Published October 14, 2011
We’ve been teased with it in wine country. In Sausalito. Hell, even Oakland. Now finally, finally we can play the beloved Italian lawn sport on our own turf—naturally, with drink in hand...
Welcome to The Hidden Vine, a tavern-style sanctuary for wine and bocce, opening Tuesday in FiDi.
Maybe you remember this place’s Union Square locale. Well, this is a little like that, but bigger and bocce-er. Basically, imagine an oversized living room—dark, woodsy, with exposed brick and velvet sofas. (Okay, so it’s a very plush oversized living room.) You’ll plop down for a quick warm-up drink in a leather chair near the cast-iron fireplace that was stripped from a Mission Victorian. Then head outside to the court—conveniently located on a wind-blocked deck—for a little friendly competition. (Emphasis on competition.)
Naturally, you’ll have your choice of several performance enhancers. Oysters, pork sliders... beer, of course. But we’re thinking wine—you’ll have about 140 options, available from an 824-bottle stash behind the bar.
Because 825 would just be ridiculous.