Whether in wine country or a city, California’s wine bars feature more than just locally-grown wines. Sip on all your favorite reds and whites from San Francisco to Italy. Honestly, you can’t possibly go wrong at a wine bar in the Golden State. Check out some of the best wine bars in California, from end to end.
Bergamot Alley features entertainment nights, games, a retail shop and a rotating selection of wines by the glass as well as bottles and other options. Enjoy your selection with a gourmet grilled cheese, meat and cheese plate, or updated bar snack.
Cadet takes pride in introducing rare wines and beers to those that venture in. The selection changes frequently but the elegance and service remains the same. Each week brings a new bartender and something new to enjoy.
There’s no menu at Bar Covell because the selection of wine and beers is constantly rotating. The careful attention to the limited wine selection has found fans with critics and regulars, as has the limited food menu to accompany your choice for the evening.
The historic location in the heart of San Francisco offers a vast curated selection from wineries all over the world. Pick up a bottle for a picnic in the city or surrounding region or check out some of the exclusive events that feature rare and unique wines.
Les Marchands tends to fly under the radar, but it’s location in downtown Santa Barbara, surrounded by the region’s wine country has helped it to land in the pages of notable wine publications like Wine Spectator. The atmosphere allows you to stop in for dinner, or a pre-dinner snack and anything in between. There’s a vast cheese and charcuterie selection as well as bigger plates and sweets to pair with wine.
Ordinaire Wine focuses on natural wine, offering selections of wines that many people don’t know about. Sourcing from Europe and California, Ordinaire has a casual cool vibe that makes wine feel accessible to anyone—especially paired with a pizza.
Frequently named as the best wine bar in the city, The Hidden Vine is tucked into the Financial District. With an extensive wine list, you can order flights, tastings a glass or a bottle. You can also have a bocce party and munch on the rotating menu that is inspired by the nearby weekly farmer’s market.
Baci Café & Wine Bar brings an Italian viewpoint to California Wine Country. Frequently voted a favorite place to stop by both locals and visitors, Baci focuses on an upscale Italian flavored menu made with local ingredients. Dishes pair well with the selection of wines.
The Wine Lab is a perfect place for newbies and connoisseurs to learn more about wine. A rotating variety of wines shows up in flights and you can also find a selection of meats and cheeses and even a dessert pairing. Classes and special events provide an additional opportunity to learn more about different kinds of wines.
Vino Nostra is a casual spot to enjoy a glass of wine or a craft beer with a small snack from the selection of flatbreads and meats and cheeses. Artwork fills the walls and the occasional events and tastings are super popular.