Wine Bars in SF
I did a search but come up with a lot of "bars" so I apologize if this has been covered. Looking for the best wine bars, wine is our primary focus, food second. Want reasonable prices, surprising/unusual selections, best wines more than anything else. Decent snacks a bonus but we plan on dinners at other restaurants. Anyplace to get great wine appreciated. Thank you.
Check out Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant in The Ferry Building. Excellent selection in the sit down bar including interesting selection of flights. Catch them on the right night and you might meet the wine makers. You can also choose any of the hundreds of bottles (at many, many price points) to enjoy in the bar for a $6 corkage fee. Staff is very knowledgeable, courteous and professional. They have a diverse selection of local cheese and meat plates, as well as marinated olives and mushrooms. You're also free to roam the Ferry Building before settling in and pick up any of a number of delicious eddibles to enjoy at the wine bar.
There is a wine bar in literally every neighborhood of San Francisco now, and unusual, well-chosen wine by the glass offered at 40 or 50 restaurants.
California wine? Italian wine? particular ambiance? Or a neighborhood you want to be in.
For example: We enjoyed the wine selection and snacks at Local but found it a cold scene worthy of London. Incanto has unusual Italian wines by the glass. 1550 Hyde has a carefully chosen list of glasses and bottles, designed to complement their food. Candybar has a wide selection of dessert wines at different price points.
To me, the most interesting are Terroir (strictly a wine bar, they have a few cheeses and cold cuts) and Cav (also a restaurant). Hotel Biron (not a hotel or connected with one) and Hidden Vine for atmosphere (both strictly wine bars).
Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant closes early.
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Cav Wine Bar
1666 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
620 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94109
45 Rose St, San Francisco, CA 94102
Terroir Natural Wine Merchant & Bar
1116 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
I highly recommend Cav - I was there a couple weeks ago and was incredibly impressed. The list is large and varied, the staff knows their stuff and are very professional. I'd never heard of a Banyuls Blanc before, but they had one on the list (Dom. Pietri-Geraud) at a very reasonable price so we couldn't say no. It felt great to go to a wine bar and truly experience something new, not just a different take on the same old varietals (not that there's anything wrong with that). Plus, the food is WONDERFUL.
I also recommend Cav- it's very possibly my favorite wine bar in the city. In fact, Cav continues to wow me. Great service, fresh atmosphere, highly-touted wine list, and delicious desserts (in addition to the other "kitchen" treats). Don't miss the coconut pot de creme or the marscapone panna cotta, when on the dessert menu. Both will knock your socks off.
Hotel Biron is smaller, with little to no food, but very knowledgeable staff. Expect artsy crowds later at night.