Head up Gough half a block off Market Street to find Hotel Biron, a combination art gallery and wine bar. Exhibits rotate monthly and feature a kick-off party on the first Thursday with plenty of bubbly and a chance to meet the artists. With understated art, the space's cellar aura permeates. Only candles and dim spotlights illuminate this long and narrow cavernous space. Unfinished stone floors and rough brick walls are accented with rich wooden beams, supporting the illusion that huge oak casks filled with wine are fermenting around the corner. There's ample seating at small tables with rustic wrought-iron frame chairs stretched with rawhide seats. But this authentic motif comes at a price with hardly a thing under $10 per glass. However, there are some quality non-wine options if you know your specialty European beers and an interesting assortment of cheese and fruit platters from which to choose.
Cozy, candle lighting, leather sofas, wine, caviar, and cheese are just a few features which add to this gem. There are monthly rotating art shows, wine tastings, and cheese classes - a hidden Parisian-style scene.