1735 Hancock St, San Diego, CA | Directions 9210132.741808 -117.183125
Neighborhoods: Western San Diego, Midtown, Western
After seeing some of the recent reviews on google saying this place is actually affordable, friendly, and unique, I decided to check it out. The space is HUGE and the staff was very helpful. I was walked around by a knowledgeable employee who helped me pick out a few bottles in my price point. For the most part, the prices were very reasonable compared to some of the other stores I have been to. I had some time to kill and I was hungry so I decided to sit down for a small appetizer and a glass of wine. The wine list at the bar was decent, but not really too extensive - maybe 30-40 wines. It seemed to work for me, but if you are really into wine then you may need to go somewhere else. I walked out of there for under $20 and went on my way. If you are in the neighborhood, I would check them out. Plus I hear they will soon be serving some exclusive San Diego Micro brews soon!
Just to clarify, when I referred to the pompous Asian guy, that was strictly a reference to Sharon's description of the bartender and is not my words. I meant to put the words in quotes and forgot. :)
Re: RUDEST PEOPLE I EVER MET – What does RACE or ETHNICITY of an employee have to do with anything? Twice in the review below Jojogun calls out: "the pompous asain" and "this asain person." Review of the poor service the writer claims to have experienced aside for a minute, let me guess: Jojogun, you must be a White person, right?
The employee's alleged behavior toward you or to any patron as you describe it would be certainly unacceptable, though your blatant racism might be the real issue of so-called bad service here. Bring it on yourself maybe? And no, I'm not Asian.
Me, I'm someone who's going to visit 57 Degrees like I've been wanting to as I pass through Midtown or Little Italy on my way home from the airport to my multi-ethnic neighborhood of SouthEast SanDiego...SAY WHAT? A fine wine AFICIONADO in the Hot Cheetos-eating ghetto of SouthEast? That's right, and a call out on RACISM right here on SanDiego CitySearch. It's Jojogun's wine and service I wouldn't care for should it be distributed.
As for the wines at 57 Degrees and their service, I look forward to experiencing both. Think I'll look for an Identifiable Asian kid behind the bar, give him a heads up about how to handle racist White folk in the context of the workplace.
Most Rude people I have ever met – New Years eve, my husband and I stopped in to check out this wine bar. The pompous asian"employee" @ the bar had to be coerced to our side of the wine bar. He was aware we were there, however we were ignored. I walked around the other side of the bar, which only had 5 total people, and found him, trying to ignore us again. I told him to please not forget he has customers on the other side. When he finally showed up, he was rude. I told this asian person my husband was a wine maker, which usually starts some conversation about wines. He glared at us, so I repeated what I had said. He sounded like a smart mouth teenager, and said "I HEARD YOU THE FIRST TIME" We were so taken back by his arrogant,rude attitude, we left, and won't return. We will also let our wine club friends know about this establishment, and worthlessness. Wine Steals has nothing to worry about. The manner in which business is conducted @ 57 degrees will put them out of business in no time. Personally, I don't have enough money to waste in this establishment, when there are so many other fantastic wine bars. Go Wine Steals!!!
Love this place! – Brought my girlfriend here and she wouldn't stop talking about it! Enjoyed the wine very much
Good, but not great. – The place is very roomy, almost too roomy though... it seems a bit empty. The first time I went, there was dust everywhere. It was the afternoon and the bartender was marginally amiable. We enjoyed our wine and left. We also threw a little party there and this is where we found issues. The owner is really arrogant, took advantage of a situation, I didn't want to argue with him, I paid the inflated bill. He charged us $5 per bottle corkage fee for bottles we corked ourselves AND an 18% gratuity. He also put the whole thing on the retail register, I'm assuming so he didn't have to actually share any of that 18% with the wonderful server girl who he had working two parties.... and leaving it impossible for me to add a tip expressly for her to the bill on the credit card. He made several rude comments and it is he and he alone that guarantees I'll never step foot in the joint again. Neither, I may add will many of the party goers. If Ramsey had a show on wine bar nightmares, this owner would be a poster boy for the pilot episode. The place had not one bottle of real champagne....only sparking wine... how sad that Ralph's Grocery has a better champagne selection. I'll be going to Wine Steals from now on. Too bad Tango has not found a new venue yet.
High Class wine bar - but still fun – Local wine bar located in East Village. Had the opportunity to stop be a few weeks ago. I'm not a real wine person, but the atmosphere inside made me curious. After walking in I was greeted by a friendly bartender. I opted for a local brewery beer, but was talked into trying some of the favorites by the locals. The atmosphere was quite different then the typical downtown scene. It was quite trendy, but I didn't have to flag the bartender down each time I was looking for a refill. The people were extremely friendly and was even greeted by the owner who also gave me some of his recommendations. Has a few different rooms within the faciltiy and was actually able to have a conversation with people I can hear. The owner told me about the Sunday barbecues with the ability to watch several different games. I ended up coming back on Sunday and much to my suprise I was able to watch the game that I wanted without any trouble. I definately rate this faciltiy as a must try. I think you'll find it a recurring place to visit.
Great Place for New Residents to Meet Predators – The atmosphere is inviting with Christmas lights, expensive candleholders, and plenty of empty, soft barstools - seemingly odd for nine-ish on a Friday night. The tender - friendly, and rightfully so with only about a handful of patrons within his vicinity. I asked him for something red to soak up the sadness of leaving two years in Hawai'i behind me to start over new in San Diego, and he gave me a ($10 a glass, mind you) Zin that slapped the mouth with cocoa as he kept repeating that the vines were 100 years old. The night would have been fine, if it had ended there. But one half of a couple of self-proclaimed regulars invited me over to their table, which I accepted since I know nobody in this town. He says that his friend had been admiring me, yadda yadda ya, and bearing the residue of a recently broken relationship, I felt that I had little to lose over just simple conversation. Little did I know that I was playing a part in a joke at my own expense. The drunken liar across from me began berating me with insulting questions as the tender hovered within earshot. It didn't take me too long to realize that the rather cold-shouldered, smug guy next to me did not, in fact, wish for me to join them and to erradicate any doubt, I simply asked him - "You didn't send your friend over to invite me to your table, did you?" He slammed his drink, and responded, "No..." Pause. "Would it have been better if I lied?" "No," I responded, embarassed beyond belief. I then awkwardly awaited for the tender to return from some duties in the cellar to pay for my $10 glass of wine that I traveled half an hour each way to painfully slurp down as I was humiliated before my very own eyes. Meanwhile, the dudes continued to make fun of an older lady at the end of the bar as I searched for my wallet and keys. So went my evening of first contact with the locals. Thank you so much, San Diegans, for making me feel so welcome, when I already felt so alone, in this new town.
Great Wine Bar – Did not even know this place stored wine until I read it in your review? What I found was a great Wine experience in the East Village area of downtown San Diego. I arrived and found easy parking in Fifty Seven Degrees free that's right free parking lot. I was immediately warmed by 57's not so trendy but more cutting edge appearance. There wine list was filled with geek wines some I knew some I did not. The did not's are always of more interest to me. I first chose a Spanish White recommended by the insightful winetender and it was delightful. While sipping this glass a Blues Band began to set up on 57's stage. Being from Austin, Texas Live Music was a must in any great Bar experience. The band did not disappoint. I followed my Shanish with a Oakey Chard a great Red Blend from South Africa then a solid Cal Cab. The respectful 30ish crowd did everything from dance to sing along with the Live Music. An unexpected experience at a wonderful Wine Bar in San Diego!
Great Place to Chill and Relax with a solid wine selection – I stopped by 57 Degrees because my friends were talking about how the atmosphere is really layed back but the winos there know their stuff. They certainly did! Above just wine, I enjoyed watching music videos on the big screen, getting a tour of the wine storage facility and had a nice Cuban on the patio. The owner was telling me about the Sunday BBQ in the parking lot- definetly not your average stuffy wine cellar!
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