Wine Down is a fun bar in SF’s SoMa neighborhood that serves awesome, local, wine, beer, and food.
Wine Down features a short, frequently rotating list from small, independent California producers. We pride ourselves on finding the best stuff at a reasonable price, so you can get a good glass of wine for about ten bucks. We choose to partner with people who put as much love into their products as we do to Wine Down. We know most of the winemakers and brewers on our list personally. We support other small minority and women-owned businesses whenever possible.
We knock wine and craft beer off their pedestals and have fun with it, while encouraging people to try new drinks outside their comfort zones.
Most importantly, Wine Down is and always will be a place for people to gather and feel welcome, comfortable, and appreciated. As minority women business owners, we want to help create a world that values, protects, and champions women, people of color, LGBT communities, immigrants, and everyone in between.
We like to drink. We like to have fun. We don’t take ourselves too seriously.
We met while working at a sustainability-focused organization (just a few blocks from 685 Folsom!). We’d count down the minutes until we could leave the office to grab after-work drinks.
We love good wine, beer, and food, and believe they are an important part of everyday life, but no matter how many places we tried, we never found the right bar. We’d consistently find ourselves sacrificing quality, comfort, or our hard-earned dollars, and so were our co-workers and friends.
More often than not, we’d get a crappy glass of house wine for $10+. We’d lose our voices screaming at a loud bar, or feel out of place in a upscale bar (we once thought we were looking at bottle prices, when it was the glass list!).
So as an alternative, we started raising money to buy good drinks and snacks and host a weekly office happy hour known as “Wine Down,” to help all of us relax at the end of a long workday. As “Wine Downs” grew in frequency and size—and friends of friends started to attend—we knew there was an opportunity to bring the spirit of our Wine Downs to life in a real bar, outside of the office. Eventually, discussions about the need for a casual, friendly place to enjoy good wine, beer, and snacks at a good price led to months of research and finally the concept for Wine Down. We're proud to have built the bar of our dreams in Wine Down at 685 Folsom Street. It’s a magical, happy place and we hope you join us soon!