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 make it their focus. Specializing in reds and whites, domestics and imports, San Francisco wine bars offer superb wines by the glass, bottle, and flight. If you're not familiar with wines, come for an introduction, and if you're a connoisseur, come to search out the gems and to talk shop. To add a little romantic ambience to the occasion, stop by Hôtel Biron Wine Bar & Art Gallery. To mix and mingle with patrons of a city favorite, consider Bacar. To just enjoy the evening, visit any of San Francisco's best wine bars.