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 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 …
Top Choice Lounge in The Mission, Dogpatch & Potrero Hill

Dalva & Hideout

SF's best bars are distinguished not just by their drinks but by the conversations they inspire – and by both measures Dalva is top shelf. Here Roxie movie critiques drip with Irony Pinot Noir, politics invoke Russi…
Top Choice Bar in The Mission, Dogpatch & Potrero Hill

Elixir

Do the planet a favor and have another drink at SF's first certified green bar, in an actual 1858 Wild West saloon. Elixir expertly blends farm-fresh seasonal mixers with local small-batch, organic, biodynamic spiri…
Top Choice Bar in The Mission, Dogpatch & Potrero Hill

Zeitgeist

You've got two seconds flat to order from tough-gal barkeeps used to putting macho bikers in their place – but with 48 beers on draft, you're spoiled for choice. Epic afternoons unfold in the graveled beer garden, w…
Top Choice Gay & Lesbian in The Mission, Dogpatch & Potrero Hill

Wild Side West

Lesbian-owned since 1964, Wild Side West has kept its clientele busy making herstory in the beer garden and making out on the pool table (Janis Joplin started it). The sculpture garden began in the 1970s, when killj…
Cafe in The Mission, Dogpatch & Potrero Hill

Borderlands

West Coast coffeehouse culture is staging a comeback at this membership-supported neighborhood bookstore-cafe, complete with hairless cats, creaky wooden floors, top-notch hot chocolate and sofas encouraging offline…
Cafe in The Mission, Dogpatch & Potrero Hill

Ritual Coffee Roasters

Cults wish they inspired the same devotion as Ritual, where regulars solemnly queue for house-roasted cappuccino with ferns drawn in foam and specialty drip coffees with highly distinctive flavor profiles – descript…