San Francisco Wine Bars you should be sipping at


Just a hop, skip and a jump from some of the world’s most renowned wine producing regions, it’s no suprise that San Francisco is home to some stellar wine bars. Wether you’re searching for old world wines, suprising regions or local producers someones pouring grapes to satisfy your palate. You can cozy up with a glass of vino in just about any neighborhood, but here are some of our favorite locales for sipping at.

1. Swirl

Swirl Wine Bar is a casual and friendly atmosphere, perfect for the entry level wino looking to learning about wines. The Castro establishment is a predominately a wine shop, where the bar happens to always be open. Owner Jerry Cooper is a wine veteran, who started Swirl to bring people together. The venue has over 300 wine selections, and the bar offers a rotating selection of 20 wines that can be enjoyed by the glass. The staff is welcoming and knowledgeable, including wine industry professionals, such as Leslie Rosa, who has hosted EnjoyFresh wine tours.


2. La Fromagerie

There are lots of things happening in the Dogpatch. The third street stretch is home to ice cream shops with kooky flavors (Mr. and Mrs. Miscellaneous), classic California cuisine (Serpentine) and even tantalizing jerky whiskey pairings (Third Rail). If you’re in the neighborhood and looking for a bottle of vino, we love La Fromagerie. You go in for the cheese, but you stay for the beautiful selection of French wines. The delightful staff will help you come up with the perfect pairings. Whether you want to relax in store, take it home for a dinner party or back it up for a picnic, the wine cheese harmony at La Fromagerie is the perfect fit.

3. Cellar Door 

An intimate Wine bar, Cellar Door offers a range of wines from around the globe. Have a person in your crew who isn’t into wine? No worries, Cellar Door also offers a variety of specialty beers. Whatever beverage you choose the kitchen program whips up delicious small plates perfect for sharing with groups of friends. Following in the sustainable movement of many SF restaurants,Cellar Door is made of reclaimed materials.

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4. L’Emigrante 

Our favorite Mission wine spot. L’Emigrante is free of pretentiousness. Just nice people, good wines and a fun time. They pride themselves on being the mot affordable wine bar in the city and serve up interesting bottles from around the globe. Most however, come from the Mediterranean. The bar menu is surprisingly satisfying, offering up unique variations on bruschetta and classic Turkish dishes.   Stop in on Wednesday’s for our Meditteranean Wine Pairing for 2 to capture a little bit of the magic for yourself!

5. Terroir Natural Wine Merchant

If you don’t know to look for it, Terroir is easy to miss. From the outside the brick hedged green doors, while adorable, can be overlooked, by those pushing through the neighborhood. For those who stop to go inside Terroir is a real treasure. Industrial loft style, but doted with vintage furniture and repurposed materials, the space manages to be open while emanating warmth. Terroir serves only natural wines (hence the name), made using organic and biodynamic practices. The wine bars philosophy doesn’t hinder the diversity of the selection, in fact it seems to have done the opposite, always sporting exciting varieties you’d be hard pressed to find elsewhere.

What’s your favorite SF wine bar?


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