Before there were hotspot wine bars like High Treason and Wine Down, there was Terroir—a vinyl-playing, map-decked hangout for adventurous tipplers and in-the-know restaurant industry veterans. The bar specializes in natural, organic, and hard-to-find varietals from California and European wineries. The rotating nightly selection, scrawled on the chalkboard above the bar, offers around 15 wines by the glass, carafe, or bottle. Grab a stool at one of the long tables up front, or climb to the mezzanine for a cozier setting.
Thanks to its close proximity to Napa Valley wineries and Sonoma wineries to the north, San Francisco is awash in exceptional wine. Whether you’re a casual sipper or a serious sniff-and-swirler, there’s a wine bar nearby to satisfy your whims. The city’s top spots span SoMa to the Richmond, from funky, record-spinning neighborhood bars to master-somm-staffed troves wine libraries. These are the best bars in San Francisco for rare bottles, approachable by-the-glass lists, and palette-pushing flights.
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