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Place Pigalle

Place Pigalle

This dive gives those in Hayes Valley who'd rather not drop rent on a bar tab a place to go. Locals love the pool table and the foosball table, and after looking around at the well-worn couches, one may wonder, "Wait, am I in a frat house?"
The Final Final

The Final Final

Its walls covered by 49ers and Giants memorabilia, the Final Final is a solid place to kick back and watch sports in the Marina, with a crowd of regulars, sports enthusiasts, and whoever else shows up to enjoy the pool table, dartboard, and free popcorn.


With nightly DJs playing good ol' rock 'n' roll, Delirium's small, black-walled back room is one of the city's coolest places when the DJs are firing on all cylinders. And with a motto like "service for the sick," we can dig it.

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  • Ha-Ra


    875 Geary San Francisco, CA 94109
    415-673-3148 A classic Tenderloin dive in every way, with a notoriously grumpy bartender serving cheap drinks with no pretensions (but probably a little sass). Black-and-white photos featuring the tough pugilists of yesteryear also stare down from the walls, keeping you company as you shoot some pool in an environment perfect for the film-noir recreation of your choosing. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • Hard Rock Cafe

    Hard Rock Cafe

    Pier 39 San Francisco, CA 94133
    415-433-7625 At the Hard Rock Cafe, the emphasis is on big: big cocktails, big plates of American food, and big gold guitars welcoming you into the stalwart of bar/restaurant chains. Like its other locations, San Francisco's Hard Rock has a fascinating array of rock memorabilia on the walls, like a gold dress worn by Beyoncé and dozens of autographed photos. Fun, familiar, and friendly, it's a convenient pit stop on Pier 39, but if you're hitting the bar, be prepared for lots of families until well after the dinner rush. The fully stocked bar offers ample seating, and the menu offers food and drinks at ample prices: for instance, an enormous sugary Mai Tai will set you back $11 and a hamburger almost $15. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • Harlot


    46 Minna San Francisco, CA 94105
    415-777-1077 Tucked into an alley near the Transbay Terminal, Harlot showcases a decor motif that is perhaps best described as "post-industrial chateau," i.e., Louis XIV seating and chandeliers mixed with exposed brick walls and steely iron girders. Mid-week events occasionally skew towards the indie/hip demographic, while weekends are strictly B&T. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • Harrington

    Harrington's Bar & Grill

    245 Front San Francisco, CA 94111
    415-392-7595 Harrington's Bar & Grill is the Financial District's iconic Irish pub dating back to the mid-1930s (if only these walls could talk!). Harrington's has the quintessential Irish pub traits - bartenders with thick Irish accents, Guinness on tap, TVs in every corner, a variety of Irish whiskeys - but its grill also satisfies the white-collar patrons' needs for lowbrow bar food such as fries, calamari, chicken tenders, and burgers. Expect crowds around happy hour (3-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday), when there are discounts on pitchers of beer, bottles of wine, and snacks. Also be aware of minimums: $10 per card, $5 per table. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • Harrington

    Harrington's Pub

    460 Larkin San Francisco, CA 94102

    One doesn't have to look hard to see Harrington's age: the dust on the bar's bottom-shelf bottles says it all. If the walls and bottles of this Tenderloin pub could talk, they'd likely tell the tale of its many single, older gentlemen who frequent the bar stools. As every Irish pub should, Harrington's has Guinness on tap (as well as Stella), plus dozens of low-brow spirits, e.g., Absolut is considered a top-shelf vodka. Animal lovers can rejoice since they have a friendly black Lab whose doggie bed is under the giant catfish aquarium. Late night drinkers, however, should be prepared to be forced out early, as Harrington's closes promptly at midnight. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • Harry Denton

    Harry Denton's Starlight Room

    450 Powell San Francisco, CA 94102
    415-395-8595 The gorgeous view of the city atop the Sir Francis Drake Hotel is almost worth the dress code and $10 drinks; cover bands play funk, soul, and Motown classics on weekends, and a DJ spins most weeknights. A favorite among tourists and S.F.'s old-money crowd. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • Harry

    Harry's on Fillmore

    2020 Fillmore San Francisco, CA 94118
    415-921-1000 Harry Denton's posh Fillmore Street bar features occasional live DJs. The elegantly decorated bar draws a large crowd of young professionals. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • Harvey


    500 Castro San Francisco, CA 94114
    415-431-4278 Friendly Castro District cafe, bar, and restaurant named after a certain Mr. Milk. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • Hawaii West

    Hawaii West

    729 Vallejo San Francisco, CA 94133

    Hawaii West is a totally casual, vaguely Pacific-themed neighborhood bar that's neither too divey nor too fancy - like Goldilocks' ideal porridge, it's just right. Whether you're there to enjoy the late-night happy hour prices, shoot some stick on the pool table, or choose some songs on the internet jukebox, this non-trendy joint might be just what you need if you're fleeing the bridge-and-tunnel North Beach crowds down the street. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • Heart and Dagger Saloon

    Heart and Dagger Saloon

    504 Lake Park Oakland, CA 94610
    510-444-7300 With a slogan of "good spirits for bad people," the Heart and Dagger promotes itself as an edgy rock 'n' roll clubhouse near the shores of Lake Merritt. Though perhaps not as wild as it likes to pretend, inside you'll find tattooed punks tending bar while self-styled rebels shoot pool, play kicking tunes on the juke, or drink Pabst tallboys on the totally sweet back patio. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • The Hearth

    4701 Geary Blvd. San Francisco, CA 94118-2908

    This convivial corner bar in the Richmond is one of a rapidly fading type, i.e., the basic neighborhood hangout. The Hearth doesn't have a contrived theme, absurd cocktail inventions, or upscale pretensions -- but it does have a pool table and all the liquor you'd possibly need for a friendly weekend session with the locals. A sign behind the bar sums it up well: "No Whiners, No Web Site, Just Booze." Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • Heaven

    Heaven's Dog

    1148 Mission San Francisco, CA 94103
    415-863-6008 From Charlie Phan of Slanted Door and Out the Door fame comes this chic place, featuring several spaces (a fabulous long bar, a tucked-away dining room, a more casual room with counter seating overlooking the open kitchen) in which to enjoy modern Chinese comfort food, as well as wittily named and conceived cocktails. We preferred the appetizers to the main courses and noodle dishes. In addition to the intriguing cocktails (we liked the frothy, honeyed Bumblebee), there's a well-chosen wine and beer list. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • Heck's Bar Supplies

    333 Laurel St San Carlos, CA 94070-2311

  • Heinold

    Heinold's First and Last Chance Saloon

    56 Jack London Square Oakland, CA 94607
    510-839-6761 Barely larger than a shack, the First and Last Chance Saloon squeezes a warehouse's worth of history into its tiny square form. Jack London used to drink here - as the many signs, plaques, and other knick-knacks attest - and the walls and ceiling are crammed full of antique Western memorabilia. Merely breathing Heinold's dark, dusty air evokes this bar's 19th Century origins, even if gleaming new high-rise buildings sit mere feet outside the windows. If you can find a spare seat, order a cocktail from the nattily-dressed bartender and return immediately to your table before setting your drink down - because the bar itself slants at a dangerous angle, thanks to the 1906 earthquake's mighty seismic shift. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • Hemlock Tavern

    Hemlock Tavern

    1131 Polk San Francisco, CA 94109
    415-923-0923 By showcasing some of the world's best underground indie-rock bands, this microvenue has quickly become one of the city's best. A crowded, clamorous bar up front - decorated with kitschy thrift-shop art, vintage beer paraphernalia, and some choice retro lamps - hides an intimate music room in back. There's also a terrarium-like smoking section off to one side, so you can get your nic fix without having to abandon your cocktail. The great (and free) jukebox selections, plus weekly punk DJs, fill out the hours when bands aren't playing. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • Hi Dive

    Hi Dive

    Pier 28 1/2 San Francisco, CA 94105
    415-977-0170 If you stand outside the Hi Dive on a foggy night, when the mist slithers in from all sides and the Bay Bridge looms like a steel leviathan over this old waterfront hooch-house, you'd be forgiven for imagining it as a felons' hangout from a vintage film noir. But step inside and you won't find fugitives, grifters, or bindlestiffs, just white-collar workers, residents from the new condos nearby, and the occasional tourist seeking sustenance after an Embarcadero stroll. The interior decor is modern with a casual California flair (e.g., earth tone walls, ecru lampshades), while the food menu edges toward the posher side of traditional bar grub (e.g., gourmet burgers, grilled sandwiches, fried appetizers). On warm afternoons, a patio provides nice outdoor seating along Pier 28, looking up at the bridge overhead; during inclement weather, the long string of rear windows offers a similarly striking view from indoors. That vista will always feel cinematic - even if you're not a gumshoe going undercover in a criminals' lair. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • Hi Tops

    2247 Market St. San Francisco, CA 94114
    415-551-2500 In any other city, a gay sports bar might seem like a contradiction in terms – but here in the heart of the Castro District, Hi Tops fits right alongside the gyms and fitness shops that cater to the buff local boys. A kitchen serving fancified versions of classic sports bar grub is also open until 10 p.m. if you want a grilled cheese to go with your ballgame. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • Hi-Lo Club

    1423 Polk St. San Francisco, CA 94109
    415-885-4788 You could walk right past the Hi-Lo and not even know it -- the exterior not only looks like an old storefront, it IS an old storefront. Despite the wall of windows, however, this Polk Street destination keeps the lights low, creating an air of semi-mystery that makes its abraded walls and antique lamps feel like something out of a Jeunet & Caro movie. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • The Hideout

    The Hideout

    3121 16th St. San Francisco, CA 94110

  • HiFi

    2125 Lombard San Francisco, CA 94123
    415-345-8663 This unassuming nightspot on traffic-filled Lombard Street is home to some down-and-dirty house and hip-hop dance parties. Prepare to fight your way to the bar on Friday or Saturday night. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • High Tide

    High Tide

    600 Geary San Francisco, CA 94102

    They say a rising tide lifts all boats - and the cost of living in this particular neighborhood has certainly been on the rise in recent years - but in spite of its name, the High Tide has paradoxically decided to keep its profile low while the rest of the area goes upscale. The High Tide remains an ultra-casual lowbrow destination, defined by kitschy fake-brick walls, '60s vintage lamps, and a no-frills pool room. This is a place for basic beers and well drinks like your grandparents used to drink, not infused organic liquors and others flavors of the month. Of course, it may eventually end up emulating its trendier neighbors (e.g., Ambassador, Bourbon & Branch, Jones, Rye, Swig, et al) - but for now the High Tide seems content with kicking it old-school. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • Hog and Rocks

    Hog and Rocks

    3431 19th St. San Francisco, CA 94110
    415-550-8627 Hog and Rocks is a neighborhood bar designed by two guys (Maverick's Scott Youkilis and Tres Agaves' Eric Rubin) who love to eat. It keeps its alcoholic ambitions modest - a working stiff's bar if your collar is white - and the prices on much of its menu moderate. Order a patty melt to soak up a couple of glasses of craft beer, and your meal won't cost much more than $20. Start with a Manhattan and half a dozen oysters and move on to lamb belly and pickled sardines, and you're out $40 a head. While the noise level rivals that of a My Bloody Valentine concert, it's worth enduring for Youkilis' marvelous ham tasting plates, which include Kentucky country hams and Italian prosciutto. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • Hogan

    Hogan's Goat Tavern

    2289 3rd St. San Francisco, CA 94107
    415-252-7988 The latest drinkery in Dogpatch, the Goat took over the former Sea Star Inn and upgraded its interior to fit with the other new neighborhood developments. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • Hole in the Wall Saloon

    Hole in the Wall Saloon

    1369 Folsom San Francisco, CA 94103
    415-431-4695 This wildly friendly, eclectically decorated gay bar boasts DJs who spin just about everything, from classic rock to today's pop. Located right down the street from some of the city's trendiest fancypants danceclubs, the Hole in the Wall is practically the anti-SoMa destination - and all the better because of it. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • Holy Cow

    Holy Cow

    1535 Folsom San Francisco, CA 94103
    415-621-6087 It's always a party at the famous Holy Cow. Watch frat boys and bachelorette-party girls freak nasty on the dance floor as you sip half-price cocktails and groove to '80s music and R&B. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

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