like salads, pasta, and duck til 10:30pm.

Antologia Vinoteca

 

North Beach

515 Broadway St.
San Francisco, CA
94133

 (415) 274-8423


Antologia, opened in July 2012, focuses on wines from Spain and Latin America. Wine is available by the glass or in curated flights. A handful of California wines, sangria, beer and cocktails are also offered. Food offerings are planned but not yet available.

Arlequin

$$
small plates

Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness

384A Hayes St.
San Francisco, CA 94102

(415) 863-1104

Part of the Absinthe Group and co-located with Arlequin Café, this wine shop / bar offers solid Thursday evening tastings, a tasteful retai bottle selection, and casual breakfast, lunch and dinner options  either indoor or on the back patio.

Bacchus

$$
cheese, etc.

Russian Hill

1954 Hyde St.
San Francisco, CA 94109

(415) 928-2633

Tiny tiny wine bar near the cable cars in intimate Russian Hill. A great pre- or post-dinner adventure. Limited food options (in the cheese plate genre) or delivery from nearby Sushi Groove.

Barrel Room

$$
cheese, etc.

Downtown / Union Square

620 Post St.
San Francisco, CA 94109

(415) 673-1916

Cozy & intimate spot near Union Square. Forty+ selections by the glass with an emphasis on terroir-driven wines. Monthly focus on regions with creative flights. Cheese, flatbread, charcuterie. Regular featured tastings and classes. Good pre- or post- dinner / theater option.

Barrique

$$
cheese, etc.

Financial District / Embarcadero

461 Pacific Ave.
San Francisco, CA  94133

(415) 421-9200

Private label wine served from casks. Focus on terroir and vinification of California premium wines. Non California offerings by the bottle. Small bites (of the cheesy sort). An interesting non-traditional concept.

Bin 38

$$
full menu

Marina / Presidio

3232 Scott St.
San Francisco, CA  94123

(415) 567-3838

Eclectic list of over 50 by the glass, old and new world. Full menu; beautiful patio (good for large groups). Can be a bit of a "scene", but a glass at the bar is worth checking out.

Blanc et Rouge

$$
cheese, etc.

Financial District / Embarcadero

Two Embarcadero Center
San Francisco, CA 94111

(415) 391-0758

Wines by the glass from California, Spain, France and Italy. Easy Financial District location in the Embarcadero shopping area. Cheese and charcuterie.

Blush! Wine Bar

$$
small plates

Castro / Noe / Glen Park

476 Castro St.
San Francisco, CA 94114

(415) 558-0893

"European style" wine bar in the heart of the Castro. Heavy Old World focus by the glass and bottle. Tiny but creative kitchen offering casual French fare.

Bubble Lounge

$$$
full menu

Financial District / Embarcadero

714 Montgomery St.
San Francisco, CA 94111

(415) 434-4204

San Francisco branch of the sparkling-focused nightclubby, sexy lounge. Good selection of Champagne by the glass, tasteful small plates, attractive and large event space.

Café Meuse

$$
cheese, etc.

Russian Hill

1400 Pacific Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94109

(415) 928-6674

Quaint neighborhood location with diverse wine offerins, daily happy specials, and small plates.

California Wine Merchant

$$ - $$$
cheese, etc.

Marina / Presidio

2113 Chestnut St.
San Francisco, CA 94123

(415) 567-0646

Very popular Marina hangout with a premium California-focused menu. Limited food, lots of nearby restaurants. Most Mondays feature a producer tasting.

Dell'uva

$$
cheese, etc.

North Beach

565 Green St.
San Francisco, CA 94133

(415) 393-9930

 

Mission / Bernal Heights

3235 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA 94117

(415) 970-0511

Dog friendly wine bar in the heart of North Beach. Patio. Limited food (cheese and flatbread). Second location in the Mission.

District

$$
full menu

SOMA

216 Townsend St.
San Francisco, CA  94107

(415) 896-2120

Fashionable loft style space offering 30+ wines by the glass, divided evenly between Old and New World. Lounge menu. Can accommodate large groups.

Etcetera

$$
full menu

Mission / Bernal Heights

795 Valencia St. at 19th St.
San Francisco, CA 94110

(415) 926-5477

Diverse wine list and tapas menu ranging from salads, tartares, cheese platters to "flammenkueche" from Alsace and desserts. Themed flights, ocassional live music, and event space.

Fat Angel

$$
small plates

Pacific Heights

1740 O'Farrell St.
San Francisco, CA 94115

(415) 525-3013

Great addition to the Fillmore, Yoshi's, Rassela's music scene.Both wine and beer drinkers will be happy! Flatbreads, salads, sliders, mac & cheese. Kitchen closes 1 hour before bar.

Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant

$$ - $$$
cheese, etc.

Financial District / Embarcadero

Ferry Building Marketplace

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA  94111

(415) 391-9400

Great location within the Ferry Plaza foodie ghetto. Attractive bar and retail sales. Wednesday night tastings. Classes and special events. Bread and cheese from nearby Acme and Cowgirl retail stores. Can't go wrong here. (Note the early closing time.)

First Crush

$$
small plates

Downtown / Union Square

101 Cyril Magnin St.
San Francisco, CA 94102

(415) 982-7874

Full American menu, near theater and shopping. Wine Specator Award of Excellence for the all-California wine list.

Hidden Vine

$$
cheese, etc.

Financial District / Embarcadero

408 Merchant St.
San Francisco, CA  94111

(415) 674-3567

Recently relocated from the Union Square area, the new location covers both Old and New World with 40 wines by the glass, and over 140 on the bottle list. First Tuesday regional wine nights. Bocce ball court. Can accommodate private events.

Hotel Biron

$$
cheese, etc.

Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness

45 Rose St.
San Francisco, CA  94102

(415) 703-0403

Intimate alley setting. Wines by the glass or bottle. Limited wine-friendly nibbles. Local artist showcases. Cozy, romantic, stylish.

InnerFog

$$
cheese, etc.

Sunset District

545 Irving St.
San Francisco, CA  94122

(415) 682-4116

Relaxed neighborhood wine bar and retail shop. Focus on unique, small production wines from around the world. Orgnized by "Soft Reds", "Rounded Reds", "Powerful Reds", and "Whites". Cheese and charcuterie.

Internos

$$
small plates

Presidio Heights

3240 Geary St.
San Francisco, CA 94118

(415) 751-2661

Relaxed and very friendly neighborhood wine bar. Rustic, cozy, and eclectic. Rotating wine offerings with limited but well chosen nibbles.

Nectar

$$
full menu

Marina / Presidio

3330 Steiner St.
San Francisco, CA 94123

(415) 345-1377

Fifty selections by the glass, constantly rotating. Bottle list of over 800. Thoughtful wine-friendly menu. Marina location has all the buzz you'd expect. Happy hour Mon-Fri 5-7pm with 50% off wines by the glass. Second location in Burlingame.

Neoteca

$$
full menu

Castro / Noe / Glen Park

1551 Dolores St.
San Francisco, CA 94110

(415) 824-5524

Neighborhood café serving wine, coffee, and food. Sidewalk seating, wifi, small tables, kids welcome.  Casual French-inspired food (think tarte flambee, croque madame, cheese plates, salads, and blackboard specials).

Ottimista

$$
full menu

Marina / Presidio

1838 Union St.
San Francisco, CA 94123

(415) 674-8400

Northern Italian focused wine list with a lusty menu of bites to match. Happy hour Tues-Fri 4-6pm. Wine dinners. And even a Happy MOM Hour Thursdays 4-6pm.

Pause Wine Bar

$$
full menu

Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness

1666 Market St.
San Francisco, CA  94102

(415) 241-9463

In the old Cav spot by the owners of Yield Wine Bar. Similar, but with a more extensive food menu. Organic and biodynamic wine focus.

Pe Yale

$$
small plates

Marina / Presidio

3131 Fillmore St.
San Francisco, CA 94123

(415) 441-1461

"Pe yale" is Farsi for "glass of wine". The second wine bar from the owners of Wine Yar on Fillmore, Pe Yale has a similar feel. Limited but interesting wine and food menu.  Good for a glass before or after dinner elsewhere.

Press Club

$$
small plates

Downtown / Union Square

20 Yerba Buena Lane
San Francisco CA 94103

(415) 744-5000

A wine bar and lounge showcasing specific premium California producers. Union Square / Moscone Convention Center location provides a professional yet swanky backdrop. Beautiful atmosphere for large events. Not your best choice for interesting Old World selections.

Que Syrah

$$
cheese, etc.

Forest Hill / West Portal

230 W Portal Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94127

(415) 731-7000

"Specializing in small production wines from around the world." Warm and cozy neighborhood atmosphere. Intimate with a cheesy but fun fake fireplace. Well liked staff. Limited food.

Swirl on Castro

$$
no food

Castro / Noe / Glen Park

572 Castro St.
San Francisco, CA 94114

(415) 864-2262

More of a wine retail store with a wine bar that's always open. 300 wine selections from California, Spain, Argentina, France and Italy. 20 wines by the taste or glass.

Terroir

$$
cheese, etc.

SOMA

1116 Folsom St.
San Francisco, CA  94103

(415) 558-9946

A natural wine merchant, focusing solely on organic and/or dry farmed wines, indigenous yeast fermentation and no use of chemicals.Over 700 different wines from old world producers. Artisan cheese and charcuterie. Do not go here if you are looking for a Rombauer Chardonnay.

Uva Enoteca

$$
full menu

Haight

568 Haight St.
San Francisco, CA  94117

(415) 829-2024

Italy! All Italian wine list, from Alto Adige to Sicily. Menu spans carne, vedure, formaggi, insalate, pasta, secondi, pizze and desserts. Saturday and Sunday brunch.

Vinorosso

$$
small plates

Mission / Bernal Heights

629 Cortland Ave.
San Francisco, CA

(415) 647-1268

Wine shop. Wine bar. Italian eatery. Both Italian and California wines by the glass. Husband and wife team. Small plates, salads, pasta al forma, cheese and salumi platters.

Vinyl Wine Bar

$$
small plates

NOPA / USF

359 Divisadero St.
San Francisco, CA 94117

(415) 621-4132

Happy Hour wine and beer, Fogcutter Food Truck, Pizza Nights, Soup Junkie's Soup Pop Ups, and Wine Bar Bingo. You got it all here.

 

Wine & Wall

$ - $$$$
small plates 

Financial District / Embarcadero

30 Steuart Street
San Francisco, CA 94015

(415) 243-9463 

A retail wine and art space located in One Market Plaza. It opened in June 2012 with a 46 bottle list with 12 available for tasting on any given day. A NapaTech dispenser keeps open bottle fresh. Both inexpensive and stratospheric wines are available for tasting, Sine Qua Non being among the latter right now.

Wines will be available with or without food. Food is prepared by One Market restaurant.

Wine Jar

$$
small plates

Pacific Heights

1870 Fillmore St.
San Francisco, CA 94115

(415) 931-2924

Both old and new world wines by the glass. Snacks til 11pm.

Yield

$$
full menu

Potrero Hill / Dogpatch

2490 3rd Street
San Francisco

(415) 401-8984

Organic and biodynamic wine list in stylish Dogpatch location. Food ingredients locally sourced with globally inspired recipes. Vegetarian and vegan options.