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Mili, a luxurious new wine bar, is opening in downtown SF

A new wine bar is opening Wednesday in downtown San Francisco, hoping to lure office workers for happy hour snacks and glasses of high-end French wine.

Mili, which means “meeting” in Sanskrit, is located on the ground level of the Mira Building, a twisted-looking, 39-story condo tower near the Embarcadero. Its wine selection leans toward the classic, with lots of pours available from regions like France’s Burgundy and Bordeaux, plus Napa Valley. (Wines range from $12.50-$90 per glass.) A short food menu includes items like caviar, charcuterie boards and pate en croute.

Opening a wine bar was not always in the plans for owner Shubhra Sarkar. A longtime Silicon Valley engineer, she made a career change in 2020 once the pandemic hit. She enrolled in a master of fine arts program for painting. And she decided to finally act on her passion for wine, which she and her husband had developed during their extensive travels around the globe.

“We’ve been to 50+ countries,” Sarkar said. (They ticked off their seventh continent, Antarctica, in December.) “We’ve been enjoying collecting all kinds of wines from the different places we visit.” She had especially memorable experiences in Santorini, Greece and Casablanca, Chile.

Mili will serve snacks like caviar, pate en croute and charcuterie.

Mili will serve snacks like caviar, pate en croute and charcuterie.

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Since Sarkar had never run a bar or restaurant before, she hired people with experience, including general manager John Jasso, who previously worked at fine-dining favorites Gary Danko and the Progress, and consulting sommelier Renee-Nicole Kubin, formerly of popular bistros Nopa and Routier.

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