When you want a casual glass of wine...
What are your favorite places to stop for a glass of wine when you don't necessarily want a whole meal? I feel like I used to know a lot of places where I could stop in for glass that didn't cost over $8, or a half glass of something very nice. Now, not so much. The Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant is always available, but where else? Restaurants, wine shops, bars, or hotels all welcome.
I second all the suggestions so far, and offer up two more:
- Uva is a stylish place in the Lower Haight, nice cheese plate, some salumi and salads if you're peckish and they never seem to mind if you're not...
- The wine list at Eos, that old standby, went through a rough patch for a while but rebounded nicely in recent times, these days there's always something interesting & delicious on the list. Plus the mushroom dumplings are insanely good, if they ever take them off the menu I will be forlorn.
Eos Restaurant & Wine Bar
901 Cole St., San Francisco, CA 94117
568 Haight Street, San Francisco, CA 94117
Every single one mentioned is good. A few more-
A16 & Bar Bambino Cafe and Wine Bar- for Italian wine
1550 Hyde Cafe & Wine Bar- good list and nice atmosphere
Pres a Vi- Impressive wine list, not so impressive food. Bonus if its not cold and foggy out early evening on the patio can be nice.