The East Bay is full of great wine bars, including The Ordinary, Punchdown, Bay Grape and Snail Bar. Almost all, however, are concentrated in Oakland. Now we come to El Cerrito – and its owner thinks it will be the only wine bar in this town.
The new spot, Banter, is slated to open in late 2021 or early 2022 at 10368 San Pablo Ave., in the space formerly occupied by the Handcraft Studio art school. Owner Claire Sullivan says he’ll be offering some not-too-great natural wines, botanical decor, and a light fare menu.