5 Wine Bars to Check Out in SF

 July 9, 2015
Posted by jenn

20 Spot

Located in the Mission, 20 Spot gets the hip award for sure. There is a diverse selection including older German Riesling, a lot of organic wines and artisan California producers. Not least, 20 Spot is putting out some of the best grub in the neighborhood; the Devilled Eggs are a must. Proprietor, Bodhi Freedom, also owns Bacchus Wine Bar in Russian Hill, which is more of a classic wine bar in the sense that the food is limited but it is also worth checking out.  www.20Spot.com

The Barrel Room

The Barrel Room is set apart from the others on this list in that it has lots of three wine flights ranging from “obscure whites” to “big reds.” Many sustainable and organic producers from Europe and the United States are featured. There is also a reserve list with older wines at fair prices. www.barrelroomsf.com


Blanc et Rouge

Blanc et Rouge is downtown near the Embarcadero and draws a good after work crowd. The list is one of the most diverse in the city, regionally and stylistically. If you want a classic California Cabernet Sauvignon or Argentine Malbec you’ll be happy but those who want more esoteric selections from Eastern Europe or, for that matter, California, will also be in luck. www.blancetrougesf.com

Hotel Biron

Just a stones throw from Zuni Café, Hotel Biron is easy to miss but don’t. Many places lose steam over time but since its opening 13 years ago, Biron has continued to get better and better. The pours are generous, the staff is inviting and the 50 plus selection list is stocked with rising stars. www.hotelbiron.com

Terroir Natural Wine Bar & Merchant

Terroir broke ground when it opened in 2007. At the time, the selection of naturally made wines – those that farmed without chemicals, fermented with native yeast and vinified without additives outside of a tiny dose of SO2 – was pretty scant. They helped blast this door wide open by making a firm commitment and even though they now have competition on this front, they remain one step ahead of the pack. www.terroirsf.com