Li Po

Top choice bar in North Beach & Chinatown

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: Tsingtao beer or a sweet, sneaky-strong Chinese mai tai made with baijiu (rice liquor). Brusque bartenders, basement bathrooms, cash only – a world-class dive bar.