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
485 Jefferson Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
MUNI F: Jefferson Street & Powell Street, Beach Street & Mason Street
Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco –
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.
Groups of trendy girlfriends, couples, yuppies, arty wine lovers, business types, and a good dose of tourists during the day, mid-20s+.
Barely audible ambient music. TV tuned to this or that.
No food. Space can be booked for private parties with catering.
Wine tasting options (usually five wines per tasting) $15–$25. Bottles $15–$150.
Casual to dressy: jeans, t-shirts, shirts, slacks, shorts, dresses, sneakers, sandals, heels.
Thursdays through Sundays from early evening to close to take a few flights with the widest variety of patrons and biggest crowds.
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.