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Free Corkage Nights

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Any night:

Fig Cafe & Wine Bar, Glen Ellen
Pinot Blanc, St. Helena
ZinsValley, Napa
Dry Creek Kitchen, Healdsburg (up to 2 bottles of Sonoma County wine)
The Grill on the Alley, San Jose
Bizou, San Francisco (for bottles purchased from K&L)


Blue Water Grill, Menlo Park

Monday, Wednesday & Thursday:

Stella's Cafe (with an advance reservation)


Mixx, Santa Rosa


Barndiva, Healdsburg
Alamo Square Seafood Grill, San Francisco
Blue Jay Cafe, San Francisco


Julia's Kitchen @ Copia, Napa (and any night for museum members with advance reservation)

First Monday of the month:

Tablespoon, San Francisco

Any others to add?

Restaurateurs, please email me if you have a free corkage policy and would like to be added to the list.

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  1. rutherford bar and grill, rutherford, and houstons in sf---all the time.

    1. If you want to go further downscale...

      Mai's on Clement
      Jitra Thai on Ocean Avenue

      Actually, I think a lot of the smaller and less well known restaurants have free corkage. You just have to call in advance and ask (and also to make sure they have wine glasses!).

      And on the other end of the spectrum, there are some places that serve wine and won't let you bring in your own at all--like that Indian Pizza place in the outer sunset in that mall with the 7-11 and laundrymat, whose name obviously escapes me.

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        Robert Lauriston

        Not free corkage, but wasn't there a post about someplace with a good wine list that was offering half off bottles on slow nights?

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        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          I thought that was One Market, but if it is currently mentioned on their website I couldn't find it....

          Link: http://www.onemarket.com/wine.html

          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            bacar does half priced wine nights. I think (but check first) that it's the first Monday of every month.


            1. re: nja

              Lark Creek Inn has had half price wine nights in the past too.

            2. re: Robert Lauriston

              Solstice on California and Divisidero has 1/2 price glasses on Sunday and 1/2 price bottles every Monday. Not the best selection or well known wines but it is something I certainally take advantage of. THe food it good, not great but not poor.

              Oh, and one market and all of Lark Creek restaurants had half priced bottles for the month of July

            3. Fournou's Ovens in the Stanford Court hotel used to offer 'no corkage' on Sunday and Monday nights.

              I don't know the current policy.

              1. Cindy's, St. Helena - half-price on every wines by the glass and no corkage every Tuesdays.

                1. Rex Cafe on Polk, Sun-Thurs.

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                    Robert Lauriston

                    If they haven't changed the policy, Nizza la Bella in Albany will comp corkage for one bottle if you buy one off the list, which has some unusual items (e.g. Chateau Simone) and a relatively low markup.

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                    1. re: Robert Lauriston

                      Same policy goes with Harris Steak house in San Francisco. Their $25 corkage per bottle is waived if you for every bottle you purchase off their list. We did this last year during my bachelor party and consumed a total of 8 bottles for 6 ppl.

                      1. re: HJ

                        Same with Frascati and La Folie.

                    2. the half price wine is at Bacar, first Monday of the month EXCLUDING Dec (so you have to wait til next year for the next one)
                      Even then it would be a good job to call them and check it's been reinstated for 2005.
                      Nearly all of their 1000 bottle of wines are half price, except about 2 pages (not much considering their full list is roughly bible-sized) of especially popular wines which are sold at regular prices.
                      They do hand you these on a separate list however, so you can cross check you are getting the bargains you want to!

                      I have never managed to find mention of it on their website, but it definitely was happening in November

                      1. Changes to this list that I'm aware of -

                        Bizou has closed and the new incarnation Coco500 has not continued the K&L free corkage policy.

                        Blue Jay Cafe no longer has free corkage nights.

                        Mixx has changed hands and the food is terrible. Not worth saving corkage fees here.

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                        1. re: Melanie Wong

                          Melanie-What a Service!!! Thanks, I've pasted to my PDA.

                        2. Any new restaurants woth mentioning for free corkage, either in San Francisco, down the peninsula or in San Jose?

                          1. Any night:

                            Houston's San Francisco
                            Los Altos Grill Los Altos
                            Rutherford Grill Rutherford
                            Bandera Brentwood, Sacramento

                            These all belong to the Hillstone Restaurant Group which has a national free corkage policy.

                            To see other restaurants owned by this group click here:


                            1. Thanks, Nancy. I don't see any menu prices. How expensive are Hillstone Restaurant Group restaurants?

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                              1. Nona's on Pedro Point in Pacifica has no corkage fee any night of the week. Nice little restaurant, especially the wild salmon and wild halibut from right off the coast here.

                                1. I haven't been, but a coworker just told me Zazie in Cole Valley has free corkage on Tuesday nights.

                                  1. Instead of free corkage, any places with discounted wines?

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                                    1. re: SteveTimko

                                      I thought of this thread last night when I saw an ad for Luka's Taproom in Oakland that has half-price on bottles on Sunday nights.

                                    2. Hmm, if Luka's can afford Half price bottles on Sunday, does that mean avoid the wine the rest of the week?

                                      1. Amour dans les Fours on Lombard is doing 1/3 off wine on Wednesdays.

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                                        1. re: Alba

                                          How is the food at this place?

                                        2. I love Amour's food, which is classic French bistro fare. Highly recommend the escargot, coquille st. jacques, butter lettuce, tarte tatin (but not in one sitting). They also stock affordable, sometimes obscure french wines - like reds from Cahors.

                                          Even better, it's got a wonderful cozy Parisian neighborhood bistro feel to it. A great date place (I've dragged at least 3 different gents there). And Blaise (the owner) is a real gem.

                                          1. Bacar does half-off bottles usually once or twice a month. Get on their mailing list to get notices.


                                            1. Market on Main Street in St. Helena has no corkage on Tuesday nights.