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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 Pub in The Haight & Hayes Valley

Toronado

Glory hallelujah, beer-lovers: your prayers are answered. Genuflect before the chalkboard altar that lists 40-plus beers on tap and hundreds more bottled, including sensational seasonal microbrews. Bring cash for al…
Top Choice Bar in The Haight & Hayes Valley

Aub Zam Zam

Persian arches, One Thousand and One Nights murals, 1930s jazz on the jukebox and top-shelf cocktails at low-shelf prices have brought Bohemian bliss to Haight St since 1941. Legendary founder Bruno used to throw pe…
Top Choice Wine Bar in The Haight & Hayes Valley

Riddler

Riddle me this: how can you ever thank the women in your life? As the Riddler's all-women sommelier-chef-investor team points out, champagne makes a fine start. Bubbles begin at $12 and include Veuve Clicquot, the b…
Bar in The Haight & Hayes Valley

Madrone Art Bar

Drinking becomes an art form at this Victorian parlor crammed with graffiti installations and absinthe fountains. Motown Mondays feature the Ike Turner drink special – Hennessy served with a slap – but nothing beats…
Bar in The Haight & Hayes Valley

Alembic

The tin ceilings are hammered and the floors well stomped, but drinks expertly crafted from 250 specialty spirits aren't made for pounding – hence the 'No Red Bull/No Jägermeister' sign and the dainty duck-heart bar…
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Martuni's

Slip behind the velvet curtains to see who's tickling the ivories at the city's top piano bar, where the rainbow spectrum of regulars seem to have memorized every lyric in the great American songbook. Comedy nights …
Bar in The Haight & Hayes Valley

Noc Noc

Who's there? Steampunk hackers, anarchist graffiti artists, electronica DJs practicing for Burning Man and other San Francisco characters straight out of an R Crumb comic, that's who. Happy hour from 5pm to 7pm dail…
Cafe in The Haight & Hayes Valley

Ritual Coffee

The Hayes Valley shipping-container outpost of the Mission roastery offers creamy single-origin espresso and powerful pour-overs to rival those at Blue Bottle around the corner…but beware: those are fighting words a…