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Where I like to Drink Wine in San Francisco

Updated: Feb 28, 2023 09:04
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The Waterfront Restaurant, San Francisco CA. Sturat Schuffman

The Waterfront Restaurant, San Francisco CA.

I like locally owned joints, with great people, great wine, and a great view doesn’t hurt either.   That’s why we put together the San Francisco Wine Passport every year, so YOU, our fine reader can go to 23 of the best spots to hang in SF, and literally drink it all in without breaking your wallet.

With my SF Wine Passport you get 2-for-1 glasses of wine at 23 of SF’s finest locally-owned bars and restaurants! It honestly doesn’t get much better than that. And after the past couple of years, getting out there and discovering dope local eateries, bars, and haunts is exactly what the doctor ordered.

The SF Wine Passport always sells out so get yours now right here.

The Waterfront Restaurant 

Easily the best view of the Bay Light in the city, along with a great happy hour and a stellar wine list, The Waterfront Restaurant is my new favorite place for wine, Italian seafood, and just old-school SF charm.  It’s right on the water, the views are stunning, and it’s been locally owned and operated since the 1960s.  So obviously we had to have it in the SF Wine Passport this year.

The Waterfront SF has 3 stories of amazing views of the Bay.

The Waterfront Restaurant
Pier 7 on The Embarcadero


This bar is great, and the burgers will melt your face almost as fast as the DJs and dance parties. Locally owned and run for over 12 years, Asiento is a great place for a night out in the Mission, with the iconic ‘universe’ mural all across its 2 story facade and its beautiful new parklet you can’t miss it.

Asiento’s face-melting burgers and their Mezcal ‘Pink Cashmere’ cocktail.

So of course, it had to be one of our bars in the Wine Passport.

2730 21st St

The Belle Cora

The most pleasant parklets to sip wine, eat charcuterie, and listen to live music in all of North Beach.  The Bella Cora is an easy decision to make when you want to sit and watch the bustle of Green Street while you choose from some 30+ delicious wines by the glass, and simply soak it all in.

The Belle Cora
565 Green Street
North Beach

Cantina Los Mayas

If you’ve ever been to the Mexican wine country then you know how impressive the wine scene down there has become, Cantina Los Mayas have brought the Valle de Guadalupe, (the Napa Valley of Baja) to San Francisco with + 70 Mexican wines and to pair with fancy, delicious Mexican cuisine.  I recommend the Paunchos (Mayan crispy tacos), the whole vibe of this place is super unique.

Cantina Los Mayas
431 Balboa Street
The Richmond

If you’d like to discover the other 19 of my favorite places to drink wine in San Francisco, dive into the San Francisco wine passport this year.  There’s no better way to find new great wines, and support the best locally-owned bars and eateries in the city.

See the SF 2023 Wine Passport here

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Stuart Schuffman, aka Broke-Ass Stuart, is a travel writer, poet, TV host, activist, and general shit-stirrer. His website is one of the most influential arts & culture sites in the San Francisco Bay Area and his freelance writing has been featured in Lonely Planet, Conde Nast Traveler, The Bold Italic, and too many other outlets to remember. His weekly column, Broke-Ass City, appears every other Thursday in the San Francisco Examiner. Stuart’s writing has been translated into four languages. In 2011 Stuart created and hosted the travel show Young, Broke, and Beautiful on IFC and in 2015 he ran for Mayor of San Francisco and got nearly 20k votes.

He's been called "an Underground legend": SF Chronicle, "an SF cult hero":SF Bay Guardian, and "the chief of cheap": Time Out New York.