In 2012, CBS named InnerFog one of its Best Summertime Bars in San Francisco—stating “this is no pretentious young wine bar”. The Inner Sunset-district bar promotes a jovial atmosphere by adorning its walls with colorful artwork and taking a casual approach to wine. Its small-production, international labels are available by the bottle, glass, or half-glass, and the knowledgeable staff happily answers any questions. To enhance sips, guests can select nibbles such as mild blue cheese or wild boar salami from the cheese and charcuterie menu.
The Richmond Restaurant & Catering Company: A User’s Guide
Where to Sit: If you're looking for a private spot to whisper sweet nothings to your loved one or to your dessert, ask for a table that's curtained off from the rest of the dining room.
When to Go: While it's usually closed for lunch and all day Sunday and Monday, the restaurant can be booked for private parties.
Amuse-bouche: a small, complimentary dish served before the first course.
Sweetbreads: mellow-tasting, smooth-textured morsels taken from a lamb or calf’s thymus gland or pancreas.
While You’re in the Neighborhood
For the science lover: The California Academy of Sciences (55 Music Concourse Drive) showcases all things scientific, from an albino alligator to an interactive skull exhibit to a verdant 197,000-square-foot “living roof.”
For the art lover: Yoruba crowns, contemporary American paintings, Mongolian rugs, and Dutch sculptures are among the artistic treasures on display at the de Young Museum (50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive).
From its specialty in small-production wines to its regular offerings of tapas and wine tastings, Que Syrah appears to focus on the small. But with wines that hail from such acclaimed winemaking regions as France, New Zealand, and California, the flavors to be found are anything but. At the 25 seats that line the narrow wine bar, guests savor a happy hour that features $1 off glasses and 10% off full bottles for purchase as they sup gourmet cheeses and a charcuterie plate—adorned with two chorizos and duck rillettes—featured by SF Gate.
Internos is named for the Latin word that means “between ourselves.” The wine cafe is designed to be a cozy, unintimidating spot where guests can gather, which is not surprising for a place that describes its varietals with irreverent adjectives like “sexy” and “funky”. Around knotted wood tables, companions gather to navigate a wine list populated with glasses and bottles of varietals culled both internationally and locally—the rotating selection has included everything from a robust Portuguese colheita to a crisp Santa Rita Hills chardonnay. Despite the small environs, the focus is larger than wine. Guests can also sip on a modest collection of beers diversified by such selections as Hitachino Nest White Ale from Japan and the New Orleans Dixie Lager. Not to be out traveled by the spirits, the food menu lists the national origin of its charcuterie and artisanal cheeses. Those looking to dig into something a bit more substantial can order one of five bruschetta or flatbreads topped with prosciutto and roasted garlic.