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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 Bar in North Beach & Chinatown

Specs

The walls here are plastered with merchant-marine memorabilia, and you'll be plastered too if you try to keep up with the salty characters holding court in back. Surrounded by seafaring mementos – including walrus g…
Top Choice Cafe in North Beach & Chinatown

Caffe Trieste

Poetry on bathroom walls, opera on the jukebox, live accordion jams and sightings of Beat poet-laureate Lawrence Ferlinghetti: this is North Beach at its best, since the 1950s. Linger over legendary espresso and scr…
Top Choice Bar in North Beach & Chinatown

Vesuvio

Guy walks into a bar, roars and leaves. Without missing a beat, the bartender says to the next customer, 'Welcome to Vesuvio, honey – what can I get you?' Jack Kerouac blew off Henry Miller to go on a bender here an…
Cafe in North Beach & Chinatown

Réveille

If this sunny flat-iron storefront doesn't lighten your mood, cappuccino with a foam-art heart will. Réveille's coffee is like San Francisco on a good day: nutty and uplifting, without a trace of bitterness. Check t…
Bar in North Beach & Chinatown

15 Romolo

Strap on your spurs: it's gonna be a wild Western night at this back-alley Basque saloon squeezed between burlesque joints. The strong survive the Suckerpunch (bourbon, sherry, hibiscus, lemon, Basque bitters), but …
Bar in North Beach & Chinatown

Devil's Acre

Magic potions and quack cures are proudly served by this apothecary-style Barbary Coast saloon. Tartly quaffable Lachlan's Antiscorbutic (lime, sea salt, two kinds of gin) is a surefire cure for scurvy and/or sobrie…
Bar in North Beach & Chinatown

Saloon

Blues in a red saloon that's been a dive since 1861 – this is North Beach at its most colorful. Legend has it that, when the city caught fire in 1906, loyal patrons saved the Saloon by dousing it with buckets of hoo…
Teahouse in North Beach & Chinatown

PlenTea

Chinatown's latest, greatest import is Taiwanese bubble tea: milky iced tea polka-dotted with boba (chewy, gently sweet tapioca pearls). PlenTea fills vintage milk bottles with just-brewed organic bubble tea in your…