A Grape in the Fog

This decorative wine bar is located in Pacifica. They have plenty of events from quiz nights, bands, comedians, and other various events that often include drink specials. They have a great collection of amazing Red and White local wines which change weekly. It’s a cute place to chill, hangout with friends, or get some work done on their free wifi.

400 Old County Road, Pacifica, CA

Nick’s Seafood Restaurant

When Nick opened his restaurant in 1927, it had the best dance parties. Customers still come in now from when they visited many years ago. Many of the older folks now come in and talk about the crazy long nights dancing there, picking up girls, and staying in the hotel next door. It’s not as crazy as it was in the 40’s but Nick’s Seafood Restaurant still holds dance parties on the weekends with a large bar area. There’s also a large dining area with a fantastic view of the water.

100 Rockaway Beach Ave Pacifica, CA


Auto-Vino is a car collector storage and winery. Their large exotic and classic auto collection is incredible. You can enjoy great wine while browsing around their fine car collection. Then you can play some pool, chill out, and watch TV on the couches.

The owner started telling us how and why Auto-Vino started. He simply didn’t have enough room to store all of his cars so he decided to buy a huge storage space and started renting out spaces and soon started making his own wine. Really it’s more like a auto museum.

Wine tastings are only $10 and held on the weekends. Reservations are required.

205 Constitution Drive, Menlo Park, CA

Saint Michael’s Alley

Named after the alley in London which is home to its first coffeehouse in 1962, Saint Michael’s Alley is the first coffee house on the peninsula. I didn’t get to stay here long but I loved their outside patio for people watching. Although I had went for a couple drinks before dinner, it looked like brunch was their best deal.

140 Homer Ave. Palo Alto, CA & 806 Emerson Street Palo Alto, CA

Thomas Fogarty Winery

For great wine with a view, Thomas Fogarty Winery is the place to go.  They don’t serve food but as a bonus you can bring your own food and have your own little picnic outside.

Reservations are optional. Wine tastings range from $8 to $18.

Tasting Room Hours:
Monday 12 noon – 4 pm
Wednesday – Sunday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

19501 Skyline Blvd. Woodside, CA


Drown a bunch of lychee’s in a bottle of vodka for a couple days then serve it straight up. Out of the five or so drinks I had at Straits, I wanted more of the lychee drink than anything else. It goes down so easily and it’s so delicious. It’s a great Asian fusion restaurant if you’re looking for a bit to eat as well.

1100 Burlingame Avenue, Burlingame, CA

[disclosure]Disclosure: Part of my job includes drinking a lot of alcohol. I visited San Mateo county as part of a paid media trip by the tourism board in exchange for coverage. All opinions are my own.[/disclosure]