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Drink Wine on the Cheap at These 10 Places

Half-price bottles, discount glasses, and more wine deals

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There’s fine wine in this city, and it can be had without busting your budget. Thankfully, there are many places around town that want to make sure you have the chance to taste greatness with discount prices.

And, the 50 percent phenomenon isn’t restricted to California wines, classic wine bars, nor to full bottles. You can find half bottles, carafes of house wine and wine by the glass in red, white, rosé, and sparkling representing both New World and Old World. Some of the city’s best-stocked wine bars offer great deals, you just have to know when and where. Check out these 10 spots that have great wine deals at all hours of the day.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. InnerFog

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545 Irving St
San Francisco, CA
(415) 682-4116
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Wine by the glass on weekdays is $6 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in this intimate Irving Street wine bar at 7th Avenue. Four or five happy hour reds and whites representing both New World and Old are listed on the menu from softest to most powerful, so you can judge your preferences. Small plates, cheese platters, and flatbreads to accompany.

2. Mason Pacific

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1358 Mason St
San Francisco, CA
(415) 374-7185
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As both a neighborhood bar and a destination bistro perched at the intersection of Nob Hill, Russian Hill, and Chinatown, Mason Pacific is balancing its multiple personalities. Either way, watch Powell-Hyde cable cars clamber past while enjoying 50 percent off bottles on the (fairly pricey) daily market list, every day from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. and again from 9 p.m. until midnight.

Patricia Chang

3. Nectar Wine Lounge

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3330 Steiner
San Francisco, CA
(415) 345-1377
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The Marina is home to a mellow yellow frontage for a candlelit wine bar called Nectar. While some of the city’s wine bars are closed on Mondays, this one starts off the week right with Nectar’s Monday signature wine flights (Pinot Envy, Anything But Chard, Bad Ass Red) slashed by 50 percent all night. Tasty black truffle popcorn goes well with muted movie wall projections.

4. One Market Restaurant

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1 Market St
San Francisco, CA
(415) 777-5577
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Along with a pleasant view of the Ferry Building, One Market is offering select $6 glasses of wine during happy hour on weeknights from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. and on Saturdays from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the bar and lounge adjoining the restaurant.

Stick around after 6:30 p.m. when a pianist entertains until 9:30 p.m. Sommelier Tonya Pitts curates a top drawer monthly wine list and it’s worth noting that the whole of July is half-price wine bottle month.

One Market

5. Pause Wine Bar

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1666 Market St
San Francisco, CA
(415) 241-9463
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On the edge of Hayes Valley, this cozy wine bar is super handy before a performance at SFJazz, a lecture at Nourse Theater, or even a wedding at City Hall. The emphasis is on organic wines, changing weekly. Take advantage of half price ($17) for half bottle carafes during happy hour from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. every day (closed on Sundays), and take one dollar off all small plate food items with an accent on vegetarian and vegan.

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6. Redford

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673 Geary St
San Francisco, CA
(415) 563-8192
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A vintage 48-star American flag dominates the interiors where rustic Americana translates into Tenderknob tavern. A two-hour happy hour begins every day at 5 p.m., further enhanced on Wednesdays when bottles of wine are half price. Two facts: the walking distance to Union Square and open until 2 a.m., are not lost on the Moscone crowd.

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7. Scopo Divino

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2800 California St
San Francisco, CA
(415) 928-3728
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Tasteful interiors, a respectable kitchen, and an elevated wine experience give Pac Heights residents a convenient wine lounge to roll into. A mellow Sunday evening jazz mood is enhanced by the pressed tin ceiling, zinc bar, and tiled floor. Happy hour is daily 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and every Tuesday features a rotating, curated half-price wine bottle night with more than two dozen labels offered from opening until closing time at 11 p.m.

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8. The Tipsy Pig

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2231 Chestnut St
San Francisco, CA
(415) 292-2300
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Unlike laid-back gastropubs on the other side of the pond, “sharp” is the way Tipsy Pig describes the timing of their happy hour offerings. Don’t dawdle to score half-priced bottles of wine from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday through Thursday evenings, and do synchronize your watch to order discounted comfort food (including nearly world famous mac n’ cheese) served from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

9. Tofino Wines

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2696 Geary Blvd
San Francisco, CA

This spot a surprise off the beaten track, and in the shadow of Trader Joe’s and City Target on Geary. The light-filled, high-ceilinged, palm-dotted space is reminiscent of Paris, with its vintage terracotta tiles and old light fixtures from a French railway station. A changing menu of 30 wines by the glass mixes up classic with emerging from the USA, France, Italy, and Spain. All wines on tap are half-price every Tuesday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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10. Yield Wine Bar

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2490 3rd St
San Francisco, CA
(415) 401-8984
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The Dogpatch sister of Pause mirrors the happy hour formula. Half-price carafes of sustainable and organic wines from small, family-owned and -operated wineries are accompanied by (mainly) vegetarian small bites. Win, place, or show in the Tuesday night trivia quiz to subtract a percentage off your bill.

Yield Wine Bar

1. InnerFog

545 Irving St, San Francisco, CA

Wine by the glass on weekdays is $6 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in this intimate Irving Street wine bar at 7th Avenue. Four or five happy hour reds and whites representing both New World and Old are listed on the menu from softest to most powerful, so you can judge your preferences. Small plates, cheese platters, and flatbreads to accompany.

545 Irving St
San Francisco, CA

2. Mason Pacific

1358 Mason St, San Francisco, CA
Patricia Chang

As both a neighborhood bar and a destination bistro perched at the intersection of Nob Hill, Russian Hill, and Chinatown, Mason Pacific is balancing its multiple personalities. Either way, watch Powell-Hyde cable cars clamber past while enjoying 50 percent off bottles on the (fairly pricey) daily market list, every day from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. and again from 9 p.m. until midnight.

1358 Mason St
San Francisco, CA

3. Nectar Wine Lounge

3330 Steiner, San Francisco, CA

The Marina is home to a mellow yellow frontage for a candlelit wine bar called Nectar. While some of the city’s wine bars are closed on Mondays, this one starts off the week right with Nectar’s Monday signature wine flights (Pinot Envy, Anything But Chard, Bad Ass Red) slashed by 50 percent all night. Tasty black truffle popcorn goes well with muted movie wall projections.

3330 Steiner
San Francisco, CA

4. One Market Restaurant

1 Market St, San Francisco, CA
One Market

Along with a pleasant view of the Ferry Building, One Market is offering select $6 glasses of wine during happy hour on weeknights from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. and on Saturdays from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the bar and lounge adjoining the restaurant.

Stick around after 6:30 p.m. when a pianist entertains until 9:30 p.m. Sommelier Tonya Pitts curates a top drawer monthly wine list and it’s worth noting that the whole of July is half-price wine bottle month.

1 Market St
San Francisco, CA

5. Pause Wine Bar

1666 Market St, San Francisco, CA
Yelp/Kevin Y.

On the edge of Hayes Valley, this cozy wine bar is super handy before a performance at SFJazz, a lecture at Nourse Theater, or even a wedding at City Hall. The emphasis is on organic wines, changing weekly. Take advantage of half price ($17) for half bottle carafes during happy hour from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. every day (closed on Sundays), and take one dollar off all small plate food items with an accent on vegetarian and vegan.

1666 Market St
San Francisco, CA

6. Redford

673 Geary St, San Francisco, CA
Redford

A vintage 48-star American flag dominates the interiors where rustic Americana translates into Tenderknob tavern. A two-hour happy hour begins every day at 5 p.m., further enhanced on Wednesdays when bottles of wine are half price. Two facts: the walking distance to Union Square and open until 2 a.m., are not lost on the Moscone crowd.

673 Geary St
San Francisco, CA

7. Scopo Divino

2800 California St, San Francisco, CA
Scopo Divino Scopo Divino

Tasteful interiors, a respectable kitchen, and an elevated wine experience give Pac Heights residents a convenient wine lounge to roll into. A mellow Sunday evening jazz mood is enhanced by the pressed tin ceiling, zinc bar, and tiled floor. Happy hour is daily 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and every Tuesday features a rotating, curated half-price wine bottle night with more than two dozen labels offered from opening until closing time at 11 p.m.

2800 California St
San Francisco, CA

8. The Tipsy Pig

2231 Chestnut St, San Francisco, CA

Unlike laid-back gastropubs on the other side of the pond, “sharp” is the way Tipsy Pig describes the timing of their happy hour offerings. Don’t dawdle to score half-priced bottles of wine from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday through Thursday evenings, and do synchronize your watch to order discounted comfort food (including nearly world famous mac n’ cheese) served from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

2231 Chestnut St
San Francisco, CA

9. Tofino Wines

2696 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA
Tofino

This spot a surprise off the beaten track, and in the shadow of Trader Joe’s and City Target on Geary. The light-filled, high-ceilinged, palm-dotted space is reminiscent of Paris, with its vintage terracotta tiles and old light fixtures from a French railway station. A changing menu of 30 wines by the glass mixes up classic with emerging from the USA, France, Italy, and Spain. All wines on tap are half-price every Tuesday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

2696 Geary Blvd
San Francisco, CA

10. Yield Wine Bar

2490 3rd St, San Francisco, CA
Yield Wine Bar

The Dogpatch sister of Pause mirrors the happy hour formula. Half-price carafes of sustainable and organic wines from small, family-owned and -operated wineries are accompanied by (mainly) vegetarian small bites. Win, place, or show in the Tuesday night trivia quiz to subtract a percentage off your bill.

2490 3rd St
San Francisco, CA

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