Press Club

Lounge / Wine Bar
Press Club Wine lovers craving a trip to Napa Valley can save themselves the hour trek by popping into Press Club instead, a cavernous, subterranean lounge and wine bar popular with chic ladies and dedicated connoisseurs eager to sift... San Francisco United States 37.785944 -122.404574
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Press Club - Lounge | Wine Bar in San Francisco.
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Party Earth Review Wine lovers craving a trip to Napa Valley can save themselves the hour trek by popping into Press Club instead, a cavernous, subterranean lounge and wine bar popular with chic ladies and dedicated connoisseurs eager to... ... read full review

  • Metro:

    BART: Powell
    MUNI F Line: 4th Street & Market Street

  • Phone:

    415-744-5000

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  • Hours:

    M–Th 4–10pm, F 4pm–midnight, Sa 2pm–midnight

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Press Club Review

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Wine lovers craving a trip to Napa Valley can save themselves the hour trek by popping into Press Club instead, a cavernous, subterranean lounge and wine bar popular with chic ladies and dedicated connoisseurs eager to sift...

Wine lovers craving a trip to Napa Valley can save themselves the hour trek by popping into Press Club instead, a cavernous, subterranean lounge and wine bar popular with chic ladies and dedicated connoisseurs eager to sift, swirl, and sip their way through the evening.

Tucked below Yerba Buena Lane – a pedestrian-only thoroughfare connecting Market Street to the museums and Yerba Buena Gardens – the venue first opened as a tasting room that offered rotating samples from six different wineries and very little else. Since April 2011, however, the Club has expanded to include wines from all over California, as well as small plate pairings and select craft beers.

After-work hours see young business types sinking into one of the sleek couches along the wood paneled walls or snagging a comfy stool at one of the bar stations that dot the space.

Although a mellow vibe pervades on weekdays as sophisticated couples, trendy friends, and first dates stop in for wine flights paired with everything from caramel corn to smoked salmon, the energy gets turned up a notch on Fridays and Saturdays when DJs spin hip-hop and electronica to help the artsy oenophiles get loose.

It would be a stretch to suggest regulars ever turn into dedicated party animals at Press Club, but anyone who visits will no doubt leave with wild desires for a day trip to wine country.

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Tip from Adriana:

Go on a Thursday for the Visiting Vintners event, when staff from different wineries showcase their latest wines. It’s an intimate tasting event that you’d normally only find at the winery itself.

  • Crowd

    Young professionals, trendy types, couples on dates, wine aficionados, international tourists, finance guys, and groups of friends on a wine-centric staycation, late 20s to 50s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Ambient light jazz and world music most nights. DJs spin hip-hop and electronic on Fridays, Saturdays, and during special events. Visiting Vintners tasting event 6–9pm on Thursdays.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Seasonal food and wine menus featuring small plates including cheeses, appetizers, salads, pizzettas, and choice meats. Happy Hour M–F 4–6pm. Some GPS and online mapping tools more accurately place the location as 767 Market Street.

  • Prices

    Appetizers $5–$6, small plates $11–$14. Beer $5–$10, wine $9–$32/glass or $36–$128+/bottle, wine flights $14–$20.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Stylish to business casual: sweaters, button-downs, blouses, jackets, cocktail dresses, suits.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Thursdays for the weekly tastings and Fridays and Saturdays for the DJs and more of a party atmosphere, which might include a little hip shaking.

  • Close By

    Cask (17 3rd Street) is a specialty store that features one of the city’s most extensive collections of bourbons and American whiskeys, as well as wines from California's most popular boutique vineyards.

Press Club User Reviews

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Wines of the Words, In Your Own Backyard
Moni M. Aug 5, 2013
Wine tasting made simple: Press Club. The spacious, dimly lit, calming ambiance provided by this Financial District gem has all the makings of a truly happy hour for those looking to de-stress, unravel and curl up with a glass of top shelf wine. The selections at the Press Club are seemingly endless, pouring an abundance of international, rare and exclusive wines and of course a critical mass of locally sourced vino. Press Club offers $7 Chardonnays, $9 Cabernets and $3 off all beers before 6 pm during the work week and 50% off bottles over the weekend! Nestled directly in the epicenter of San Francisco's busiest neighborhood, it's almost shocking how the Press Club surrounds its visitors in pure Zen the moment they pass the threshold. The massive list of pairings and flights here are enough to keep wine lovers coming back for more. Leave the buffalo wing/ Pabst combo deals to the other guys, we're in wine country now :)
Visit Napa Valley without having to go to Napa Valley
Keane L. May 15, 2013
Press Club is the definitive wine bar in downtown San Francisco. Each section of this underground lounge represents a vineyard from Wine Country, allowing you to taste the best of Napa without having to drive up there. Food is served as well; elegant fair such as charcuterie plates that pair nicely with vino. Everything about Press Club is top-notch, including the prices; you may not find a wine under $12 here.
A classy affair
Halley S. Apr 1, 2013
A beautiful, low-key hangout, the Press Club features an extensive and cost effective happy hour list of wines and delicate appetizers. They feature a wonderful assortment of wines, from the tasty but easy on the wallet glasses for the budgeting wino to very expensive bottles-- for when you want to feel fancy, or if you can genuinely taste the difference. Every detail of this bar is very chic and professional-- from the display of wine bottles to the sunken lounge to the long wooden tables. This is my go-to place for a trendy happy hour when I want to feel "professional" with my coworkers--as opposed to those nights when you want to really let loose and break down silos-- it's laid back but still has a charming ambience. It's also located very close to public transportation, both BART and several muni lines, which is great for when you've had, ah, one too many happy hour specials. The Press Club also has a great VIP lounge area for work get-togethers or parties. Definitely worth a look!
Wino's Unite!
Rachel G. Nov 7, 2012
This place is fantastic. As soon as I stepped in I was amazed by the array of wine bottles in various green colors illuminated on the wall. This was even before I hit the wall of wines they have in their cellar! The staff is fantastic, the place is huge and low-lit ambiance, and the food is fantastic! I would HIGHLY suggest you check this place out if you get the chance. Great place for a first date or group wine-nights!
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