Where to wine in the East Bay

They say a glass or two of red wine a night is good for the heart, and we really like to take that advice to heart. It’s already easy enough to understand why drinking vino has remained a pretty ubiquitous pastime through the ages, so the suggested health benefits support the joyful cause even more.

A warming and welcoming glass of wine never goes out of style, especially when you don’t have to drive because there are beloved wine bearers right within BARTable reach. Take yourself out for some solo sipping or bring a date to one of these East Bay wine bars within minutes from BART.

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Garnering plus points for its name already, Residual Sugar Wine Bar brings winos to downtown Walnut Creek for its expansive menu. Friendly and knowledgeable staff pour international labels alongside cheese and charcuterie plates in a dimly lit space that’s classy enough for a date but casual enough to show the game on the flatscreen.
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Just outside 12th St./Oakland BART Station, rustic and casual Downtown Wine Merchant transports its City Center patrons to international locales with a comprehensive wine and tapas experience. Hit up the popular happy hour (nab a seat early) and don’t hesitate to ask your server for a recommendation to see what welcome surprises meet your palate.
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Downtown Wine Merchants

12th St. Oakland City Center

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Easy to miss from the outside with its simple exterior, The Punchdown lures Uptown Oakland regulars with its casual and cozy atmosphere. The wine bar hosts a wide selection of pours that make its long wooden bar a popular after-work favorite. Try the Blind Flight — if you correctly guess what you’re sipping, your flight is free.

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The Punchdown

19th St. Oakland

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This is the tiny and casual spot for a pre-show warm-up or post-movie wine-down in El Cerrito. Attached to the Rialto Cinemas Cerrito Theater, Scene Wine Bar serves up choice wines, flatbreads, cheese and charcuterie in a setting replete with classic red walls and dark woods.

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Scene Wine Bar

El Cerrito Plaza

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