The interior at Fig & Thistle. Yelp photo by Frank J.
Alums from The Alembic just won’t quit. This time, former host Angel Davis has opened her own spot in Hayes Valley, ~FIG & THISTLE~. It’s a rather petite little beer and wine bar, with redwood, vintage furniture, and lots of natural light. The wine and beer list is written on a chalkboard, and features wines by the bottle or glass. All the wines are domestic, and most are from California, though you’ll find Oregon and Washington bottles and the occasional New York riesling, too. The wines are mostly from small-production winemakers, and will change constantly, so there will always be something new to try. There is also a small selection of domestic beer, like offerings from Shipyard, Dogfish Head, and Boulevard.
To go along with all those nice libations is a selection of finger foods, like local cheeses and charcuterie (the charcuterie program is on hold for the moment, but should be up in full swing soon). In the meantime, look for cheese from Cypress Grove and Rogue River Creamery. Hayeswire has some additional info, plus photos from the opening party. Fig & Thistle is open Sun-Thu 3pm-11pm and Fri-Sat 3pm-12am. 313 Ivy St. at Gough, 256-651-9903.