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When you want a casual glass of wine...

  • Pei Jul 21, 2009 05:56 AM
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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. Cav, Terroir, Hotel Biron.

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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. re: Robert Lauriston

        Second Robert's picks

      2. Yield Wine Bar!

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

        1. In Bernal Heights, Vino Rosso

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          VinoRosso
          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.

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            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.

              2. Yes to Cav, Birron and Terroir. Also:

                District
                http://www.districtsf.com/

                Hidden Vine
                http://www.thehiddenvine.com/location...

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                1. re: David Wishart

                  Hidden Vine changed hands.

                  1. re: Robert Lauriston

                    And Terroir is on hiatus, rumored not to be reopening.

                    1. re: SteveG

                      The fire sprinklers in Terroir's building went off and flooded the place. They put everything in storage pending the (last time I checked) actively ongoing repairs. They did an event at Wexler's two weeks ago.