Ban ‘the usual’ from your drinking vocabulary, and go for the extraordinary instead. The Gold Rush brought a rush on the bar; by 1850, San Francisco had one woman per 100 men, but 500 saloons shilling hooch. Today California’s traditions of wine, beer and cocktails are converging in saloon revivals, wine-bar trends and microbrewery booms. DJs set the tone at nightclubs, where the right groove gets everyone on the dance floor - gay, straight and a glorious swath of whatever. SF is relaxed about dress codes, though club bouncers do turn away people wearing flip-flops, shorts or grubby T-shirts, especially at swing and salsa clubs. Otherwise, you'll usually only wait 10 minutes to get in, unless stumbling drunk.