The Santa Cruz Wharf is a half-mile long. Full of shops, restaurants, and tourists walking slowly to admire the views and search for the sea lions who play in these waters. Towards the end, seemingly tucked away above the fray, is the wine bar Vino Prima. Up the stairs you’ll find a comfortable place with great views, atmospheric art, lots of locals, and great wine.
Enjoy a wine flight, or a glass from the expertly curated wine list with a heavy emphasis on California producers. Pick one you like best and have a bottle. Perhaps paired with an excellent cheese and meat platter featuring locally sourced cheeses. Get a bottle (or a case) to go and enjoy at home! (Shipping available!) Weekend days feature a mimosa bar with five hand-crafted juices to pick from for $5.
Best of all is the community vibe as you strike up conversations with a diverse and interesting mix of locals who come for the wine, live music, and the occasional belly dance shows!