Don't Drive to Napa or Sonoma For Wine-Stay Local!

Tom Molanphy

By , Local Expert, San Francisco
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California is world-renowned for its wine country, so we know that many of you reading this are already planning your day-trip to Napa or Sonoma. But for those who want a taste of those vintage cabernets and exquisite pinot noirs but don't want the hassle of a long drive, we've assembled a list of the best wine bars that San Francisco has to offer. And even if you're just coming back from a wine tour in Sonoma or Napa, show off what you learned at these locations, where there's nothing as tantalizing as an informed conversation over a fine bottle of wine.

Wine has a certain cachet, and so, too, do these enticing bars that...  Read more »

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    The Hidden Vine

    The Hidden Vine was named one of "America's Best Wine Bars" by Travel and Leisure, March 2012.

    Local Expert Tip: "A wine bar with one of the city's larger selections, over 180 different wines."

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    Yield and Pause Wine Bar

    Yield and Pause Wine Bars specialize in eco-friendly wines.

    Local Expert Tip: ""Trivia Tuesdays" is a popular event."

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    InnerFog is the hippest spot in the Inner Sunset neighborhood.

    Local Expert Tip: "A recent remodel has added a tap system that includes red and white wines as well as microbrews."

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    Nook is the best spot for people-watching in the Russian Hill neighborhood of San Francisco.

    Local Expert Tip: "Sleepy coffee shop by day, romantic candle-lit wine bar by night."

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    Andalu is one of the premier food/wine pairing locales in San Francisco.

    Local Expert Tip: "Follow the recommended food/wine pairings, like the Spring Pea and Ricotta Raviolis with the Kenwood Sonoma Sauvignon Blanc."

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    Amelie has the best selection of French wine of any San Francisco wine bar.

    Local Expert Tip: "Amelie has a sister location in New York City."

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    Hôtel Biron Wine Bar & Art Gallery

    Hotel Biron thoughtfully pairs art and wine like no other wine bar in the city.

    Local Expert Tip: "Open until 2 am, which makes it a great late night spot."

  • 8

    Nectar Wine Lounge

    • Type: Wine Bar
    • Neighborhood: Marina District

    Three committed wine lovers have made Nectar Wine Lounge a memorable experience.

    Local Expert Tip: "Worthwhile Happy Hour, 5-7 on weekdays, with 30% select wines by the glass."

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    First Crush

    Legendary food/wine critic Michael Bauer called First Crush "a restaurant that offers a lot of style for not much money."

    Local Expert Tip: "If the Alaskan halibut is on the menu, don't pass it up."

  • 10

    Bubble Lounge

    The Bubble Lounge is San Francisco's premier champagne and sparkling wine bar.

    Local Expert Tip: "Upscale champagne bar with elegant details attracts downtown professionals."



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