Wine Bars: A healthy pour

Last Updated January 14, 2015
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Why wine bars? For the expertise. We all know it, wine lists can be a mystifying thing. Try as you might, it’s hard to steer wrong with this list.

20 Spot

Why We Love It: Because its hard to find. A good hideway that stays a hideaway is a rare thing to find. Just off Valencia, 20 Spot sits quietly and unannounced, thrumming with a consistent flow of wine lovers, food...
|3565 20th Street, San Francisco, CA, us
|(415) 624-3140

Amelie Wine Bar

Why We Love It: For the vibe. Amelie is the kind of spot you’re most likely to actually find in Paris. For a wine list this extensive, the price for flights is low ($14), and the approach is a very casual one. The...
|1754 Polk Street, San Francisco, CA, us
|(415) 292-6916

Fig & Thistle

Why We Love It: For the atmosphere. If there ever was a more lovely place to tuck in to a glass of wine, we haven’t found it. Fig & Thistle is a bit of an anomaly these days—a cozy wine bar with excellent food...
|313 Ivy Street, San Francisco, CA, us
|(415) 617-9825

Hotel Biron

Why We Love It: Ce’st francais. Hotel Biron is no hotel, but it’s a more than hospitable vibe. The tiny space invokes all the charm of a Parisian hideout, and very local sensibility when it comes to choosing...
|45 Rose Street, San Francisco, CA, us
|(415) 703-0403

Terroir Natural Wine Bar and Merchant

Why We Love It: For the transparency. Terroir is an honest purist's mecca, devoid of chemicals, pesticides, herbicides or commercial yeast. The idea, per the name, is to feature wines that point clearly to the land...
|1116 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA, us
|(415) 558-9946

Les Clos

Why We Love It: For those endless racks of Burgundy. Les Clos is a bistro and wine bar with a pedigree as impressive as they come. The brainchild of Saison wine director Mark Bright, who pulled in plenty of other...
|234 Townsend Street, San Francisco, CA, us
|(415) 795-1422

Ino Vino

Why We Love It: For the expertise. We all know it, wine lists can be a mystifying thing. At Ino Vino, though, you’re in the hands of Claudio Villani—an Italian-born sommelier who made a name at Incanto, and now...
|108 Carl Street, San Francisco, CA, us
|(415) 681-3770

Forgery

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Why We Love It: Because it fits the neighborhood. The Forgery opened mid-May from PlumpJack Group's Jacques Bezuidenhout and is set in a former glass-blowing studio space and features quality cocktails. The bar...
|1525 Mission St., us
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