BEER + WINE ISSUE: Tap rooms! Breweries! Wine bars! Keep up with all the latest openings (and what's coming soon)
BEER + WINE San Francisco is awash in a sea of suds right now, and based on the number of wine bars that keep opening, it's like there's a citywide edict that every neighborhood has to have at least one good wine bar — not like that's a bad thing. It's a lot to keep track of, though, which gets extra-challenging when alcohol is involved (hic), so consider this your handy cheat sheet on all the latest places to hit.
Let's start with the biggie, shall we? Locals are going nuts for this first US location of the famous Copenhagen beer bar (a partnership between Chuck Stilphen of The Trappist and Trappist Provisions and Mikkel Borg Bjergsø of Mikkeller). The draw? Forty taps of very choice beers that will keep you coming back, plus two cask handles, poured by a staff that is entirely composed of certified cicerones, so you can get an education with every sip. Downstairs, the Tivoli Sour Room just opened, where you'll find 80 bottles of lambics and sour beers. You can order up some beer-friendly food, like housemade sausages, soft pretzel rolls, sandwiches, and more. Expect a crush of humanity: yeah, this place is hot-hot-hot. 34 Mason, SF. www.mikkellerbar.com
GOLDEN GATE TAP ROOM
The next time you find yourself in Union Square and in need of something frothy to drink, this casual place has more than 100 beers — with 50 on draft! It's also a game room, for those of you who dig things like shuffleboard. It has an adult clubhouse-meets-tavern vibe, sporting fun, eclectic décor (it's on the second floor of the historic Press Club building). 449 Powell, SF. www.ggtaproom.com
THE BEER HALL
Right by that crazy wind tunnel on Market Street is this newly opened spot that's hard to notice unless you know it's there. (So now you know.) There are 20 taps of craft California beers, plus a retail selection with bottles you can cart home. Oh yeah, and if you're with someone who prefers wine, well, they'll find something to drink, too. It has a modern tavern look, and since it's right by the Twitter offices, expect a post-work scene. 1 Polk, SF. www.thebeerhallsf.com
BLUEPRINT TAP ROOM
Freshly opened — like, just this week! — is this new gastropub in the Design District. Twenty beers on tap include selections from afar, like Sculpin in San Diego or Ommegang in Cooperstown, NY, and local brews like Drake's Brewing Company and Social Kitchen and Brewery (chef Chris Wong was previously at SKB). There's a menu of cute pub fare; open for lunch and dinner. 680 Eighth St, #170, SF. www.blueprint-sf.com
One of the most exciting wine-related openings is inoVino in Cole Valley, because the owner, Claudio Villani, knows his shit. He was formerly the wine director at Perbacco, and here he has decided to focus on Alpine and volcanic wines of Italy. He wants the wines to be approachable, as in not breaking the bank, so that's always appreciated. Since it's an enoteca, there are also things to eat, like different presentations of mozzarella, bruschette, panini, and more. It has a chic look, with a Carrara marble bar, and sleek metal wine racks, and will be a great date spot, mark my words. 108 Carl, SF.