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Today’s deal gets you $30 of wine, beer, fruits, and cheeses for just $15 at Hotel Biron. This cozy, relaxed Hayes Valley wine bar is a hidden gem with a combo of fabulous wines and great artwork from a new, local artist every month.
Hotel Biron offers wines from around the world, including imports from France, Australia, South Africa, Spain, Chile, and more. The laid-back, friendly staff will help you choose the perfect bottle using a three-step process developed my Louis Pasteur. If you’re not a fan of wine, check out the extensive brew list.
The food menu isn’t extensive, but the French-inspired cuisine perfectly complements the specialty wines. Canadian, Californian, Portuguese, Oregonian, German, French, and Italian cows have all contributed their milky goodness to the exquisite cheese menu, with absolutely no cheeses strip-mined from our nation’s pristine mountaintops.
Hotel Biron is open every day from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. You can brave heavy crowds on the weekends to meet other wine and art-devotees, or try Hotel Biron on the weekdays for a more intimate setting with less of a crowd. SFWeekly readers call the place the city’s Best Wine Bar, while Yahoo! Travel describes the place as a great wine bar that vineyard-savvy and wine novices alike will enjoy.
With a speakeasy-reminiscent alleyway entrance tucked behind Zuni Cafe and Espetus, Hotel Biron is edgy inside and out. Low lights illuminate unique local artwork accenting the zinc-green walls. The venue’s seating arrangements include copper tables, wrought-iron chairs, and comfy sofas. Unlike other wine bars that force you to drink and eat from a single plastic tumbler, Hotel Biron provides you with elegant separate glasses and dishes, so the wine and cheese don’t mix until they’re dancing within your stomach.
Gayot describes the place: > * …this atmospheric little wine bar that feels like something out of Eastern Europe… The wine list includes well-chosen and somewhat spendy wines from all over the globe, plus a menu of excellent cheeses, salumi and olives. The owners are friendly and offer tastes, so ask questions.
Online customer reviewers love this place, too. Ninety-five percent of Urbanspooners like the place, Citysearchers give Hotel Biron a perfect five stars, and tons of Yelpers give it four stars: > * Love this place. Great wine, nibbles, and atmosphere have made it one of my new favorite places. The laid-back vibe and 30s-ish crowd makes this a perfect spot to throw back a few glasses. – lolasmommy, Citysearch > * What a great, non-pretentious wine list; delectable cheeses; and such a relaxed yet vibrant atmosphere. And the bartenders are an absolute delight. I love it! – CaptainHowdy, Citysearch > * This place is more like the best of Europe than any other place I’ve been to in the city. It’s small, tucked away location makes you feel like you’ve found some hidden treasure the Wharf-visiting-wrong-clothes-in-summer tourists will never know about. – Michael S., Yelp
Hotel Biron’s rotating gallery of local artists creates the perfect atmosphere for enjoying wine, cheese, and culture in an unpretentious environment. One artist you may not see anytime soon is the thrice-rejected conceptual artist Ernesto Coup-De-Stylo, whose inscrutable work and volatile temper have made him a controversial figure. His rejected works include:
- Tape-Recorded Screaming Match With Step-Dad #44
- Self-Portrait in Peanut Butter and Baby Teeth
- Laundry Basket of Writhing Hedgehogs
- Legitimately Acquired Jackson Pollock Covered With Unicorn Stickers
- Punching Booth