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!
3565 20th St | Facebook
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
443 Clement St | Facebook
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
528 Laguna St | Facebook
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.
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.
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!
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!