The 20 Best Wine Bars in San Francisco

|August 29, 2018

Just an hour south of the country’s most famous vineyard and winery destination, San Francisco sommeliers, restaurateurs and connoisseurs have easy access to some of the world’s best wine. For both casual sippers and wine lovers, that means we get to enjoy countless local spots that bring together our city’s love for quality, atmosphere, hospitality, food and drink.

The city’s best offer wine lists that showcase everything from our local favorites to international award winners and even small-production hidden gems from cities all over the world. Next time you’re looking for a flight, a tasting or just one of the world’s best wines, head to one of these San Francisco favorites!

20 Spot | Mission

3565 20th St | Facebook

20 Spot wine bar San Francisco California

Photo courtesy of Kathryn Rummell via 20 Spot

Located in a former record shop on the ground floor of a historic 1885 Victorian building just off Valencia Street, 20 Spot pours great wine and plenty of San Francisco character. Inside, the decor includes leather sofas, post-war furnishings, hand-crafted tables and a Eucalyptus bar. And on the menu, you’ll find shareable small plates alongside more than 20 wines available by the glass.

Amelie | Nob Hill

1754 Polk St | Facebook

With two locations in New York and one right here in SF, the folks at Amelie know wine, food and hospitality. The wine list features high-quality but approachable wines from around the world. Half of the list is European with a heavy emphasis on France and the rest are from California, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, Chile and Argentina.

Birba | Hayes Valley

458 Grove St | Facebook

Birba wine bar San Francisco California

Photo courtesy of Molly DeCoudreaux via Birba

Located in San Francisco’s wine bar headquarters — Hayes Valley — Birba is one of the neighborhood’s best. With less than 20 seats inside, a humble interior and a charming patio, it’s the perfect little wine bar and wine shop to enjoy snacks, find a new favorite wine and take it home with you.

Cafe Meuse | Russian Hill  

1400 Pacific Ave | Facebook

Inside this intimate neighborhood wine bar in Russian Hill, you’ll find a seasonal menu of small plates as well as a selection of gourmet meats, cheeses and charcuterie. All these snacks are paired with a carefully curated list of international vintages and craft beer.

ENO Wine Bar | Union Square

320 Geary St | Facebook

The menus at ENO are based on the best combination in the world: wine, cheese and chocolate. Offered by the bottle, glass or flight, you can select beverages from the award-winning wine cellar and pair that with cheeses served on marble slabs with dried fruit, honey and nuts or handmade truffles and bars crafted by local chocolatiers.

Gratta Wines | Dogpatch

5273 3rd St | Facebook

More than just a wine bar, Gratta Wines is a small production garage winery located in the heart of the Bayview. Inside the charming and art-filled tasting room, you can taste locally-made beverages which consist of mostly reds sourced just north of the city from Dry Creek Valley.

High Treason | Richmond

443 Clement St | Facebook

High Treason wine bar San Francisco California

Photo courtesy of Zha Zha Design via High Treason

Undoubtedly one of the city’s most popular spots, High Treason is the vision of John Vuong and Michael Ireland who, together, have experience from Ame, Gary Danko, The French Laundry, Quince and Benu, among others. At High Treason, they’ve combined their expertise to create a wine bar that is everything we love about wine bars and nothing that we don’t. Here, it’s casual and it’s all about the wine.

Hotel Biron | Hayes Valley  

45 Rose St | Facebook

Though Hotel Biron isn’t actually a hotel, it is one of the city’s best wine bars and art galleries. Inside the cozy, small space, the curated wine list is paired with candlelight, red brick accents and rustic decor, cheese plates, and rotating artwork.

Parigo | Marina

3232 Scott St | Facebook

From the same team behind The Barrel Room, Parigo starts with wine and ends in a spectacular pairing experience. Instead of the more traditional approach, the team here begins their process with a curated wine list; then, they create inspired dishes which pair perfectly. A true team effort, the experience here is one-of-a-kind — especially if you come for the pop-up tiki bar on Friday and Saturday nights!

Pause | Hayes Valley

1666 Market St | Facebook

Pause wine bar San Francisco California

Photo courtesy of Pause

The second of two sister wine bars from the same local, family team, Pause is a Hayes Valley spot focused on serving sustainable and organic wines. Similar to Yield in Dogpatch (listed below!), the list here showcases wines from small, family-owned and operated wineries located just up the road and from around the world.

Que Syrah | West Portal   

230 W Portal Ave | Facebook

Nestled in San Francisco’s West Portal neighborhood, Que Syrah is a cozy bar offering an international selection of wines, weekly wine flights and tastings. Because they specialize in small-production wines, you’re sure to taste something here that you never have before.

Resolute | Lower Nob Hill  

678 Geary St | Facebook

Offering both a tasting room and a shop, at Resolute, you can enjoy artisan wines from all over the world, beers made locally, perfectly paired cheeses, and you can take your favorite bottle home. Designed in mid-century style, the glamorous interior is the perfect setting for a wine tasting.

Scopo Divino | Pacific Heights

2800 California St #101 | Facebook

Scopo Divino translates to “divine purpose” and at this Pacific Heights wine bar, their divine purpose is wine. Approaching the pairing and sipping experience as an emotional endeavor, their carefully crafted wine list and food menus explore the ways pairings can match and enhance our mood.

Swirl on Castro | Castro

572 Castro St | Facebook

Though the front of this Castro spot looks more like a wine shop than a wine bar, saunter into the back to find a tasting room open nightly and offering a rotating selection of 20 wines to taste. Here, you’ll encounter both world-renowned and small-production, European and Californian, old favorites and new discoveries.

The Barrel Room | Financial District  

415 Sansome St | Facebook

At The Barrel Room, the menu isn’t just seasonal; it’s completely reimagined every season with different regional focuses which have included Spain, coastal Italy, Washington state and the South of France. This theme extends from the lunch, dinner and dessert menus all the way to the curated wine list which has landed them the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence three years in a row.

The Riddler | Hayes Valley  

528 Laguna St | Facebook

The Riddler San Francisco wine bars

Photo courtesy of Kassie Borreson via The Riddler

Led by an inspiring team of women backed by 33 female investors, The Riddler is a Champagne bar like none other. Offering more than 100 Champagnes by the bottle and dozens of sparkling wines by the glass, you can pair your bubbles with tater tot waffles, caviar and potato chips, and free popcorn available all day and all night.

Terroir | SoMa  

1116 Folsom St | Facebook

Terroir opened a decade ago as the local pioneer in organic wine. Specializing in natural and organic, they’re billed as a natural wine bar and merchant and their wine list is one that can impress any connoisseur. Offered alongside cheeses, charcuterie and small plates inside a beautifully rustic space, this is an industry favorite for a reason.

Tofino Wines | Laurel Heights

2696 Geary Blvd | Facebook

Inside the Tofino Wines’ airy, 2,500-square-foot retail shop and bar, you’ll find more than 800 wines from France, Italy, Spain, Austria and the United States. Each one is chosen because it’s delicious, interesting, made with integrity and represents its own hometown. The bar offers more than 30 wines by the glass, a small selection of craft beer on tap and a menu of snacks. Each menu changes every few weeks so you can come back for something completely new!

West Coast Wine • Cheese | Cow Hollow

2165 Union St | Facebook

Focusing exclusively on our region’s finest winemakers from California, Washington and Oregon, West Coast offers 24 high-quality and frequently rotating wines by the glass as well as a world-class bottle list. Housed in a bright, modern and upscale atmosphere, this is a true neighborhood wine bar that can fit any occasion. And their food menu features some of the best bar bites in the city!

Yield | Dogpatch

2490 3rd St | Facebook

The first of two sister wine bars from the same local, family team, Yield is a Dogpatch bar serving sustainable and organic wines. Similar to Pause in Hayes Valley, the list here showcases wines from small, family-owned and operated wineries located in every wine growing region on the globe.

Do you have a favorite?  

In the comments below, tell us about your favorite San Francisco wine bar — whether it’s on our list or not!

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