Bacchus Wine & Sake Bar

Sake Bar / Wine Bar
Bacchus Wine & Sake Bar "While cozy wine bars have arguably become as quintessentially San Franciscan as cable cars, steep hills, and brightly painted Victorians, Bacchus Wine & Sake Bar puts added emphasis on the ""cozy"" part." San Francisco United States 37.7989915 -122.4189834
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Party Earth Review While cozy wine bars have arguably become as quintessentially San Franciscan as cable cars, steep hills, and brightly painted Victorians, Bacchus Wine & Sake Bar puts added emphasis on the “cozy” part. Situated on a tree... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    M–W, Su 5–11pm, Th–Sa 5pm–midnight (or later)

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Bacchus Wine & Sake Bar Review

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"While cozy wine bars have arguably become as quintessentially San Franciscan as cable cars, steep hills, and brightly painted Victorians, Bacchus Wine & Sake Bar puts added emphasis on the ""cozy"" part."

While cozy wine bars have arguably become as quintessentially San Franciscan as cable cars, steep hills, and brightly painted Victorians, Bacchus Wine & Sake Bar puts added emphasis on the “cozy” part.

Situated on a tree-lined block of Hyde Street, the tiny venue could classify as crowded with barely a dozen people inside, although the lack of space doesn’t hinder the drink selection as much as one might predict.

Neighborhood oenophiles show up early for a chance at the two window seats, the perfect perch for noshing on an after-work cheese plate and sipping whichever of the several dozen varietals goes best with them, or perhaps eschewing wine altogether for a warm bottle of sake.

Soft European lounge music creates a mellow vibe, as young professionals and discerning creative types peruse the selection of local art on display, or ogle the bottles of red, white, and bubbly glistening on the long shelves behind the bar.

Even during the rare nights that lines form outside, the venue is more of a tasting stop than a final destination, so patrons usually sift in and out throughout the evening and waits are rarely long.

Though the name may refer to a hard-partying and slightly unhinged Greek demigod, Bacchus Wine & Sake Bar is a calm and sophisticated haunt that trades a little bit of space for a divine selection of alcohol.

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Tip from Emma:

There’s not much food here, but you can easily order in sushi to the bar from Sushi Groove just down the street and you’re welcome to bring in your own food too!

  • Crowd

    Young professionals, wine lovers, the wine curious, and relaxed neighborhood locals, late 20s to late 40s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Bartenders choose the playlists, but mostly ambient lounge music.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Rotating selection of cheese plates.

  • Prices

    Cheese plates $15. Beer $5–$9, wine $9–$15+/glass, $5–$18+/taste, or $50–$80+/bottle, sake $6–$14, champagne $50–$200/bottle.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Smart casual to upscale: suits, sports coats, nice jeans, dresses, dark tops, skirts.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Early in the week for an intimate date, or Friday and Saturday nights for a crowded but relaxed scene of wine lovers.

  • Close By

    La Trappe Café (800 Greenwich Street) has less wine, a bigger food menu, and a gigantic craft beer list.

Bacchus Wine & Sake Bar User Reviews

Average rating:
Bacchus: for a small bite and a long sip.
Megan H. Apr 4, 2013
What could be better then a wine bar with an excellent list, experienced bartenders, and service that strives to make your evening seamless? As many SF wine bars can boast, Bacchus knows its grape juice: the list is varied, ageless, and reasonably priced based on quality. Barcchus also offers a variety of sakes, making for a cultural, uniquely San Franciscan evening. Barcchus goes the extra mile to provide an experience tailored to your specific tastes. The customary small plates to compliment your glass of wine or sake are available; however, Barcchus will also arrange for nearby restaurants to call when your reserved table is ready. Or, if you've been enchanted by the intimate atmosphere, bring a favorite entree with you to add elements of comfort and simplicity to your evening.
Super Chill but Awesome
Sara G. Jan 11, 2013
Not the most popping and happening of places, but I can't say that I don't love that fact of this place. Sometimes I want to go to a bar on Thursday, Friday or Saturday night without having to wait 8340985667456 million years to get a "hey what can I get you?", without actually getting the drink. This place does get quite a lot of traffic, but in slower sections. That is something I love here. You can come here for an intimate date and sip wine or sake and talk. Goodness talking in a bar these days seems insane and so hard! I suggest this place for a simple dinner, date, or night out with some close friends.
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