District Wine Bar
Set in a converted (and spacious) SoMa warehouse near the ballpark, District is one of the gorgeous new neo-wine bars in San Francisco and it is fantastic for a good glass, some salty snacks (aka globally inspired small plates), and some prime people-watching. The décor is rustic loft meets plush chandelier sophistication. As with all good wine bars, the menu includes some eclectic choices available by the glass and a host of whimsically named flights drawing on selections from a variety of continents. The food tends to cured meats of one stripe or another paired with the tangy, savoury, and cheesy, plus a few choice desserts. Considering that a heavy meal isn’t much of an aphrodisiac, this could be an ideal date spot. Upscale lounge bites and an approachable wine list-with categories including Exotic Whites and Big Funky Reds-served in a chic warehouse-style space with ever-changing art. District is the biggest baby in SF’s new breed of neo-wine bars where wine and food get equal play and the crowd is so boisterous that the restaurant requires a bouncer on weekends. Yes, a bouncer. At a wine bar. If you’re serious about wine and intend to sip and savor, arrive early and secure a seat in the lounge at back. Except for a few (taken) tables, after happy hour it’s standing room only-and there’s barely enough room for that.