Here at SCH, we like our wine - and we like good wine, which is to be expected considering we’re so close to Napa and Sonoma Valley. And while we don’t mean to get all #SnobHill about it, Nob Hill does have some of the best wine bars in SF. Fortunately, many of the wine bars in the neighborhood aren’t snobby at all - and they’re reasonably priced, which is right up our alley. That said, here is our list of the 5 best wine bars the neighborhood has to offer.
2032 Polk Street
Robberbaron is elegant and sleek with a knowledgeable and courteous staff. The wine selection is small but carefully selected and glasses range in price from $10-15. Check out the specials and if you’re there on a Wednesday, you’re in luck: there’s free charcuterie from 6:30 to 8 p.m. #WineDownWednesday anyone?
930 Bush Street
This techie-themed casual bistro is affordable and #SoSF. The periodic table of elements and chalkboards bring you back to science class, and cocktails are served in beakers. Really, there’s no other place like it. The Lab is closed Monday and Tuesday, but you can always make up for lost time on the weekends.
1754 Polk Street
Amelie has perhaps the most extensive wine selection in Nob Hill. The lounge-like atmosphere and French-inspired finger food go great with a glass of wine after a long day, while its lighting sets that perfect date mood. Of course, you don’t have to take a date, Amelie is good #justbecause. However, this is a busy spot even on weekdays, so make sure to get there before 7 to beat the crowds.
1327 Polk Street
The Pour House is one of our favorites. It’s hella laid back with zero pretension. This cute, casual spot offers $12 flights and even lets you order food to be delivered directly to the bar. There’s often live, local music and they stay open late. Wine glasses start at $6 and if you check-in on Yelp! there’s a chance you’ll get 2 free samples. This is a perfect place for people new to wine who want a comfortable atmosphere to explore their options.
1400 Pacific Avenue
Easily the most European of the bunch, Cafe Meuse has a carefully-selected wine list from small production batches near and far. It’s classy and cozy at the same time, something that’s no easy feat - anywhere. Here you can also find some great small plates to compliment the wine list, all at moderate prices, making Cafe Meuse a solid go-to spot in the neighborhood.
BTW - it’s the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love, and we’re running some great specials at Stanford Court Hotel, from April 8 - August 20.