10 great wine bars in San Francisco

San Francisco is a culinary mecca and with any strong food scene you’re sure to find plenty of great wine. No matter what neighborhood you’re in, on almost every corner there seems to be a place to enjoy a pour. Today we share some of our favorites.

Amelie Le Bar à Vin

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This swanky wine bar has something for every kind wine lover. Guests can enjoy a formal dining experience and splurge on an expensive Châteauneuf Du Pape with their duck confit, or order by the glass and relax in the bar or lounge area for some casual conversation with friends. http://ameliesf.com/

Yield and Pause

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Technically these are two separate wine bars, but they’re operated by the same owner and both focus on sustainability. They serve only organic, biodynamic, and small family owned wines, and this special attention on the environment wins approval from like-minded locals. Yield is located in the up-and-coming Dogpatch while Pause is in Hayes Valley. http://www.yieldandpause.com/

The Barrel Room

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Tucked away in an alley in the Tenderloin you’ll find this is a newer venue with an intimate setting. They have a seasonal wine and cuisine menu which focuses on specific regions. For example, this month the focus is on Italy and you can choose from themed wine flights like “Volcanic Whites” “Tuscan Sangioveses”. Or you might enjoy a pork belly sugo pasta paired with a 2010 Campogiovanni Brunello di Montalcino. http://www.barrelroomsf.com/

InnerFog Wine Bar

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Based on the name, you can guess this spot is located in the Inner Sunset neighborhood. The aim here was to create an informal place reminiscent of your home, where guests can kick back with friends and enjoy a glass of wine with small bites. Their approach is decidedly unpretentions, with a wine list covering all corners of the world and categorized by descriptions like “Powerful Red” and “Aromatic White”. http://innerfog.com/

The Hidden Vine

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Similar to the Barrel Room, this hidden alleyway bar has a regional focus that changes each month. They get extra bonus points however for the fireplace and outdoor bocce court. While they don’t have a full menu, guests can enjoy small bites of cheese, charcuterie, flatbread and sliders. http://www.thehiddenvine.com/

Bluxome St. Winery

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Cross the slot and cut loose – that’s the saying they use at this hip urban winery located in SOMA, just below Market St. Guests can choose from several different flights of wine served up in an unpretentious manner. From the dark and brooding Russian River Syrah to the bright and vibrant Rose of Syrah, guests will find http://www.bluxomewinery.com/

The Press Club

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Just a few blocks from Union Square and near the foot of the Four Seasons hotel you’ll find this upscale wine bar and lounge that serves an assortment of wine, mostly from California, Spain, Italy and France. They also have seasonal small plates you can pair with your wine. http://www.pressclubsf.com/

RN74

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Part of the Michael Mina group, this downtown restaurant has one of the most intense – and expensive wine lists in the city. If you want a simplified wine experience, look elsewhere because the wine list extends through 60 pages. Suffice to say if you’re in the mood for Domaine de la Romanee Conti Grand Cru, this is the place to find it. http://www.michaelmina.net/restaurants/san-francisco-bay-area/rn74/

Jamber Wine Pub

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Perhaps you’re looking for a place where you can roll up wearing sweatpants instead of a tailored suit. The Jamber Wine Pub is your place. Given some of their Yelp reviews like, “I f*ckinG heart Jamber to the max”, it seems they have a solid fanbase. With 20+ wines on tap you can enjoy a 5 oz. pour or take home a 25 oz. jug of your favorite juice. They also have one of the best comfort food menus in the city. Mac and cheese pizza anyone? http://www.jambersf.com/

Nectar Wine Lounge

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This adventurous wine bar takes a lighthearted approach and offers plenty of lower-priced wines, mostly from outside the U.S. Their flights reflect the low key nature, with names like “Pinot Envy” and “Anything but Chard” – but don’t let that fool you into thinking they aren’t serious about wine. With 400+ bottles at their disposal you have plenty of options. http://nectarwinelounge.com/

Of course San Francisco has plenty of great wine bars to choose . Did we miss your favorite spot? Please let us know in the comments below!

Mike Meisner

Mike is the resident content creator for the Last Bottle blog. When he's not spilling wine on his keyboard he can be found wandering the aisles in the warehouse with a Coravin in hand, whispering to bottles "This will only hurt for a second".
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