18 Sommelier-Approved Wine Bars in San Francisco
Can't make it to Wine Country for your wine fix? Not to worry; there are plenty of terrific wine bars within San Francisco city limits.
When you visit San Francisco, you’re an hour’s drive from some of the best wineries and wine experiences in the world. But whether you’re pressed for time or not looking to venture beyond city limits, we offer a number of amazing wine bars to satisfy your needs.
Wine bars are certainly not a new fixture in San Francisco, but many that have emerged in the past couple of years have defined themselves as some of the most fun and interesting spaces to drink in the city. It feels like wine in San Francisco has never been more playful, accessible and experimental.
While plenty of the bars here specialize in California wines, many carry distinct foreign varietals from Spain, France and Italy, as well as Mexico and Greece. You can also try a wide variety of biodynamic and natural wines, which have become a welcome and growing part of San Francisco's wine scene.
San Francisco's wine bars come in all shapes and sizes, from intimate tasting counters and warehouse spaces to crowded dance floors. There is a wine bar for everyone! Here are some of our favorites, but we encourage you to venture out and discover your new go-to San Francisco wine destination.
The Press Club20 Yerba Buena Ln. Mon. - Wed., 4 - 9 p.m.; Thurs. - Sat., 4 - 10 p.m. (415) 744-5000
Just off Market street, this dark yet beautiful space is a great place to host intimate gatherings. The Press Club offers California’s finest wines in a sophisticated, social atmosphere. Try their menu of seasonal small plates and thoughtful pairings.Visit The Press Club
High Treason443 Clement St. Mon. - Wed., 4 - 10 p.m.; Thurs. - Sat., 4 - 11 p.m.; Sun., 4 - 10 p.m. (415) 742-5256
Wine and vinyl lovers can mingle at this cool, Inner Richmond haunt. At High Treason, there's always a record spinning and different music-themed trivia nights each month. Plus, you can grab a bite to eat at the Unco Frank's pop-up inside, which has a menu full of Hawaiian food.Visit High Treason
Winery Collective485 Jefferson St. Sun. - Fri., 1 - 8 p.m., Sat., 12 - 9 p.m. (415) 929-9463
Not interested in driving to Napa? Take a wine country tour on the shores of the bay at Winery Collective. The wine bar daily has walk-in wine tastings where you can sample wine from across California in selections of rotating flights. Get an introduction to multiple wineries around the region in one visit and take home what you like.Visit The Winery Collective
Bodega700 Columbus Ave. Tues. - Fri., 4 - 11 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m. - 11 p.m.; Sun., 1 - 9 p.m. (415) 634-7002
A great spot for a first date, Bodega labels its wines by the glass under fun categories like "Flirtatious" and “We Get It Susan, You Like Dry Rosé...". This small, yet airy bar feels classy but not snooty. Try out their food menu for great shareable snacks then head to nearby Washington Park for a stroll.Visit Bodega SF
San Francisco Wine Society408 Merchant St. Mon. 3 - 9 p.m.; Tues. - Sat., 3 - 10 p.m. 415-647-3567
A welcome and inclusive space invites locals and visitors to enjoy a technology-free (no WiFi or TVs) wine experience. Sip wines from around the world while you play a round of bocce with friends in the Financial District.Visit The San Francisco Wine Society
Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant1 Ferry Building, Shop 23 Mon. - Tues., 12 - 7 pm; Wed. - Fri., 12 -7 p.m.; Sat. - Sun., 11-7 p.m. (415) 391-9400
Located in San Francisco’s historic Ferry Building, the Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant & Wine Bar offers distinctive and delicious wines from smaller producers around the world. The space istself is well located, with the lively energy of the Ferry Building surrounding you. After your drinks, explore the various delicious restaurants the historic Ferry building has to offer.Visit Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant
Cantina Los Mayas431 Balboa St. Fri. - Sat., 5 - 10 p.m.; Wed. - Thur., 5 - 9 p.m., Sun., 5 - 9 p.m. (415) 571-8027
A very recent addition to San Francisco's wine scene, the Inner Richmond's Cantina Los Mayas is a treasure serving only Mexican wines, most from the Valle De Guadalupe in Baja California. This is the brainchild of the team at the famed Taqueria Los Mayas, so definitely order some delicious Yucatanean food with your pour.Vist Cantina Los Mayas
West Coast Wine and Cheese2165 Union St. Mon. - Tues., 4 - 11 p.m.; Wed. - Thu., 4 pm - 12 a.m.; Fri., 3 p.m. - 2 a.m.; Sat., 2 pm - 12 a.m.; Sun., 2-10 p.m. (415) 376-9720
A real neighborhood gem on Union Street in Cow Hollow, West Coast Wine and Cheese is a great place to swing to hang out with locals. Specializing in wines from California, Oregon, and Washington, you can take a tour of West Coast varietals from the comfort of their bar.Visit West Coast Wine and Cheese
California Wine Merchant2113 Chestnut St. Mon. - Wed., 1 - 10 p.m.; Thur. - Sat., 1- 11 p.m, Sun., 2 - 7 p.m (415) 567-0646
Just down the road from West Coast Wine and Cheese, California Wine Merchant is multifaceted. It's a well stocked wine shop, bar, and club all in one, located in San Francisco’s Marina district. Taste some of California’s best boutique and smaller batch wines with a few international surprises mixed in.Visit California Wine Merchant
Bar Part Time496 14th St. Tues. - Weds., 5 - 11 p.m.; Thurs., - Fri., 5 - 12 p.m. Fri - Sat 5:00 - 1:30pm
Equipped with a DJ booth and a giant disco ball, this trendy bar is not only a great place to drink curated natural wines, but also to get your groove on. Grab a group to party at this spot on 14th and Mission.Visit Bar Part Time
JAX Vineyards326 Brannan St. Wed. - Sat., 4 - 8 p.m. (415) 446-9505
A fabulous winery founded in Calistoga, JAX offers a cozy (and heated) outdoor tasting area in San Francisco’s SoMa neighborhood. Experience their current selection of wines from Napa, paired with artisanal cheeses in an intimate and engaging setting.Visit Jax Tasting Room
buddy3115 22nd Street. Mon., 4 - 10 pm.; Weds - Fri., 4 - 10 p.m.; Sat - Sun., 2 - 10 p.m.
Cozy, cool and casual are three great words to describe this beautifully designed natural wine bar in the Mission. It almost feels like your good friend's living room. With a full food menu that is also sure to surprise and delight, Buddy is definitely a bar where you want to linger.Visit buddy
Fool's Errand639A Divisadero St Mon., 2 - 10 p.m, Tues. - Sat., 2 - 12 p.m.; Sun., 2 - 10 p.m.
This little subterranean wine bar on Divisadero Street is great way to start your night. Try their smaller but varied glass menu with picks from countries like Portugal and Slovenia. They also specialize in riesling, with three options to choose from.Visit Fool's Errand
Swirl on Castro572 Castro St. Mon. - Wed., 1 - 10 p.m.; Thur - Sat., 1- 11 p.m.; Sun., 2 - 7 p.m. (415) 864-2262
With business in the front and party in the back, Swirl is a fun stop in the Castro neighborhood with both a bottle shop and wine bar. Open nightly, Swirl offers a selection of 20 wines to try. Whether your taste runs towards international vintages or strictly Californian wines, you will find it here.Visit Swirl on Castro
Fig & Thistle429 Gough St. Tues. - Thurs., 4:30 -10 p.m., Fri - Sat., 4:30 - 10:30 p.m.; Sun., 4 - 9 p.m.
You’ll feel like you've come home when stepping foot into Fig & Thistle. Located in Hayes Valley, the rustic and intimate space offers select wines to pair with small bites. And if you’re wine’d out by now, you can always swing by their dispensary next door.Visit Fig & Thistle
Amelie1754 Polk St. Mon. - Thurs., 4 - 11 p.m.; Fri. - Sun., 2 - 11 p.m. (415) 292-6916
If you're interested in expanding your knowledge of wine without spending a pretty penny, Amelie on Nob Hill is your place. They have a fantastic happy hour, offering a discount on appetizers and a heavily-poured flight for only $12. Stop by for live music on Saturdays.Visit Amelie
Linden & Laguna528 Laguna St. Wed. - Sat., 5 - 11 p.m.; Sun., 2 - 9 p.m. (415) 829 2265
Treat yourself to an intimate experience at Linden & Laguna, a quiet, Parisian wine bar you'll find just off Hayes Street. This relaxed, smartly decorated bar will make you feel like you've stepped off the streets of Paris. Enjoy your wine, champagne or a snack at one of the tiny tables inside, or sit in their parklet to unwind outdoors.Visit Linden & Laguna
Ungrafted2419 3rd Street. Tues. - Wed., 12 - 8 p.m.; Thurs. - Sat., 12- 9 p.m. (415) 814-2129
This massive, industrial-chic space in Dogpatch doubles as a tap room and wine shop. You can order a glass, or grab a bottle for home from their sweeping selection of wines. They also have varied small plates to share.Visit Ungrafted
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