Will be in the San Fran area in February. Press Club has been recommended but I see little mention of it on this board. I checked the web site, so know what it is about - but would like to get some feedback from anyone who has actually been there. Thanks.
I went once and vowed never to return! It was a terrible experience and the sentiment was shared by our whole group. We found it totally overpriced, the pours were tiny and the cheese plate was laughable. Server was nowhere to be found--poor guy was totally overwhelmed. You're given these cards that are swiped at each wine station, except ours were all messed up once we were ready to pay--some in our group overcharged, others not charged at all. It was so poorly run and mismanaged that I really can't see it lasting, which I feel badly about. Maybe others have had better experiences, but I walked out truly shocked about how awful it was!
Only saving grace is decor, which I liked.
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I have been to Press Club about five times now and here are my thoughts. The decor is great and its a very conveniently located space (near BART/Union Square). It's a nice place to spend an evening to relax and have some good wine. That said, I am no fan of the space. The pours are really tiny. I have spent $15 on a flight of three wines and gotten less than a cumulative half a glass of wine. The cheese platter is interesting but again same problem with the portions. You get three our four tiny bread pieces to go with the cheese platter. The whole press card business is pretty confusing too. You bill multiple items on it, have to sign for each of those and then take it back to the main counter to pay for it. Trust me, after a few glasses of wine it is difficult to keep track of the card and what you have had. Overall, i would say go for the decor but be prepared for everything being overpriced!
I'm a big Press Club fan and think it is definitely worth a visit, especially if you are from out of town, like wine, and won't make it to wine country.
Really fun experience, and an opportunity to try wines from some great producers. For those who complain about price, you have to realize that these are premium wines (not Kendall Jackson) and the prices are no more than in these wineries' tasting rooms in wine country. So many wine bars in the city charge $10 a glass for a $18 bottle of wine. Trying 3-4 tasting portions of $50 bottles of wine for $10-$15 is a much better deal (and more fun).
Service was a bit rough around the edges when the place first opened, but I've been a few times over the last couple of months and have had a great experience. Some favorites in the facility: Chateau Montelena is a Napa legend, and Mount Eden is one of the best kept secrets around.