An all women-funded and mostly female-staffed Champagne bar on a cozy Hayes Valley corner? Yes, please. Wood-lined with big picture windows, The Riddler is intimate and sexy in blacks, whites and golds, opened in January 2017 from Jen Pelka, who also runs Magnum PR, and appropriately women-made wines are called out on the menu.
THE DRINK TO DRINK: General manager Marissa Payne oversees a menu of more than 100 Champagnes focused on grower-producers, vintage wines from traditional houses and rare Special Club Champagnes. Look for effervescent joys ranging from sparkling Austrian grüner veltliner to elegant pinot noir/chardonnay/meunier Champagne blends from small producers like Charles de Cazanove or Gonet-Médeville.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Playful elements range from free popcorn out of a machine and Miller High Life ponies (if you order six, they arrive on ice in a Champagne bucket). A light food menu includes caviar (of course), charcuterie and killer Tater Tot waffles topped with the likes of salmon and caviar.
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