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Best Wine Bars in San Francisco

November 9th, 2017

The Best Wine Bars in San Francisco

Located just a short drive from Napa Valley, San Francisco is a city you'd expect to have many fantastic wine bars. With a great wine bar in just about every neighborhood, The City by the Bay doesn't disappoint in this regard. If you're headed to San Francisco, you won't have to go too far before you discover a wine bar that's calling your name.

While it's unlikely you'll be disappointed no matter which vino bar you visit, San Francisco has a few locations that should be on your must-visit list regardless of whether you're a wine connoisseur or a casual imbiber. Here are the best wine bars in San Francisco you should make it a point to visit next time you're in The City by the Bay:

  • Amelie
  • Hidden Vine
  • Press Club
  • Que Syrah


If you want to dip yourself in everything French without leaving the country, you'll want to head over to Amelie. This inviting wine bar is comfortable, candlelit and draped in French culture. You'll enjoy the old-fashioned theater seating, the light fixtures crafted from repurposed wine bottles and the bar that's covered in vibrant red lacquer.

Amelie offers personalized flights of your favorite wines, which pair well with the establishment's fare. From light appetizers, such as cheeses and charcuterie, to heavier dishes like mussels, duck confit and French specialties, Amelie's menu has something that will satisfy even the most discerning palette.

Hidden Vine

The Hidden Vine moved from the Tenderloin to San Francisco's Financial District back in 2011. Ever since, this family-owned and operated wine bar has been the spot to relax after a hard day's work crunching numbers. Neatly tucked away among other businesses, the Hidden Vine offers more than 40 different vintages by the glass and 120 selections by the bottle.

The wines served at the Hidden Vine come from all over the world, giving you the chance to try vintages produced in areas you might not have associated with delicious wine in the past. There's no reason to go hungry when you visit the Hidden Vine, because you can order some cheese, crackers and charcuterie, which will pair perfectly with the vintage you choose.

There's also no reason for you to contain your competitive side when you're at this establishment. Once your thirst for excellent wine is quenched, you can head to the alley and try your hand at bocce on the wine bar's outdoor court.

Press Club

With 9,000 square feet of space, the Press Club is certainly one of San Francisco's biggest wine bars if it's not the city's largest already. This hot spot is located beneath the Four Seasons close to Union Square. While this wine bar is mildly reminiscent of a club, you shouldn't be deceived by its appearance — because it is a wine bar, through and through.

The Press Club's spacious wine cellar is where you'll fine varietals from all over the globe. Every month, a new artisan vintage is featured, which ensures you'll always have something new to try whenever you visit the Press Club.

The Press Club's staff is friendly and knowledgeable and they'll go above and beyond to ensure you're enjoying the time you spend at their establishment. While the food menu is on the smaller side, you can still find something that will pair well with whatever vino you're drinking. If you're wondering whether a mushroom pizzetta or some olives will pair better with your wine, simply ask the nearest staff member for a reliable recommendation.

Que Syrah

Located in West Portal, Que Syrah is as friendly and welcoming as the neighborhood it's located in. Que Syrah serves limited-production wines made throughout the world. This establishment's selections change every week, featuring different wines every time. Whether you're a new sipper, a wine aficionado or you fall somewhere in between, you'll enjoy every moment you spend at Que Syrah as much as you enjoy the generous selection of wine you'll find at this location.

Now that you've read about the best wine bars in The City by the Bay, you're probably eager to try them all! Go to our social media pages to tell us which one you'll visit first!