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  • 1. Big 4 Bar

    Nob Hill | Bars/Pubs

    Dark-wood paneling and green leather banquettes lend a masculine feel to the bar at the Huntington Hotel, where the over-30 crowd orders single...Read More

  • 2. Bourbon & Branch

    Tenderloin | Bars/Pubs

    Although this spot reeks of Prohibition-era speakeasy cool, it's not exclusive: everyone is granted a password, though it's highly recommended...Read More

  • 3. Buena Vista Cafe

    Fisherman's Wharf | Bars/Pubs

    At the end of the Hyde Street cable-car line, the Buena Vista packs 'em in for its famous Irish coffee—which, according to owners, was the first...Read More

  • 4. City Beer Store

    SoMa | Bars/Pubs

    Called CBS by locals, this friendly tasting room meets liquor mart has a wine bar's sensibility. Perfect for both connoisseurs and the merely...Read More

  • 5. Cliff House

    Richmond | Bars/Pubs

    Sure, it's the site of many high-school prom dates, and you could argue that the food and drinks are overpriced, but this is our pick if you...Read More

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  • 6. El Rio

    Mission District | Bars/Pubs

    A dive bar in the best sense, El Rio has a calendar chock-full of events, from free bands and films to Salsa Sunday (seasonal), all of which...Read More

  • 7. Elixir

    Mission District | Bars/Pubs

    The cocktails are well crafted and affordable at the city's second-oldest saloon location—various watering holes have operated on this site...Read More

  • 8. Rickhouse

    Financial District | Bars/Pubs

    An after-work FiDi crowd fills this brick-walled and dimly lit, speakeasy-ish drinking spot, revered for its extensive whiskey menu and curated...Read More

  • 9. Smuggler's Cove

    Hayes Valley | Bars/Pubs

    With the decor of a pirate ship and a slew of rum-based cocktails, you half expect Captain Jack Sparrow to sidle up next to you at this offbeat...Read More

  • 10. The Pied Piper

    SoMa | Bars/Pubs

    The Palace Hotel's clubby, wood-paneled watering hole takes its name from the 1909 Maxfield Parrish mural The Pied Piper of Hamelin, which...Read More

  • 11. Toronado Pub

    Haight | Bars/Pubs

    You come to one of the city's most popular dive bars for one thing and one thing only: the reasonably priced beers, about four dozen of them...Read More

  • 12. Trick Dog

    Mission District | Bars/Pubs

    San Francisco's most talked about craft cocktail bar for several years running is still arguably the city's most innovative one: every drink...Read More

  • 13. Vesuvio

    North Beach | Bars/Pubs

    If you're hitting only one bar in North Beach, it should be this one. The low-ceilinged second floor of this raucous boho saloon hangout, little...Read More

  • 14. Yield

    Dogpatch | Wine Bars

    A stone's throw from the bay, the city's greenest wine bar serves up sustainable, organic, and biodynamic wines from around the world. Small...Read More

  • 15. Zeitgeist

    Mission District | Bars/Pubs

    It's a dive but one of the city's best beer bars—there are almost 50 on tap—and a great place to relax with a cold one or an ever-popular Bloody...Read More

  • 16. 111 Minna Gallery

    SoMa | Cafés

    It doesn't get more trendy, modern-day San Francisco than this gallery and coffee shop by day, bar and dance club by night in a warehouse space...Read More

  • 17. 15 Romolo

    North Beach | Bars/Pubs

    Easy to miss on an alley and overshadowed by neighboring adult-entertainment venues that are parallel along the Columbus strip, this craft cocktail...Read More

  • 18. 21st Amendment Brewery

    SoMa | Brewpubs/Beer Gardens

    Known for its range of beer types, this popular brewery has multiple taps going at all times. In the summer, the Hell or High Watermelon—a wheat...Read More

  • 19. Absinthe Brasserie & Bar

    Hayes Valley | Bars/Pubs

    The popular restaurant's nearly two dozen specialty cocktails—or even a plain old Manhattan—make a trip just to the bar worthwhile. The classic...Read More

  • 20. ABV

    Mission District | Bars/Pubs

    One of the city's top cocktail bars offers elevated small plates (the burger has a devoted following) late into the night to pair with the excellent...Read More

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