111 Minna - 111 Minna St., S.F., (415) 974-1719. [Art Gallery / Bar / Nightclub]
540 Club - 540 Clement St. (bet. 6th and 7th Ave.), S.F., (415) 752-7276. [Punk Rock Bar]. DJs, darts, rotating art shows, jukebox.
1313 Main - 1313 Main St., Napa, (707) 258-1313. [Wine Tasting Lounge and Events Venue]
Absinthe - 398 Hayes Street, S.F. (415) 551-1590. [Brasserie and Bar]
ABV - 3174 16th St. (bet. Guerrero and Valencia Sts.), S.F., (415) 400-4748. [Bar food and Cocktails]
Alchemist Bar and Lounge - 679 3rd St. (bet. Brannan St & Townsend St), S.F., (415) 746-9968. [Cocktails] With black-and-white movies projected on the exposed brick wall, tufted-leather couches as far as the eye can see and fantastically named cocktails.
Alembic - 1725 Haight St. (bet. Cole and Shrader Sts.). S.F., (415) 666-0822. Happy hour 4-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Local foods, small dishes, big drinks and home brews.
Ambassador, The - 673 Geary St. (at Leavenworth St.), S.F., (415) 563-8192. Happy hour 6 p.m. - midnight Tue. [Comfort Food / Well Drinks / Beer]
Amelie - 1754 Polk (at Washington), S.F., (415) 292-6916. [Wine Bar, mostly French list]
America's Cup Sports Bar - Pier 27 on the Embarcadero [offers outdoor patios overlooking the harbor, private lounge areas and large private event spaces]
Bacchus Kirk - 925 Bush St. (bet. Taylor and Jones Sts.), S.F., (415) 474-4056. Lounge, fireplace, smoling room, major televised sports, pool table, happy hour every day 4pm-8pm, Monday Night Football with complimentary food and drink specials, Tuesday Night Ladies Night.
Bacchus Wine & Sake Bar - 1954 Hyde St. (near Union St.), S.F., (415) 928-2633. [Wine Bar]. Fifty-bottle wine list focuses on small wineries from around the world.
Barrique - 461 Pacific Ave. (bet. Sansome and Montgomery Sts.), S.F., (415) 421-9200. [Wine Bar]. Named for the French word for "barrel," Barrique is a wine bar dedicated to returning to the old-world tradition of drinking wine straight from the cask. And since each of the 18 barrels holds roughly 300 bottles of wine, you can count on the wine to be liberally flowing. Of course, there'll also be some bottled wine. In fact, when you walk inside, a library of about 120 bottles behind elevated tables with tall, red leather chairs will greet you. But you'll want to walk back and take a seat at one of the sofas across from the long rack of barrels.
Beer Hall, The - 1 Polk St. (at Market St.), S.F., (415) 800-7416. [Craft Beer / Wine]
Beretta - 1199 Valencia Street (at the corner of Valencia and 23rd Sts.), S.F., (415) 695-1199. Serves inventive cocktails, thin crust Neopolitan style pizzas, and contemporary Italian comfort food in the Mission district.
Bergerac - 316 11 St. [bet. Folsom and Harrison Sts.], S.F., (415) 255-9440. [Clubby SOMA cocktail hideaway; crafted cocktails and cuisine]
Big - 761 Post St. (bet. Leavenworth and Jones Sts.), S.F. [Bar)
Burritt Room - 417 Stockton Street (), S.F., (415) 400-0500 [Bar]. Tucked away up a flight of stairs in the Crescent Hotel is The Burritt Room, a rare classic hotel bar featuring a semi-private parlor, vintage couches and a long wooden bar lit by classic crystal chandeliers and backed by exposed brick. Named after the Nob Hill alley just off Bush Street that was the scene of the murder in The Maltese Falcon, The Burritt Room is refuge for hotel guests and locals alike.
Big Four - 1075 California (at Taylor), S.F., (415) 475-5400. [Piano bar] With lawyer-green club chairs, lead-glass mirrors, dark wood paneling, a fireplace, and a nightly piano player (this part is key), the Huntington Hotel's restaurant and bar has that weighty but casual feel of old money-a place where real men are made. But of course it does: The place is named after the major railroad tycoons.
Bix - 56 Gold Street, S.F., (415) 433-6300. [Bar / Supper Club]. Ambience is pure 1930s and 40s' - tasteful art moderne reminiscent of the glory of Cunard and French line ships.
Bloodhound - 1145 Fosom St. at 7th St., S.F., (415) 863-2840. [Bar]
Blowfish Sushi to Die For - 2170 Bryant St. (at 20th St.), S.F., (415) 285-3848. Happy hour 5-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri. [Drafts/ Well Drinks / Sake Cocktails / Sushi]
Blur - 1121 Polk St. (at Post St.), S.F., (415) 567-1918. happy hour 4-6 p.m. daily. [Saloon]
Bong Su - 311 3rd St. (at Folsom St.), S.F., (415) 536-5800. [Lounge]
Bourbon & Branch - 505 Jones St. (bet. Geary St & O'Farrell St), S.F., (415) 346-1735. A glimpse back on the 1920's and the era of Prohibition when the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverage was outlawed. You'll experience the ambiance of that time in an actual speakeasy that operated illegally at this location from 1921 to 1933.
Also: Wilson & Wilson within Bourbon & Branch.
Brick Yard, The - 1787 Union St. (at Octavia), SF, (415) 400-4712. Happy Hour: Weekdays 4pm-6pm. [Comfort Food; Sports Bar]
Bubble Lounge - 714 Montgomery Street, S.F., (415) 434-4204. Elegant lounge serving 300 champagnes and sparkling wines, full premium bar, and fine hors d'oeuvres.
Burritt Room (Mystic Hotel) - 417 Stockton St, S.F., (415) 400-0500 [Craft cocktail bar]. Named for nearby Burritt Alley, which honors Judge Burritt and the farm that once existed there - where detective Sam Spade's partner Miles Archer was gunned down in Dashiell Hammett's masterpiece, The Maltese Falcon.
Hard Water - Pier 3, Suite 3-102, S.F., (415) 392-3021. [American Whiskey]
Harlot - 46 Minna St., S.F., (415) 777-1077. [Lounge, DJ, Cocktails] Harlot stands as a monument to the Barbary Coast's ladies of the evening that prowled the same alleyway that the club stands upon today. Stylized branches and antlers contrasted by red light bulbs and tasteful, nearly nude artwork are focal points of the seductive decor. Dressed-up women appreciate the danceable DJ music, while their under-dressed male counterparts appreciate the upscale bar snacks and the pin-ups on tabletops more.
Harry Denton's Starlight Room - Sir Francis Drake Hotel on the 21st floor, 450 Powell Street at the corner of Sutter Street, S.F., (415) 395-8595. The 360-degree view from the Starlight Room is as breathtaking as any in the world, encompassing brilliant sunsets or rolling fog, city lights, and landmarks from Telegraph Hill to the Bay Bridge. And inside, the view is every bit as stunning. Ruby reds and golds, nine imported chandeliers, a bevy of beveled mirrors, deep velvet booths and hundreds of yards of luscious ruby red, gold, and teal Scalamandre damask as well as crimson hand-rubbed silk drapery give the completely new room an air of elegance you might find at Maxim's in Paris or an opera house in Vienna.
Hemlock Tavern - 1131 Polk St. (at Post St.), S.F., (415) 923-0923 [Bar]
Henry's Hi-Life - 301 W Saint John St., San Jose, (408) 295-5414 [Barbecue; Steakhouse; Sports Ba
Hidden Vine - ½ Cosmo Place (at 620 Post St.), S.F., (415) 674-3567. [Wine Bar]
Hobson's Choice - 1601 Haight St., S.F., (415) 621-5859. [Bar]. A cozy pink-and-red-hued spot with lots of comfy couches and Victorian chairs. While the beverage choices here are plenty -- you can get a pint or a 25-ounce beer, as well as wine and typical mixed drinks -- the emphasis here is on rum, plain and simple. They have more than 110 kinds of rum that they'll mix up in rum punches, rum cocktails, rum drinks and a ridiculously long list of exotic rums to satisfy any craving a rumaphile might have. A small menu of snackish eats are provided by the neighboring Asquew Grill, and every weekday afternoon, draft beers, house-rum punch and call daiquiris are a measly $2. The place gets packed on weekends.
Hogs & Rocks - 3431 19th St. (at Mission St.), S.F., (415) 550-8627. [Ham and Oyster Bar] Come-as-you-are bar and restaurant serving no-nonsense cocktails and modern bar food until 1AM every night.
Hotel Biron - 45 Rose St. (near Gough St.), S.F., (415) 703-0403. [Wine Bar / Small Plates / Art Gallery]. Eighty wines by the bottle and 35 by the glass. French wines are a favorite, as are California wines from up-and-coming wineries.
House of Shields - 39 New Montgomery St. (bet. 2nd and 3rd Sts.), S.F., (415) 975-8651. [Bar]. Beautiful carved redwood barand Victorian fixtures. Opened in 1918. recently renovated. No clocks. No TV. The tile floor, heavy wood paneling, game trophies, carved wooden booths and Victorian statuary all belong to a turn-of-the-(twentieth)-century aesthetic.
Knockout, The - 3223 Mission St. (at Valencia St.), S.F., (415) 550-6994. [Kitschy Mission Bar]
Lazlo Bar - 2526 Mission St. (bet. 21st and 22nd Sts.), S.F., (415) 401-0810. Happy hour 6-9 p.m. daily. [Bar; DJs nightly]
Levende Lounge - 1710 Mission St. (at Duboce), S.F. Lounge This restaurant / lounge resembles a cozy dining room with dim candlelight, exposed-brick walls and an ornate, centerpiece chandelier. Wood-beam ceilings and warm, stylish lighting give the mostly maroon space a loft-like vibe. While a DJ mixes records in the corner, the black-clad waitstaff serves well-dressed patrons world-fusion small plates and stunning signature cocktails at various-shaped tables.
Liberties, The - 998 Guerrero Street (at 22nd St.), S.F., (415) 282-6789. [Irish] A favorite neighborhood gathering place in The Mission featuring superb food, a great selection of cocktails and beers, an outdoor cafe and a welcoming staff. A comfortable European-style bar and restaurant.
Little Shamrock - 807 Lincoln Way (between 10th Ave & 9th Ave), S.F. (415) 661-0060. [Pub] The second-oldest bar in the city, this jovial watering hole feels like a second home to many regulars who stop by nightly for casual conversation, friendly competition and good old-fashioned Irish libations. The cozy space, decked out in green and gold, features well-worn but comfy sofas, a warm hearth and popular backgammon tables. Whiskey connoisseurs appreciate the selection of Irish varieties, while the rest are simply impressed by the free, freshly popped popcorn.
Local Edition - 691 Market St. (at 3rd St.), S.F. [Bar: located in undergrouund space at historic Hearst Building]
Loló: Agave Bar - 974 Valencia (bet. 21st and Liberty Sts.), S.F., (415) 643-5656. [Unique & seasonal cocktails highlighting the agave distillate Mezcal]
Mill Valley Beerworks Brewery & Beer Cafe - 173 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley, (415) 336-3596. [Brew Pub] Handcrafting beers on location as well as offering a large selection of imported and local microbrew. In addition to beer: housemade kombucha, ginger ale and rootbeer as well as fresh pretzels, salumi and cheeses.
Mission Rock Resort - 817 Terry Francois Blvd. (near Illinois St.), S.F., (415) 701-7625. [Oyster Bar & Grill]
Moby Dick - 4049 18th St. (at Hartford St.), S.F., (415) 294-0731. [Gay Bar]
Monarch - 101 Sixth St. (near Mission St.), S.F., (415) 284-9774. [Bar and Nightclub]
Monk's Kettle - 3141 16th St. (bet. Valencia and Guerrero Sts.), S.F., (415) 865-9523. [Gastropub]
Nihon Whiskey Lounge - 1779 Folson St. (at 14th St.), S.F., (415) 552-4400. [Whiskey Lounge, Japan Cuisine]
Noble - 600 Polk St. at Turk St.), S.F., (415) 931-5196. [Nightclub]
Noc Noc - 557 Haight St. (bet. Fillmore & Steiner Sts.), S.F., (415) 861-5811. [Bar]. Looking a little bit like a set from a Tim Burton movie, with an angular, Goth-Deco architectural motif, Noc Noc also is home to some of the best DJs in the City. And we're talking not house or drum 'n' bass DJs who stick with one genre, but genuine sonic adventurers who can segue Stereolab with obscure Coltrane outtakes. In addition to their fine selection of gourmet beers, you will love the hot sake.
Nook - 1500 Hyde St. (at Jackson St.), S.F., (415) 447-4100. Happy hour 5-7 p.m. daily. [Wine Bar / Cocktials / Pita Pizzas]
Oddjob - 1337 Mission St. (bet. 9th and 10th Sts.), S.F., (415) 555-1337. [Cocktails]
Olive - 743 Larkin St. (at O'Farrell St.), S.F., (415) 776-9814. [Wine, Cocktails, Martinis and Light Fare]
Parallel 37 - 600 Stockton St. (bet. Pine and California Sts. in Ritz-Carlton Hotel), S.F., (415) 773-6168. [Lounge, Bar, Restaurant: Contemporary American Cuisine]
Pause Wine Bar - 1666 Market St. (bet. Gough and Franklin Sts.), S.F., (415) 241-9463. [Wine Bar / Small Plates]
Place Pigalle - 520 Hayes St. (at Octavia St.), S.F., (415) 552-2671. [Bar] Serving up wine (lots of reasonably priced French noirs, with a few California labels thrown into the mix), microbrews, art, pool (a regulation-size table, with lots of maneuvering room around it) and DJs (European house and progressive the first Saturday of every month). The lounge has an underground, speakeasy feel -- its low lights and overstuffed sofas call to mind a waiting room in a Parisian brothel.
Press Club - 20 Yerba Buena Lane (bet. Market and Mission), S.F., (415) 744-5000. [Wine Tasting] An urban tasting room, features eight world-class wineries, each with their own dedicated wine bar, offering wine enthusiasts exclusive tasting and retail access to some of Northern California's most acclaimed vintners in an elegant, social urban venue.
Qi Ultra Lounge - 917 Folsom St. (bet. 5th St & Falmouth St), (415) 957-9005. [Lounge]
Red Devil Lounge - 1695 Polk St. (bet. Sacramento and Washington Sts.), (415) 921-1695 [Lounge]
Rickhouse - 246 Kearny St. (bet. Bush and Sutter Sts.); S.F., (415) 398-2827. [Bar]
Rickshaw Stop - 155 Fell St. (at Van Ness), S.F., (415) 861-2011 [Nightclub, Bar, Restaurant in Hayes Valley]
Rite Spote Cafe - 2099 Folsom St. (at 17th St.), S.F., (415) 552-6066. Cozy Mission dive with live performances, local art plus Italian-American food, a full bar and an excellent wine list. [Bar]
Ritz-Carlton Lobby Lounge - 600 Stockton (at California), S.F., (415) 296-7465. [Light Fare and Cocktails]. Breath-taking views of The Terrace Courtyard and San Francisco skyline. Jazz trio begins at dusk.
Royal Tug Yacht Club - 895 Bush St. (at Taylor St.), S.F., (415) 413-0200. [Nautically-themed Corner Bar]
Royale Exchange - 301 Sacramento St., S.F., (415) 956-1710. [English Pub]. Boasts 73 taps, specializing in 32 different beers.
Smuggler's Cove - 650 Gough Street (at McCallister St.), S.F., (415) 869-1900. Traditional drinks of the Caribbean islands; classic libations of Prohibition-era Havana; exotic cocktails from legendary Tiki bars. [Bar]
St. Vincent - 1270 Valencia St. (bet. 23rd and 24th Sts), S.F., (415) 285-1200. [California; Artisanal Wines and Craft Beers]
Tender - 854 Geary St. (bet. Hyde and Larkin Sts.), S.F., (415) 589-7879. [Local beer and wine on tap, with limited food, such as cheese and a charcuterie board]
Taps - 1516 Broadway (near Polk St.), S.F. [45 Beers on tap, lunch / dinner, Saturday / Sunday brunch, raw bar / full drink bar]
Terrior - 1116 Folsom street between 7th and 8th street, S.F., (415) 558 9946 . [Natural Wine Merchant and Bar]
Thirsty Bear - 661 Howard Str. (bet. 2nd and 3rd Streets; half a block east of Moscone Convention Center, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.), S.F. (415) 974-0905. [Brewing Company; Spanish Cuisine]
Union Larder - 1945 Hyde St. (bet. Union St. and Warner Place), S.F., (415) 272-7567. [Wine Bar; Small bites, oysters, salads, sammies, charcuterie, and cheeses]
Uva Enoteca - 568 Haight St. (at Steiner St.), S.F., (415) 829-2024. Happy hour 5-6:30 p.m. Sun.-Thu. [Wine Bar / Italian menu]
Varnish Fine Art & Wine Bar - 77 Natoma St. (near Second Street), S.F., (415) 222-6131. [Wine Bar / Art Gallery]. The wine bar sits on the main floor of the two-level gallery space, which features exposed brick walls, high ceilings and modern art aplenty. After you're done checking out the contemporary sculpture and mixed-media art, head for the steel-topped bar to drink and discuss. The international wine list features 17 varieties by the bottle and a dozen by the glass. California selections include wines from Joel Gott, Fife and Clos Pegase, and prices are geared toward starving artists (starting at $3 per glass and $12 per bottle).
Vesuvio - 255 Columbus St. (at Jack Kerouac Alley), S.F., (415) 362-3370. [Bar]
VinoRosso - 629 Cortland Ave., S.F., (415) 647-1268. [Wine Bar, mostly Italian list]
Zeitgeist - 199 Valencia St.(at Duboce Ave), S.F., (415) 255-7505. [Beer Selection, Bloody Mary, Dive Bar, Biker Bar, Outdoor Benches]
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