Nightlife

Top Choice Bar in The Mission, Dogpatch & Potrero Hill

Trick Dog

Drink adventurously with ingenious cocktails inspired by local obsessions: San Francisco muralists, Chinese diners or conspiracy theories. Every six months, Trick Dog adopts a new theme and the entire menu changes –…
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in The Mission, Dogpatch & Potrero Hill

%ABV

As kindred spirits will deduce from the name (the abbreviation for 'percent alcohol by volume'), this bar is backed by cocktail crafters who know their Rittenhouse rye from their Japanese malt whisky. Top-notch hooc…
Top Choice Bar in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

Bourbon & Branch

'Don't even think of asking for a cosmo' read the House Rules at this Prohibition-era speakeasy, recognizable by its deliciously misleading Anti-Saloon League sign. For award-winning cocktails in the liquored-up lib…
Top Choice Bar in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

Bar Agricole

Drink your way to a history degree with well-researched cocktails: Whiz Bang with house bitters, whiskey, vermouth and absinthe scores high, but El Presidente with white rum, farmhouse curaçao and California-pomegra…
Top Choice Cafe in The Haight & Hayes Valley

Blue Bottle Coffee Kiosk

Don't mock SF's coffee geekery until you've tried the elixir emerging from this back-alley garage-door kiosk. The Bay Area's Blue Bottle built its reputation with microroasted organic coffee – especially Blue Bottle…
Top Choice Bar in The Haight & Hayes Valley

Smuggler's Cove

Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum…wait, make that a Dead Reckoning (Nicaraguan rum, port, pineapple and bitters), unless you'll split the flaming Scorpion Bowl? Pirates are bedeviled by choice at this Barbary Coast–shipw…
Top Choice Bar in North Beach & Chinatown

Comstock Saloon

Relieving yourself in the marble trough below the bar is no longer advisable – Emperor Norton is watching from above – but otherwise this 1907 Victorian saloon brings back the Barbary Coast's glory days with authent…
Top Choice Bar in North Beach & Chinatown

Li Po

Beat a hasty retreat to red-vinyl booths where Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac debated the meaning of life under a golden Buddha. Enter the 1937 faux-grotto doorway and dodge red lanterns to place your order: Tsingt…
Top Choice Club in The Mission, Dogpatch & Potrero Hill

El Rio

Work it all out on the dance floor with SF's most down and funky crowd – the full rainbow spectrum of colorful characters is here to party. Calendar highlights include Salsa Sunday, free oysters from 5:30pm Friday, …
Top Choice Wine Bar in The Mission, Dogpatch & Potrero Hill

20 Spot

Find your California mellow at this neighborhood wine lounge in a 1895 Victorian building. After decades as Force of Habit punk-record shop – note the vintage sign – this corner joint has earned the right to unwind …