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Aliment: Taking its name from an ancient word for nourishment, this new restaurant serves upper-crust comfort food including hanger steak, fried chicken with charred escarole slaw, and fried Brussels sprouts with fish sauce. 786 Bush.
Dogpatch Saloon: The 100-year-old-bar has just finished going through a complete remodel, which incorporates salvaged pieces from the area and a new fireplace. The new menu has cocktails like Headphones in Beirut, made with kalamata-infused Amaro Montenegro and toasted fennel pollen, as well as 10 beers on tap. Live music is in the pipeline. 2496 Third St., 643-8592, DogpatchSaloon.com.
Golden Gate Tap Room: Obviously there's beer involved – more than 100 available in total – but this second-floor Union Square spot also has shuffleboard, foosball, pool tables, skeeball, arcade games, and 20 TVs, as well as savory snacks including wings and pulled pork tacos. 525 Sutter, 677-9999. GGTaproom.com.
Iron & Steam: Located inside the Hi-Lo Club cocktail lounge on Nob Hill, this pop-up espresso stand is serving caffeinated drinks made with San Jose-based Chromatic Coffee beans. The shots are pulled from a restored Gaggia lever machine from 1954. 1423 Polk.
Sparrow Bar and Kitchen: Now open in the Haight, this new pub features 14 local beers on tap and a menu that offers items like steaks and small plates like brie and bacon-grilled cheese sandwiches served with fig jam. Diners and drinkers can sit on the ground floor, the upper floor balcony or even the outdoor patio. 1640 Haight, 622-6137, SparrowBarAndKitchen.com.
Wise Sons Deli: The second outpost of the hip Mission deli is now open at the Contemporary Jewish Museum. Eat in the minimalist cafe, or take matzo ball soup and a hot corned beef, pastrami, or brisket sandwich back to the office or to a picnic at Yerba Buena park across the street. 736 Mission, 655-7887, WiseSonsDeli.com.
Ziryab: The Divisadero Middle Eastern restaurant and former hookah lounge is now reopened after a major renovation that installed a new, fully stocked bar, and relocated the kitchen. Also new is the bar manager and cocktail lineup, which will feature drinks with ingredients like fig-garlic puree, grated cinnamon, and arak. 528 Divisadero, 522-0800, ZiryabGrill.com.