Wine Bars in The Haight


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Of all the hooting and victory dancing coming from the group in the corner booth, only half of the commotion is a result of the game of Sorry! the group is immersed in. The other half occurs during breaks in the action when the competitors dig into the decadent morsels in front of them?desserts forged from ingredients such as rum mascarpone cream and homemade marshmallow. Evenings of spirited merrymaking capped with sweet treats are standard at Candybar, where seasoned pastry chef Cathleen Li handcrafts a rotating menu of cakes, ice creams, and sorbets. To complement Li?s signature desserts, mixologists further tantalize taste buds with inventive cocktails, such as the strawberry kiss. Throughout the candlelit dining room, minimalist bulbs dangle from ceiling tracks, casting dancing shadows across plush red couches, black-and-white damask poufs, and contemporary artwork. A collection of board games infuses the dessert lounge?s chic atmosphere with a touch of whimsy and encourages good-natured rivalries between friends or high-stakes games to determine who gets the last bite of the ice-cream sundae.
1335 Fulton St
San Francisco,
CA
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In Focus: Corkage Sake & Wine Shop Established: 2007 Selection: a curated collection of sake and wine, some of which is only available at Corkage Food: amuse-bouche and otsumami (small Japanese appetizers) Best way to decide on a drink: Sidle up to the bar and ask for a sample. Staff: Employees are happy to answer questions about pairings and what lipstick you should wear to match your merlot. Where to go for dinner afterwards: Tsunami Sushi Panhandle, Corkage’s sister establishment next door
1302 Fulton St
San Francisco,
CA
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Six Things to Know About Booty Call Wednesdays A weekly chance to pose, turn, and flaunt, Booty Call Wednesdays at QBAR—hosted by drag performer Juanita MORE! and nightlife stalwart Joshua J—has become a Castro institution since its inception in 2007. Here are a few things to know to make the most of your evening. There’s a $3 cover. It really is only on Wednesdays. The party makes up for its extended absences by continuing until 2 a.m. Come photo-ready. Each week, a new local artist designs an immersive environment for the photo booth, and photos can be found on the Booty Call website soon after. You’ll see some nightlife royalty. Hostess Juanita MORE! has DJed for Susanne Bartsch and Kenny Kenny’s Vandam Sunday in New York, thrown an annual Pride Party that raises funds for local nonprofits, and inspired couture that’s been shown at SFMOMA and the de Young Museum, among many other accomplishments. There are rotating guest DJs. Juanita and Joshua J are joined by local and national artists, with three performers each week keeping the dance floor packed. Drink well, save money. Absolut Vodka specials make it easier to have just one more, and each drink purchased from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. earns the patron a free Booty Call Shot.
456 Castro St
San Francisco,
CA
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In Focus: Blush! Wine Bar Wines by the glass: 50 Wines by the bottle: 120 Entertainment: There’s live music on Tuesdays and Thursdays, as well as French improv theater monthly. What to have for dinner: Raviole de Royan—imported French ravioli with comté cheese, chives, and crème fraîche Most decadent dish: dark-chocolate waffle with salted-caramel sauce, a popular brunch special Vegetarian/vegan options: Yes Location: Across the street from the Castro Theatre.
476 Castro St
San Francisco,
CA
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Like the popular enotecas of Italy, Uva Enoteca heavily emphasizes good wine (the word "enoteca" translates to something like "wine repository" in English). Wine director and general manager Boris Nemchenok pairs meals with a selection from an extensive list of Italian wines from boutique producers. He even serves the wine quartino-style, which means the wine is presented in a small decanter. But all this isn't to say the food doesn't have its own charms. Executive Chef Ben Hetzel presents a menu of locally crafted meats and cheeses, pizzas topped with egg and shaved brussel sprouts, and wild boar ragu. Like terrible crime scene investigators, the two men's fingerprints are everywhere in the restaurant. Not only did they help design the restaurant's rustic confines, which consist of exposed brick and tiled walls, marble counters, and dark stained-wood floors. They also had a hand in creating the red cedar tabletops that host diners seven days per week.
568 Haight St
San Francisco,
CA
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Five Things to Know About Swirl on Castro When Jerry Cooper and his husband, Christopher Von Laufen, opened Swirl on Castro in 2005, they did so to create a haven for wine lovers—one complete with artisanal spirits and unusual art installations. Here are a few important points to keep in mind if you visit. You can taste the wine before you buy it. Amid burgundy walls and a bar with a mosaic swirl, guests can sample 20 rotating varietals. They make it easy to expand your cellar. There’s a curated selection of more than 300 wines from family-owned vineyards throughout California, Spain, France, and beyond. Their selection focuses on sustainability. Fair labor practices and organic and biodynamic farming principles factor heavily into the buying process. Jerry knows his stuff. He sits on the San Francisco Chronicle’s wine panel, and he was a judge at the San Francisco International Wine Competition. The shop has a cameo in Milk. During the movie’s 2008 filming, Swirl closed for 12 days while a studio crew gave its storefront a 1970s makeover. It didn’t have any lines of dialogue, though.
572 Castro St
San Francisco,
CA
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