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Where I like to Drink Wine in The Mission, SF

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I like locally owned joints, with great people, great wine, and a great parklet 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.

This Spring I’ve been hitting up wine bars in the Mission, and the scene is buzzing, there wasn’t an empty seat (or glass) at each of these dope (locally owned) wine bars when we were there…and it felt fucking great.

El Chato

El Chato is a Basque taberna style wine bar with a dope list of vermut, sherry, largely natural Spanish wine and a cellar of old and rare wines. Amazing pintxos and tapas, great vibes and live music too. The interior design has tons of cool Basque and Mission-themed decorations, artistic notes, and little things to discover ever which way. They have local vintners in for tastings too, the neighborhood really loves this joint.

El Chato
 2301 Bryant St


I just breathe better surrounded by greenery. Arcana is a bar, restaurant, and greenhouse serving global natural wines and plant-based food inspired by Middle Eastern cuisine. With live music and entertainment events every week, you’ll find yourself marveling at the design, decor, and delightful greenery.

2512 Mission St.


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


Owned and operated by 4 longtime Mission bar scene veterans, Buddy is a friendly, comfy, modern bar & cafe with great natural wines, cocktails, and a dope chef who makes delicious small plates. With art on the walls and seats inside and out, you can’t miss, but you may want to put your name down early because this joint is hella popular.

3115 22nd St. 


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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