Grabbing a bottle and staying in is great, but sometimes, a night out in the city is exactly what the doctor ordered. Here at Verve, we take our wine pretty seriously-- and wine bars are no exception. Luckily, San Francisco is overflowing with exciting places to imbibe. Here are some of our favorite wine bars to visit in the Bay Area!
2501 Mariposa St, San Francisco, CA 94110
The Morris has quickly become an industry staple in San Francisco and it’s no surprise why. Although more restaurant than bar, The Morris’ bar area is perfect for grabbing a quick glass of wine, served with as small or large of a meal as you please. The place boasts an impressive 63 page wine list, curated by the one and only Paul Einbund, showcasing back-vintage bottles, an array of magnums, and an impressive list of Chartreuse offerings, also served in slushy format. Guests can take their pick from extensive Rhone, California, and Beaujolais offerings, paired with small plates, charcuterie, and cheese boards.
443 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118
This cozy, Clement Street wine bar is the perfect ambiance for both wine novices and enthusiasts alike, with knowledgeable staff eager to make recommendations to help find that perfect pour. Sommelier founders Michael Ireland and John Vuong are industry legends, with Ireland formerly working the floor at The French Laundry and Quince, and Vuong previously holding down the wine scene at Ame. The bar’s high ceilings and relaxed ambiance provide the perfect backdrop for catching up with friends, all whilst sipping and snacking on New American inspired small plates (we recommend the burrata or fried chicken sliders.) The bar also offers an extensive list of Sherry and Vermouth, perfect for delving into the world of off the beaten path styles of wine.
1116 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Founded in 2007, this natural wine focused hotspot has heavily influenced Bay area buyers, consumers, and industry folk alike, bringing honest, soil-driven juice to the masses. Loft area seating is available and music is quietly played from an old-school record player. Snacks are limited to simple cheese and charcuterie boards, but here, the wine is really the star of the show anyways. Come thirsty, leave happy.
528 Laguna St, San Francisco, CA 94102
Can’t get enough sparkling? Then The Riddler is just the place for you. Located in Hayes Valley, this all women-owned Champagne bar finds its home in a 19th century corner cafe space, offering over 100 Champagnes by the bottle and tons of other bubbles by the glass. Collections of old Champagne buckets and glassware line the walls of this sophisticated lounge space, adding a touch of antiquated charm to guests’ sipping experience. Best of all, The Riddler’s bubbles are paired with tater tot waffles, potato chips, and complimentary popcorn.
639A Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117
Wine, beer, and salty snacks-- what more could you want? This no-frills bar is perfect for first dates, catching up with friends, or simply grabbing a quick drink before a big night out. Wines by the glass are offered in red, white, and sparkling options, including selections from Greece, Slovenia, and Austria. Pair with an array of tinned fish, cheeses, and salads. Don't miss their awesome happy hour, offering $7 glasses of Sauvignon Blanc or Blaufrankisch, served with free popcorn.
Fig & Thistle
313 Ivy St, San Francisco, CA 94102
This neighborhood wine bar focuses on local wine, beer, and vermouth, served in a charming, living room like atmosphere, perfect for cozy happy hours amongst loved ones. Dim lighting and wooden tables create a rustic ambiance within the space, where small plates and natural wine reign king. Look out for unique California bottlings, including Carbonic Zinfandel and varietal Carignan, or perhaps a bottle of Lieu Dit Rosé of Pinot Noir!
1945 Hyde St, San Francisco, CA 94109
Union Larder is a wine and cheese lovers’ mecca. The bar boasts over sixty cheeses to choose from, as well as a selection of fondue, duck liver mousse, and other house-made snacks, served alongside an impeccably curated list of wines, available both by the glass and by the bottle. The list is relatively California heavy, with French, Italian, and Oregon options sprinkled in; definitely come hungry, stay thirsty, and leave satiated.
3565 20th St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Located in an old record store within a 19th century Victorian building, 20 Spot specializes in local beers, global wines, and modern American cuisine, all set within a cozy lounge space, lined with leather sofas. Although the small plate list rotates frequently, expect salty oysters, fresh local produce, and a few meat-based options-- and don’t forget to end the night with a small pour of something sweet/fortified!