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Jul 22, 2007 08:05 AM

The Hidden Vine wine bar is great [San Francisco]

Went there last night for the first time and it was a really nice little place. It's name is spot on because it is very easy to miss in it's hidden location on a slightly obsure street. The Hidden Vine is in a basement location that you enter from Cosmo Place (same street as Le Colonial). There is a small awnig that simply says "wine bar". I believe there is an entrance from post street too, but I didn't see it myself.

The place itself is very cozy. Kind of a dark room with a variety of couchy seats, tables and a high-top with stools. There is also a small, 4-stool bar. They have a long list of wines by the bottle and many by the glass. We went for the flights, which they do a great job of putting together. I had the cal-ital flight, 3 reds that are made in California with Italian varietals. Big thumbs up on the 2003 Gianni Paoletti Nero d'Avola, Napa Valley. My wife had a white flight called "fun & funky" which featured less common California whites. They offer comparisson tastings too, like two pinot noirs from different regions; I'll go back to play with those. Oh, and the staff was very knowledgeable about the wines and friendly. They gave us some great info and had answers for all our questions, they really know there stuff!

They also offer a nice selection of local cheeses, sausages, olives, and xox truffles.

For a pre or post theater stop, or just a glass of great wine and a light snack this place is great.

Hidden Vine
620 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94109

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  1. The Hidden Vine's other entrance is a door in the back of the lobby of the Fitzgerald Hotel.

    I wouldn't call it dark. I never have trouble reading the menu.

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      I didn't say it was too dark to read the menu. The lighting is dark in the sense that it creates a nice, cozy atmosphere.

      1. re: sgwood415

        The lighting's very nicely done.

        Maybe half the wine bars in town are so dimly lit that I have trouble reading the menu, so that's what "dark" implies to me.

    2. Hidden Vine moved to the FInancial District and has a bocce court. Doesn't have the grandma's parlor feel of the old spot but it's very nice. 408 Merchant, next door to Cafe Prague.

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      1. re: Robert Lauriston

        I think another wine bar has taken its place in the old location: The Barrel Room
        Same really nice set up, laid back cozy atmosphere, good wine and nice, knowledgeable staff.
        A few weeks ago, I hung out with a Portuguese winemaker friend of mine, had a glass of Kerner and was able to talk shop without being hassled.
        Easy walk from BART, this will be my go to place for Wine Geek get togethers in the City.

        The Barrel Room
        620 Post St
        (between Taylor St & Trader Vic Aly)
        San Francisco, CA 94109
        Neighborhood: Civic Center/Tenderloin
        (415) 673-1916

          1. re: Melanie Wong

            Bigger selection of wines, real kitchen, much longer menu. The old place just had cheese and cold cuts, no?


            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              Yes, I think the old place had only cheese + cold cuts. We rented out the bocce lane at Hidden Vine this Saturday and had a great time. Got to try a lot of their wine by the glass menu, which had an impressive range of appellations and prices. I had a Picpoul de Pinet that I liked.

              1. re: pane

                Picpoul de Pinet . . . it's fun just to roll those words off the tongue, isn't it?

                The one on the list is 2011 Domaine Guillermarine Picpoul de Pinet, Languedoc.

                You might also like Picpoul de Pinet Cuvee Ludovic Gaujal that Premier Cru in Berkeley sells for $10.

                Try any snacks?

                1. re: Melanie Wong

                  Thanks for the tip! Nope, no snacks.

              2. re: Robert Lauriston

                Thanks, I hadn't opened the online menu. What I meant is, if you tried the food, what's your opinion?

                1. re: Melanie Wong

                  Sliders and charcuterie were good. If you're looking for a place with a bocce court, it'd be hard to beat the whole package.