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Free Corkage Nights

Melanie Wong Nov 27, 2004 02:29 AM

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.

Link: http://chowhound.safeshopper.com/23/c...

  1. Non Cognomina Sep 17, 2006 12:49 AM

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

    1. Robert Lauriston Sep 15, 2006 09:45 PM

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


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        Alba Sep 15, 2006 09:15 PM

        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.

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          Alba Sep 13, 2006 03:33 AM

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

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          1. re: Alba
            Husky Sep 13, 2006 03:47 AM

            How is the food at this place?

          2. SteveTimko Sep 12, 2006 10:42 PM

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

            1. SteveTimko Sep 8, 2006 08:29 PM

              Instead of free corkage, any places with discounted wines?

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              1. re: SteveTimko
                Ruth Lafler Sep 8, 2006 09:05 PM

                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. Frosty Melon Sep 7, 2006 05:00 PM

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

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                  Laura2 Sep 7, 2006 04:53 AM

                  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. SteveTimko Sep 5, 2006 09:27 PM

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

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                    1. re: SteveTimko
                      Nancy Berry Sep 6, 2006 07:29 PM

                      Here's Houston's menu:


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                      Nancy Berry Sep 4, 2006 09:07 PM

                      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. SteveTimko Sep 4, 2006 04:22 PM

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

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                          Melanie Wong Aug 18, 2005 02:08 PM

                          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
                            christinet Aug 19, 2005 05:32 PM

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

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                            Sixy beast Nov 29, 2004 05:15 PM

                            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

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                              Robert Lauriston Nov 29, 2004 04:47 PM

                              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
                                HJ Nov 29, 2004 07:47 PM

                                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.

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                                  MikeW Nov 30, 2004 04:48 PM

                                  Same with Frascati and La Folie.

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                                phil Nov 29, 2004 04:35 PM

                                Rex Cafe on Polk, Sun-Thurs.

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                                  rcc Nov 28, 2004 09:35 PM

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

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                                    SteveT Nov 28, 2004 03:27 PM

                                    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.

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                                      Robert Lauriston Nov 28, 2004 02:42 PM

                                      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
                                        susancinsf Nov 28, 2004 03:46 PM

                                        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
                                          nja Nov 28, 2004 04:06 PM

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


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                                            Melanie Wong Nov 29, 2004 12:47 AM

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

                                          2. re: Robert Lauriston
                                            laurenb Sep 4, 2006 06:38 PM

                                            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

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                                            Anne in SF Nov 28, 2004 11:45 AM

                                            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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                                              rich Nov 27, 2004 11:23 PM

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

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