Winery Collective

Lounge / Wine Bar
Winery Collective Winery Collective in San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf is a great place to try new wines. Find your new favorite varietal in SF with Party Earth. San Francisco United States 37.8077157018265 -122.420469224453
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Party Earth Review Even San Franciscans who’d rather die than visit the most touristy area in town have a reason to go to Fisherman’s Wharf, at least when they’re on the hunt for bottles of small-production wines available only at Winery... ... read full review

  • Metro:

    MUNI F: Jefferson Street & Powell Street, Beach Street & Mason Street

  • Phone:

    415-929-9463

  • Links:

  • Hours:

    Daily noon–9pm

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Winery Collective Review

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Winery Collective in San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf is a great place to try new wines. Find your new favorite varietal in SF with Party Earth.

Even San Franciscans who’d rather die than visit the most touristy area in town have a reason to go to Fisherman’s Wharf, at least when they’re on the hunt for bottles of small-production wines available only at Winery Collective.

A hundred reasons, actually, seeing as that’s about how many boutique varietals can be sipped, savored, and sipped again inside.

The main tasting room consists of a long bar, a cozy leather couch, scattered tables, and a massive cabinet stocked with (what else?) bottles of wine. The combination of exposed brick and aged wood furnishings give the open space a traditional winery atmosphere, and offers a soothing contrast to the hectic street scene outside.

Drawing in a vast range of patrons, from burgeoning young hipster oenophiles to salt and pepper businessmen fully vested in the French Paradox, the bar offers reservation-free tastings of four to five glasses each, as well as special discounts for those who go on to buy a case.

Although there’s no Happy Hour, that doesn’t inhibit the flow of people, with the place becoming particularly busy on weekend afternoons when friends enjoy a pre-club round, couples chat over an after-dinner drink, and wine lovers revel in the selection.

Providing a way to visit small California wineries without having to leave the city, Wine Collective makes it easy to collect a new budget-friendly favorite or snag a rare vintage that no one at tonight’s dinner party will have ever heard of.

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Tip from Adriana:

Although they don’t serve food, Wine Collective can be a great place to help organize a dinner party. They work with several local restaurants that offer special ‘wine dinners’ – dinners paired with WC’s wine – and with no annoying corkage fees.

  • Crowd

    Groups of trendy girlfriends, couples, yuppies, arty wine lovers, business types, and a good dose of tourists during the day, mid-20s+.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Barely audible ambient music. TV tuned to this or that.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    No food. Space can be booked for private parties with catering.

  • Prices

    Wine tasting options (usually five wines per tasting) $15–$25. Bottles $15–$150.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual to dressy: jeans, t-shirts, shirts, slacks, shorts, dresses, sneakers, sandals, heels.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Thursdays through Sundays from early evening to close to take a few flights with the widest variety of patrons and biggest crowds.

  • Close By

    Bistro Boudin (160 Jefferson Street) touts a large oyster bar and seafood menu, as well as an impressive wine list in its own right, all served up with scenic views of the Bay and Alcatraz.

Winery Collective User Reviews

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Where Both Locals and Tourists Can Toast
Kelly G. Nov 28, 2012
When I lived in San Francisco I was lucky enough to have tons of family and friends visit. So lucky, in fact, that it didn’t take long before I had created my own tour —the Winery Collective was always a staple stop. Visitors to the Collective escape the bustling, chilly streets of the Warf and take comfort in this cozy nook of a tasting room. Dark wood, leather chairs and a wall bordered with some of the best wines of the West coast are just a few of the quaint touches found here. Wine tasting makes for a relaxing afternoon, and the knowledgeable, friendly staff are full of interesting information to get the conversations flowing. Fun fact: First time visitors can get a two –for-one tasting coupon- found on the back of a city map (which is available for free at almost every hotel front desk in the city). Another bonus? The location. Right on the corner of the Warf, it’s easy to turn a wine tasting into Irish coffees at the Buena Vista and then cross the street for dessert at Ghirardelli—afterwards hang off a trolley and head back up to California Street. With the savings and slurps it’s easy to but a bottle or two to take home. I’ve partaken in this tradition a few times more than I’d like to admit…but I always come back for more!
Sanity amid the tourist hell-hole of FW
Jayson M. Sep 7, 2012
You like wine or you don’t. Me, I wannah be buried with the stuff, so anyplace with a good selection and the chance to try new varietals without feeling like you gotta be able to determine the vintage from the smell of your own farts afterwards is cool with me. What I’m saying is, it’s not very pretentious. If I am stuck in Fisherman’s Wharf, it’s usually because I am dreaming of Purgatory. But if I am awake, this place offers a nice escape from the Ripley’s Believe It Or Shoot Me In The Face Museum. Staff is all super knowledgeable, so just tell them what you like and grab a flight of grapey goodness. Think all you can do is flights apart from buying a bottle, both of which I have done many times. I even found a white wine here I liked, something I never thought I would ever say.
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