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7 SoMa Spots to Get Your Humpday Happy Hour On

Written By: Andrew Merritt The Best Wine Wednesday in SoMa

You’ve been slaving away at work for what seems like an eternity, yet it’s somehow only Wednesday. You can’t go too hard tonight if you want to make it through the last of the week, but a drink is happening for sure. Whether rewarding yourself for making it to hump day, reconnecting with an old friend or making some new ones, Wine Wednesday is an opportunity to put quality over quantity and savor the few hours before your alarm blares once again. These SoMa wine watering holes are just the place to cozy up with a glass of Gamay or a decanter of Dolcetto and expand your palate while blowing off some steam.


Les Clos

Winning Wine: Domaine Rolet Arbois Poulsard 2011

This cozy bistro from Saison co-founder Mark Bright offers the incredible opportunity to taste some incredible (and impossible to find) wines for downright reasonable prices. Replete with Grand Cru Burgundy and grower champagne, Bright’s list is also chock full of values at every turn. Try the Poulsard from Domaine Rolet out of the Jura in Eastern France ($48). A lighter colored red, the juice from these 35 year old vines still packs a punch of raspberry and strawberry with a touch of rustic earthiness. The perfect pairing with some of Les Clos’ impeccable French faire and charcuterie. Take advantage of their 3-5 p.m. happy hour to score some tastes of ever-changing pours for only $10!

234 Townsend St
San Francisco, CA 94107


Atlas Tap Room

Winning Wine: Pratsch Grüner Veltliner 2014

Celebrating their one year anniversary this week, Atlas Tap Room has succeeded in creating a warm and inviting space to imbibe after a long work day. Perfect for a group of friends that will never be able to decide on a single bottle, Atlas has a rotating selection of beer and wine on tap to compliment their value driven bottle list and menu of antipasti. Grab a glass (or carafe) of Pratsch Grüner Veltliner, an Austrian classic with racy acidity and dry stone fruit that is a versatile selection to accompany a wedge of Mt. Tam and some bacon deviled eggs.  

606 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94105

The Market@Twitter

Winning Wine: Copain Pinot Noir 2014

Leave it to Twitter to host one of the most exciting foodie spaces in the City. The sprawling space includes a market, chocolatier, florist, sushi, pizza, tapas, juice, coffee and sandwich bar. Your FOMO will be your worst enemy here with entirely too much to choose from, so go with a plan. It’s never good to shop on an empty stomach (especially here!) so head over to the U-shaped tapas bar for some roasted clams, crudité and a glass of Copain Tous Ensemble Pinot Noir from Anderson Valley to sip while you unwind and observe the huge variety of personalities to frequent the Market. Up to you to decide who’s a billionaire startup founder and who’s a bike messenger.

1355 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94103


Press Club

Winning Wine: Ampelos Viognier 2014

Slink down the elegant stairs of Press Club into the enormous and modern wine bar offering many opportunities to separate you from your hard earned money. It’s just Wednesday though, so forego the magnum of Quintessa and stick with something more reasonable. Ampelos from the Santa Ynez Valley produces a spot on Viognier that while ripe with peach and apricot sorbet is also balanced with structured acidity and no oak. A bargain during happy hour until 6 p.m. when all wines by the glass and beer is $3 off.  Enjoy with their small but varied menu including a duck confit and butternut squash pizzetta or lamb burgers on rosemary foccacia.

Native Knowledge: Go big on the weekend and take advantage of HALF-OFF wines by the bottle over $70 on the weekend.  

20 Yerba Buena Ln
San Francisco, CA 94103



Winning Wine: Domaine de Pouy Ugni Blanc 2014

Brainchild of superstar sommelier Rajat Parr and celebrity chef Michael Mina, RN74 is designed to transport you from the bustle of the SoMa commuting crowds to a train station in the heart of French wine country. The train schedule-themed market wine list is always a source of great value as you hear it click-clack over to display a new bargain, however the happy hour is one of the classiest in the city. From 4-6 p.m. in the bar and lounge you can enjoy a glass of wine for only $7, though be careful as it’s easy to go wild. Fare includes French classics like onion soup and rillette, but go for the escargot croissants: pillowy croissant dough wrapped around Chartreuse soaked snails and herbs. Cut through the fat with a glass of Domaine de Pouy Ugni Blanc, a crisp white loaded with floral green apple flavors and vibrant aromatics.

301 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94105



Winning Wine: Emile Boeckel Brut Rose

After a nice walk down the Embarcadero to shake off the cobwebs, stop in at District near the ballpark to help them finish off their daily allotment of oysters—available during happy hour for only $1 each. This neighborhood spot is wrapped in wood and exposed brick and offers an incredibly extensive by the glass program. Go for a classic pairing with your oysters and ask for a flute of the Boeckel Rose Cremant d’Alsace with flavors of cranberry and lush strawberry from the mountains of Northeast France.  

216 Townsend St
San Francisco, CA 94107



Winning Wine: La Clarine Farms Piedi Grandi

This tiny retail shop with a 6-seat bar is the best spot to meet up with your out-of-town friend who won’t be around when the weekend finally arrives. Show off your insider knowledge of the city by showing them into this hideaway of wine and vinyl for cheese and wine. Focusing on organic, biodynamic and naturally produced wines, this is where you can find the producers that still make wine the old style. In the same vein, the music warming the space is coming from nightly DJ’s spinning real vinyl (more Bob Dylan than Skrillex). Grab a glass or bottle of any wine by La Clarine Farms out of the Sierra Nevada Foothills. Winemaker Hank Beckmeyer lets his vines grow as they see fit and produces wine from the vineyard, regardless of the varieties that have succeeded. His Piedi Grandi combines the tannic but light bodied Nebbiolo with earthy and lush Mourvedre and Syrah to create a blend unlike any other.

1116 Folsom St
San Francisco, CA 94103

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