Nectar wine lounge is one of those San Francisco wine bars strategically designed to be the perfect place for a glass after work, as well as a nightcap. Solo sippers find a comfortable spot at the bar, while couples and groups can nestle into purple suede banquettes in the lounge area. The narrow space is a tasteful blend of contemporary modernism-stark white, powder-coated steel tables and espresso-hued wood floors-and softer elements, such as furry ottomans. Nectar serves 40 wines by the glass, so even locals can broaden their repertoire. The bottle list includes a staggering 800 carefully selected listings. The inventive small-plates menu changes weekly and includes such offerings as asparagus tempura and scallops with tikka masala. Nectar is a sweet little spot for getting the evening started. The look is chic and the list is international, described in over-the-top, glorious detail. Young upper-crust types feeling sophisticated trickle in after work and fill the place by dinnertime. The seats at the bar invite solos to saddle up and work their wine speak on whoever lands nearby. Save your appetite for greener pastures. The emphasis here is on the wine and the chance to mingle in a civilised setting.