Nightlife

Top Choice Lounge in Nob Hill & Russian Hill

Tonga Room

Tonight's San Francisco weather: 100% chance of tropical rainstorms every 20 minutes, but only on the top-40 band playing on the island in the middle of the indoor pool – you're safe in your grass hut. For a more po…
Bar in Nob Hill & Russian Hill

Hi-Lo Club

A must-visit on any Polk St pub crawl, the Hi-Lo plays trashy-fancy, with peeling paint, tarnished-tin ceilings and distressed-wood floors that make it resemble a candlelit squat. The classic cocktails showcase less…
Bar in Nob Hill & Russian Hill

Top of the Mark

So what if it's touristy? Nothing beats twirling in the clouds in a little cocktail dress on the city's highest dancefloor. Thursday to Saturday evenings are best, when a full jazz band plays; Wednesday there's pian…
Bar in Nob Hill & Russian Hill

Big 4

A classic for swank cocktails, the Big 4 is named for the railroad barons who once dominated Nob Hill society, and its decor pays tribute with opulence – oak-paneled walls, studded green leather and a big mahogany b…
Beer Hall in Nob Hill & Russian Hill

Hopwater Distribution

Beer drinkers are spoiled for choice here, with a changing menu of 30 on-tap ales, IPAs, pilsners and lagers, plus yummy bar bites, notably Humboldt Fog cheese plates, buttermilk-fried-chicken sandwiches and pulled-…
Cocktail Bar in Nob Hill & Russian Hill

Harper & Rye

Small-batch rye, craft cocktails and artisanal beers are the specialties at this Polk St bar, styled with floor-to-ceiling weathered wood and exposed steel. The upstairs mezzanine provides a stellar vantage point ov…
Wine Bar in Nob Hill & Russian Hill

Fine Mousse

Champagne and French fries are what to order at this decidedly un-fancy wine bar on the cable-car line, whose menu showcases five by the glass and 35 by the bottle. And, oh, those duck-fat fries – a luxurious spin o…
Bar in Nob Hill & Russian Hill

Amélie

This très-cool neighborhood wine bar with sexy lipstick-red counters serves well-priced vintages – happy-hour (5pm to 7pm) flights of three cost just $10 – and delish cheese and charcuterie plates. Weekends get terr…
Teahouse in Nob Hill & Russian Hill

Boba Guys

Using premium leaves and local organic milk, Boba Guys makes sweet-milk tea drinks ($4 to $6) and Asian-inspired pastries for chai fetishists not the least bit hesitant to queue up for 20 minutes for service. Qualit…
Cafe in Nob Hill & Russian Hill

Jane

Pac Heights girlfriends sit at side-by-side tables and chat over fair-trade coffee and chai, house-made pastries and gorgeous salads, and freelance workers hunch over their laptops at this upbeat and happening cafe,…