• A Tuesday Visit to SF's new Barrel Room, but it is CASH PAYMENT ONLY

    Your only cost is your drinks plus tips. Because we are such a big group we all have to pay by CASH ONLY at the bar at street level then we walk down to the basement lounge to enjoy our drinks. We go to the new location of the Barrel Room wine bar which is not far from BART and is divided between their restaurant/tavern that opened in early May and their newest addition, the wine bar, that opened in mid June. They were previously located at 620 Post Street, SF. You can find us in the wine bar's basement. I recently visited the new location for the first time and was so impressed with the basement area that I forgot to even look at their wine menu. Since then I brought a small group, 6, to try it out and they all liked it. The location is an easy walk from the Montgomery Street BART Station and it is full of history. HISTORY: When the building was built, 1908, it was a Japanese Bank. Also, it was the consulate of Imperial Japan. Yoko Ono's father worked there, around 1935, when she was about 2 years old. He was then connected to espionage. From the early 1970s to recent years it housed the "London Wine Bar," the historic first SF wine bar. We will be in the basement with the original bank vaults that we can walk inside. Also, the basement has a piano, a fake fire in a fake fireplace, chess table, and all kinds of furniture inside a bunch of rooms. Yes, you may show up late. We will have a sign saying, "San Francisco Wine Lovers Group," plus sign-in-sheets and name tags for all attendees if more than 20 show up which will probably happen.

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  • A Tuesday Visit to a Giant Wine Bar: Press Club

    Your only cost is your drinks plus tips. Due to popular demand we go back to this giant, 9,000 square feet, wine bar, in the basement of the Four Seasons Hotel on Market Street between 3rd & 4th Streets. Entrance is on the right side of the hotel, looking from Market Street, which is on Yerba Buena Lane. This multi-million dollar place has a lot for us: very close to Powell Street BART and muni, big and beautiful inside, with lots of choices in wine tasting and food. Another plus is that it is usually one of the quietest wine bars in SF which is due to its big size and that they play low volume music. They serve tastes as well as full glasses. Yes, you may show up late. Now on Tuesdays they serve wine till 10:00 PM instead of 9:00 PM. We will have a base area for ourselves and then people can roam around and return to base. We will have a couple signs saying, "San Francisco Wine Lovers Group," plus sign-in-sheets and name tags for all attendees. Press Club web link below: http://www.pressclubsf.com/gallery/food-wine-bar

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  • We Go to the Improved "Toast Wine Lounge"

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    We visit this very nice wine bar and lounge known as "Toast" that keeps improving itself by expanding and renovating. It is just 2 blocks North from Oakland's Rockridge BART Station. Also, cars may park for free at the BART station after 3 PM, and one may find other free parking in the Rockridge neighborhood. This event is especially convenient for our members who live in the East Bay. We might get a bigger space assigned to us if we get a large number of "Yes" RSVPs. Some of our members visited here a long time ago and think the place is small. No, the premises have expanded with a new adjoining room. "Toast" has wine from small producers that one would have a hard time finding elsewhere. It has a nice sized front patio. Food is served until 10:00 PM and wine until 11:00 PM. It is OK to be late. I plan to be there wearing my big white hat with a black band, and having name tags and sign in sheets for everyone. There is no cost except for the drinks and food one orders plus tips. Here is a link to Toast Wine Lounge: http://www.toastwinelounge.com/ Below are two photos of "Toast" showing the front patio area. It looks the same now except it was painted another color.

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  • A Tuesday Visit to a Giant Wine Bar: Press Club

    Your only cost is your drinks plus tips. Due to popular demand we go back to this giant, 9,000 square feet, wine bar, in the basement of the Four Seasons Hotel on Market Street between 3rd & 4th Streets. Entrance is on the right side of the hotel, looking from Market Street, which is on Yerba Buena Lane. This multi-million dollar place has a lot for us: very close to Powell Street BART and muni, big and beautiful inside, with lots of choices in wine tasting and food. Another plus is that it is usually one of the quietest wine bars in SF which is due to its big size and that they play low volume music. They serve tastes as well as full glasses. Yes, you may show up late. Now on Tuesdays they serve wine till 10:00 PM instead of 9:00 PM. We will have a base area for ourselves and then people can roam around and return to base. We will have a couple signs saying, "San Francisco Wine Lovers Group," plus sign-in-sheets and name tags for all attendees. Press Club web link below: http://www.pressclubsf.com/gallery/food-wine-bar

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  • We Go to the Improved "Toast Wine Lounge"

    toast wine lounge

    We visit this very nice wine bar and lounge known as "Toast" that keeps improving itself by expanding and renovating. It is just 2 blocks North from Oakland's Rockridge BART Station. Also, cars may park for free at the BART station after 3 PM, and one may find other free parking in the Rockridge neighborhood. This event is especially convenient for our members who live in the East Bay. We might get a bigger space assigned to us if we get a large number of "Yes" RSVPs. Some of our members visited here a long time ago and think the place is small. No, the premises have expanded with a new adjoining room. "Toast" has wine from small producers that one would have a hard time finding elsewhere. It has a nice sized front patio. Food is served until 10:00 PM and wine until 11:00 PM. It is OK to be late. I plan to be there wearing my big white hat with a black band, and having name tags and sign in sheets for everyone. There is no cost except for the drinks and food one orders plus tips. Here is a link to Toast Wine Lounge: http://www.toastwinelounge.com/ Below are two photos of "Toast" showing the front patio area.

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  • A Tuesday Visit to a Giant Wine Bar: Press Club

    Your only cost is your drinks plus tips. Due to popular demand we go back to this giant, 9,000 square feet, wine bar, in the basement of the Four Seasons Hotel on Market Street between 3rd & 4th Streets. Entrance is on the right side of the hotel, looking from Market Street, which is on Yerba Buena Lane. This multi-million dollar place has a lot for us: very close to Powell Street BART and muni, big and beautiful inside, with lots of choices in wine tasting and food. Another plus is that it is usually one of the quietest wine bars in SF which is due to its big size and that they play low volume music. They serve tastes as well as full glasses. Yes, you may show up late. Now on Wednesdays they serve wine till 10:00 PM instead of 9:00 PM. We will have a base area for ourselves and then people can roam around and return to base. We will have a couple signs saying, "San Francisco Wine Lovers Group," plus sign-in-sheets and name tags for all attendees. Press Club web link below: http://www.pressclubsf.com/gallery/food-wine-bar

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  • We Go to the Improved "Toast Wine Lounge"

    toast wine lounge

    We visit this very nice wine bar and lounge known as "Toast" that keeps improving itself by expanding and renovating. It is just 2 blocks North from Oakland's Rockridge BART Station. Also, cars may park for free at the BART station after 3 PM, and one may find other free parking in the Rockridge neighborhood. This event is especially convenient for our members who live in the East Bay. We might get a bigger space assigned to us if we get a large number of "Yes" RSVPs. Some of our members visited here a long time ago and think the place is small. No, the premises have expanded with a new adjoining room. "Toast" has wine from small producers that one would have a hard time finding elsewhere. It has a nice sized front patio. Food is served until 10:00 PM and wine until 11:00 PM. It is OK to be late. I plan to be there wearing my big white hat with a black band, and having name tags and sign in sheets for everyone. There is no cost except for the drinks and food one orders plus tips. Here is a link to Toast Wine Lounge: http://www.toastwinelounge.com/ Below are two photos of "Toast" showing the front patio area.

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  • A Wednesday Visit to a Giant Wine Bar: Press Club

    Your only cost is your drinks plus tips. Due to popular demand we go back to this giant, 9,000 square feet, wine bar, in the basement of the Four Seasons Hotel on Market Street between 3rd & 4th Streets. Entrance is on the right side of the hotel, looking from Market Street, which is on Yerba Buena Lane. This multi-million dollar place has a lot for us: very close to Powell Street BART and muni, big and beautiful inside, with lots of choices in wine tasting and food. Another plus is that it is usually one of the quietest wine bars in SF which is due to its big size and that they play low volume music. They serve tastes as well as full glasses. Apparently their original format of having six wine bars each representing one Napa or Sonoma winery combined into one giant wine bar was not working. The changes I know about are that they are doing the ordinary wine bar format, stopped retail, and are adding beer and more food selections. Come see all the changes. Yes, you may show up late. Now on Wednesdays they serve wine till 10:00 PM instead of 9:00 PM. We will have a base area for ourselves and then people can roam around and return to base. We will have a couple signs saying, "San Francisco Wine Lovers Group," plus sign-in-sheets and name tags for all attendees. Press Club web link below: http://www.pressclubsf.com/gallery/food-wine-bar

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  • We Go to the Improved "Toast Wine Lounge"

    toast wine lounge

    We visit this very nice wine bar and lounge known as "Toast" that has improved itself by adding another room. It is just 2 blocks North from Oakland's Rockridge BART Station. Also, cars may park for free at the BART station after 3 PM, and one may find other free parking in the Rockridge neighborhood. This event is especially convenient for our members who live in the East Bay. We might get a bigger space assigned to us if we get a large number of "Yes" RSVPs. A few people said this place is too small for us. No. On our previous visits we had enough room, plus the premises have expanded with a new adjoining room! "Toast" has wine from small producers that one would have a hard time finding elsewhere. It has a nice sized front patio. Food is served until 10:00 PM and wine until 11:00 PM. It is OK to be late. I plan to be there wearing my big white hat with a black band, and having name tags and sign in sheets for everyone. There is no cost except for the drinks and food one orders plus tips. Here is a link to Toast Wine Lounge: http://www.toastwinelounge.com/ Below are two photos of "Toast" showing the front patio area.

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  • BART STRIKE OVER - A Tuesday Visit to a Giant Wine Bar: Press Club

    Your only cost is your drinks plus tips. Due to popular demand we go back to this giant, 9,000 square feet, wine bar, in the basement of the Four Seasons Hotel on Market Street between 3rd & 4th Streets. Entrance is on the right side of the hotel, looking from Market Street, which is on Yerba Buena Lane. This multi-million dollar place has a lot for us: very close to Powell Street BART and muni, big and beautiful inside, with lots of choices in wine tasting and food. Another plus is that it is usually one of the quietest wine bars in SF which is due to its big size and that they play low volume music. They serve tastes as well as full glasses. Apparently their original format of having six wine bars each representing one Napa or Sonoma winery combined into one giant wine bar was not working. The changes I know about are that they are doing the ordinary wine bar format, stopped retail, and are adding beer and more food selections. Come see all the changes. Yes, you may show up late. Now on Tuesdays they serve wine till 10:00 PM instead of 9:00 PM. We will have a base area for ourselves and then people can roam around and return to base. We will have a couple signs saying, "San Francisco Wine Lovers Group," plus sign-in-sheets and name tags for all attendees. Press Club web link below: http://www.pressclubsf.com/gallery/food-wine-bar

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