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Great Grapes: Wine Bars of San Francisco

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California’s famous Napa and Sonoma wine regions are just to the north of San Francisco, but connoisseurs know that fine wines—local and from further afield—can be found in cozy wine bars throughout the city. With knowledgeable staff and innovative lists, these welcoming establishments offer varietals for the beginner or expert oenophile.
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One Ferry Building, #23, San Francisco, CA 94111, USA
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In the bustling Ferry Building, the Wine Merchant is almost always busy. Judging by the crowds, even Saturday morning is not too early for a glass of wine when you're on vacation (we presume). Sit at the wine bar and watch the crowds drift by. The...
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45 Rose St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA
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It seems like an obscure location—an alley behind Market Street—until you realize that it's steps away from Zuni Cafe. Hotel Biron is a comfortable, friendly place to while away a few hours with friends, or to sip a glass while you're waiting for...
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2490 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA
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In fast-changing Dogpatch, Yield is a relative stalwart: It's been around for about eight years, just enough time to see this neighborhood, wedged between Potrero Hill and the waterfront, change dramatically. Yield is a friendly neighborhood wine...
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3565 20th St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
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Once a record store, 20 Spot retains some old-school touches: Shelves that used to house vinyl now hold bottles, and there's likely to be a record spinning on the decks. This little corner space in the Mission, with its friendly staff, serves a...
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1116 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA
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Terroir is the perfect place for a mellow weeknight drink. The organic (or biodynamic) offerings are always varied and are likely to be something you've never tasted before. The bartenders are knowledgeable and helpful, always willing to pour a...
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359 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117, USA
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Vinyl is a coffee shop and wine bar on Divisadero Street in the NOPA neighborhood. On a sunny day, sit by the large windows along the periphery; if the fog is closing in, cozy up at the bar. No matter where you decide to settle down, you can pop...
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20 Yerba Buena Ln, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA
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Knowledgeable bartenders, a wide range of wine and beer, and tasty, wine-friendly bites make the Press Club a convenient destination for thirsty travelers in or near downtown San Francisco. Just behind the Four Seasons, on Yerba Buena Lane, the...