Wine Bars in North Beach


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In many ways, Café Divine is a shrine to Italy: its specialty pizzas, which are fired in an Italian oven, all have names that reference Dante's Inferno. The North Beach bistro occupies an Italianate building; look up at the ceiling and you'll notice brass chandeliers that were made specially in Italy. Not to be outdone, the bar is made of Italian marble. Naturally, a lot of the food here draws from Italian traditions, but they’re only part of the total culinary equation. Helmed by chef David Wees, the kitchen uses organic and local ingredients to craft entrees that range from slow-braised beef bourguignonne to smoked-trout salad. You can finish off your meal with a fresh cup of espresso and one of Café Divine's homemade desserts. Decadent treats include caramel-drenched ginger cake à la mode and flourless chocolate cake. Café Divine supports local musical artists, too. You can catch live accordion music on Mondays. Other acts have included ragtime guitarist Craig Ventresco and bassist Chris Amberger.
1600 Stockton St
San Francisco,
CA
US
The brainchild of two native San Franciscan chefs, Dell'Uva sprung from a joint love of food and wine, inspired by travels around the world. After finishing culinary school, Juri McCorkle set off on a journey that carried his palate from Vietnamese markets to Swedish harvests, learning new cooking techniques and ways of saying "These are onion tears" along the way. Returning to the states with a renewed sense of epicurean adventurism, Juri teamed up with chef Jason Marcucci. Together, the two dreamed up a food and wine venue reminiscent of cozy caf?s found abroad. The result was Dell'Uva, where an extensive selection of domestic and imported varietals transports palates across the globe, from Napa Valley to Argentina. Diners tuck into tapas from a menu focused on locally sourced ingredients, along with artisan cheeses and charcuterie-cured meats. Dishes pair with themed wine flights composed of vintages from Bordeaux, bubbly wines from France, Italy, and Napa, and dessert wines. Reclining on the outdoor patio or inside amidst the warm tones of the bar and dining room, guests snack on house-cured rosemary balsamic olives, rustic pizzas, and rich desserts.
565 Green St
San Francisco,
CA
US
In Focus: Cafe Francisco Established: 1989 Culinary focus: café fare influenced by California and the Mediterranean Must-try sandwich: the Garden Vegetarian with spinach, cucumber, tomato, olives, avocado, red onion, roasted peppers, basil, and feta Specialties besides sandwiches: egg dishes, fresh salads Best reason to come weekly: The café teams up with the Cheese School of San Francisco to offer a different artisanal cheese plate every week. The decor: Each month the café exhibits work from a different local artist. Amenities: free WiFi
2161 Powell St
San Francisco,
CA
US
At some bars, it can be hard to capture enough of the bartender's time to ask a question. Bacchus Wine & Sake Bar doesn't have that problem. With a maximum capacity of 15, what the miniscule saloon lacks in space, it makes up for in face time. Consult the knowledgeable bartenders before making your choice among more than 100 wines—13 available by the glass—and a handful of creative sake cocktails. Once you've picked a favorite, retreat to a table by the window and admire the rotating pieces from local artists that line the walls.
1954 Hyde St
San Francisco,
CA
US
In Focus: Nook Opened: 2005 Culinary focus: healthy items that are low in fat and contain fresh, natural ingredients Vibe by day: a sunny café with lots of windows Vibe by night: a romantic wine bar lit by candles Free WiFi: Yes, but only on weekdays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Best song to hum during your visit: “Nookie” by Limp Bizkit, duh Happy hour: daily from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Inside tip: Sangria has happy-hour pricing all day on Mondays.
1500 Hyde St.
San Francisco,
CA
US
Even though it resides in the Financial District, The Hidden Vine couldn’t be further removed from the hustle and bustle of the workday. Exposed brick walls and large industrial windows backdrop lamp-lit tables set for two, wooden beams crisscross overhead, and comfy armchairs crowd a rosy fireplace. With these comforts, the wine bar strives to offer a slice of wine country in the midst of urban life. And its more than 140 wines, with 40 available by the glass, match the atmosphere in appeal to the point that Travel+Leisure named The Hidden Vine one of America’s best wine bars. The pours hail from all over the globe—Italy, Spain, Germany—and to ensure no region goes untasted, the spot features a different one each month. The wines pair perfectly with a modest food menu of meats, cheeses, and flatbreads, many composed of ingredients from nearby Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. But perhaps the most unique aspect of The Hidden Vine is a bocce ball court that groups can reserve to enhance a quiet night out or to test the airspeed velocity of a leg of prosciutto.
408 Merchant St
San Francisco,
CA
US
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