Sake Bar / Wine Bar
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-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 ... more
1954 Hyde Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
Ah, the lip-smacking joys of fermented rice. San Francisco sake bars serve up steaming hot or icy-cold carafes, bombs, and ceramic cups of this delectable Asian alcohol, a perfect pairing with fresh-from-the-sea fare or as a party-fueling libation.
Resting on Russia Hill is Bacchus Wine and Sake Bar, a tiny sipping spot tucked onto a tree-strewn block of Hyde Street where dapper patrons gently jockey for position among rotating local art. Blowfish Sushi is a sleek sake affair in the Mission, serving up chichi cocktails amid uber modern decor with a dash of sexy kitsch. The walls are lined with fancy flat-screens and anime prints, showcasing mildly erotic films and heaving Asian tatas.
Rowdy after-work and pre-party revelers head to Barracuda Sushi for a heady combination of twinkling lights, bamboo branches, and $3 sake bombs, guaranteed to wow the palate and the wallet. Giggling girlfriends, tattooed tough guys, and clean-cut professionals all vie for the window seats overlooking Market Street for some prime-time people watching, or slink to the back to watch the chefs roll their magic and watch obscure Asian music videos.
Sake bars in San Francisco add a little dash of Eastern panache to any evening. You'll be singing Domo Arigato Mr. Roboto in no time.