In a city known for excellent cuisine and fine wine, eking out a great reputation isn't an easy thing for a bar to do. That's why the success of San Francisco's Bar Bambino is all the more incredible, and it's one of the many reasons that the trendy watering hole is a Luxist nominee in the best wine bar category.
Founded in 2007, Bar Bambino became a fast favorite for residents of San Francisco's Mission district and beyond. With a 63-seat main room that features a heavy dose of warm wood along with clean modern metal and glass, the atmosphere is both inviting and chic. A back patio makes for a great dining and drinking experience during the city's few warm months.
Gallery: Bar Bambino in San Francisco
Bar Bambino's wine list includes over 160 different varieties, including more than 35 available from the glass. Per bottle prices range from $32 to $333; most are uncommon wines from the Italian peninsula. For those interested in yeastier brews, Bambino offers a small selection of beers from the U.S., Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands.
In addition to a spectacular list of beverages, Bar Bambino offers a range of delectable eats. There's light fare for snackers – cheese plates, olive oil flights, breads and cured meats, to name a few – as well as full meal options including braised lamb shank and twice-cooked chicken. And if the dessert menu doesn't float your boat, there's always another glass of wine waiting for you.
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