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Jul 21, 2009 05:56 AM

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.

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      I'm going to second Cav. They have wonderful food and you can easily just get a cheese plate or a bowl of soup. It's also a lovely space to be in.

      1. Yield Wine Bar!

        Yield Wine Bar
        2490 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94107

        1. In Bernal Heights, Vino Rosso

          629 Cortland Ave, San Francisco, CA

          1. 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

            Uva Enoteca
            568 Haight Street, San Francisco, CA 94117

            1. 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.

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              1. re: Lori SF

                A16's bar area might be a nice place for a glass of wine right after they open, but it's usually packed with people waiting for tables.