(1870 Fillmore), a cozy and friendly neighborhood hangout, is what I call a real wine bar, as opposed to a restaurant that doubles or poses as a wine bar. They sell some nuts, olives, and cheese to snack on, and have a small selection of good bottled beer, but the focus is on the wine.
The thoughtfully chosen list
includes around 50 wines, more than half available by the glass ($4-18) or half-glass, and many of the rest in half (375ml) bottles. The selection favors boutique California wineries, but also has some nice choices from France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Australia, and New Zealand.
Wine Jar is open 4pm-midnight Tues.-Fri., 2pm-midnight Sat., and
2pm-9pm Sun. From opening until 7pm, there's a happy-hour special with $3 beers and 20%
off all bottles. Click the "Contact Us" button on winejar-sf.com to
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