If you want to learn about wine, you could come to Arlequin and talk to any of their super helpful employees about what you’re into, and they’ll help you find the perfect bottle. After you do that though, you should uncork it and head to their backyard to drink it. It’s in the middle of Hayes Valley, but feels like you’re in a secret garden far away from San Francisco. The phone service back here isn’t always the best either, so if you really want to feel like you’re getting away, that makes this place even better.
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Ritual Coffee Roasters
Use Ritual in Hayes Valley for an intense coffee run and maybe a croissant. It's a good place to do some work, but they don't have wifi.
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Bacchus Wine Bar
Bacchus Wine Bar is a tiny wine bar in Russian Hill that's perfect to sit at while you wait for a table to open up at Elephant Sushi.
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Anina in Hayes Valley has everything you need for an afternoon drinking session - including punch bowls and outdoor space.
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