Where to wine down

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Swirl, sniff and sip. Even if official vino etiquette isn’t your thing and you’ve never held a wine glass properly by the stem, knowing a great wine bar is always a good thing to have in your back pocket; there are no shortage of reasons to schedule some imbibing in a sultry environment or in a simple after work stop where reds, whites and rosés are the bulk of the menu.

You don’t have to be a sommelier to appreciate a special place with a buffet of enviable bottles. Everyone wants a room to indulge in conversation you can hear without straining your ear when you’re planning your next intimate meetup. You and your date can lift off with a flight of wines or stick to your preferred bottle for the entire evening at any one of these BARTable wine bars known to incite some serious oenophile envy.

20 Spot

A former record store that was transformed into a wine bar on the ground floor of an old Victorian in the heart of the Mission.

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20 Spot

24th St. Mission (SF)
Etcetera Wine Bar

Etcetera touts a welcoming combo of casual vibes without foregoing the elegance and ambiance you want from an intimate wine night out.

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Etcetera Wine Bar

16th St. Mission (SF)
Aquitaine

Sip fine wines with French bites as French music serenades your elegant international experience. 

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Aquitaine

Montgomery St. (SF)
The Barrel Room

More than just a sit and sip, The Barrel Room houses three parts: retail shop, bar/restaurant and a speakeasy-style downstairs lounge.

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The Barrel Room

Embarcadero (SF)

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