Best View-With-a-Drink - 2004
Located on a pleasant Potrero Hill dining and shopping street, Bloom's boasts a distinctive vintage glass-brick facade, but cute as that is, it doesn't suggest the wonders revealed behind it. We're not talking about the neighborhood camaraderie, the noteworthy beer selection, the heated atmosphere during a Giants or 49ers game. We're talking about what lies beneath: all of San Francisco, exposed in a sweeping, glorious, utterly irresistible panorama. It's the kind of thrilling surprise that you can use to impress visitors ("See what we've got, for the price of a drink!"). The view is visible at all times through massive plate-glass windows, but it's especially seductive on nice days, when you can sit outdoors with a fine libation, maybe a Bloody Mary, and contemplate the universe. Or on rainy ones, when you can sit inside with a fine libation, maybe a hot buttered rum, and contemplate the universe.