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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.
Delirium

Delirium

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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  • McTeague

    McTeague's Saloon

    1237 Polk San Francisco, CA 94109
    415-776-1237

    http://www.mcteagues.com Located down the block from Frank Norris Street, this Polk Gulch saloon is named for the protagonist of Norris' novel McTeague, a Victorian-era tale about a doomed San Francisco dentist - hence the decorative gold tooth hanging outside the door. That literary reference, however, is probably lost on the jocks who crowd into McTeague's on weekends to watch sports on the many flat-screen TVs. The bar interior is an admittedly confusing blend of Old West taproom (horse murals, wagon wheels) and Irish pub (dark wood timbers, fake stone walls, "football" team colors), but you can always slip into one of the high-backed booths, quaff some of the European ales and American microbrews on tap, and admire the paintings of the bar's patron saints: Charles Bukowski, Kurt Cobain, Richard Pryor, Joe Strummer, et al. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • Medlock Ames Tasting Room & Alexander Valley Bar

    3487 Alexander Valley Rd Healdsburg, CA 95448
    707-431-8845

    http://www.medlockames.com

  • Mercer

    255 Rhode Island San Francisco, CA 94103
    415-938-7173

    http://www.mercer-sf.com

  • Merchant

    Merchant's Saloon

    401 Second Oakland, CA 94607
    510-465-8032

    http://www.merchants-saloon.com Condos and loft conversions may be popping up all over Jack London Square, but you wouldn't know it upon walking into Merchant's Saloon. This intentionally unkempt dive bar's motto is "poisoning Oakland since 1916," and here you're more likely to encounter off-duty dock laborers, warehouse forklift operators, or scruffy skate punks than clean-cut new neighbors discussing yoga and wine. Lowbrow art murals and tattoo-inspired black light paintings set the visual aesthetic. A jukebox adds background noise, shuffling between hard rock and vintage country. And the separate back room looks and feels like a clubhouse for scalawags, with pool, foosball, and air hockey tables taking up much of the space, while retro arcade games and a beat-up antique piano - evoking the 1980s and 1880s, respectively - line the graffiti-scrawled walls. Clearly the Merchant's Saloon isn't meant for everybody. Its ideal clientele is one that likes stiff drinks, not stiff collars, and they'll let you know instantly where you stand. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • Space 1582 (The Mercury Lounge)

    Space 1582 (The Mercury Lounge)

    1582 Folsom San Francisco, CA 94103
    415-551-1582

    http://www.mercurysf.com The Mercury Lounge is closed as a full-time restaurant, but still hosts occasional events and pop-up eateries in its SOMA space. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • Mezzanine

    Mezzanine

    444 Jessie San Francisco, CA 94103
    415-625-8880

    http://www.mezzaninesf.com A top-flight club on a dark city sidestreet, Mezzanine has elements of both red-velvet slickness and brick-wall industrial chic, although the dance floor's loud enough and packed enough that you may not notice. Every week brings a fresh new music lineup, with talent ranging from electro hipsters and European house DJs to hip-hop MCs and indie rock bands, all playing through a sound system loud enough to shake the floor. If dancing isn't your thing, you can always go upstairs to the more chilled-out lounge or head out back for a cig break in the fenced-in smoking section. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • Miami Beach Club

    417 S. 1st St. San Jose, CA 95113-2816
    408-242-9621

    http://www.yourmiamibeachclub.com

  • Midnight Sun

    Midnight Sun

    4067 18th St. San Francisco, CA 94114
    415-861-4186

    http://www.midnightsunsf.com After 35-plus years in business, this video bar is a mainstay of the Castro gay scene. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • Mighty

    Mighty

    119 Utah San Francisco, CA 94103
    415-762-0151

    http://www.mighty119.com This warehousey (but stylish) location on the edge of Potrero Hill hosts many mid- to high-profile DJ events, from house music love-ups to multi-crew hip-hop throwdowns and even the occasional roller disco. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • Mikkeller Bar

    34 Mason St. San Francisco, CA 94102
    415-984-0279

    http://www.mikkellerbar.com

  • Milk Bar

    Milk Bar

    1840 Haight San Francisco, CA 94117
    415-387-6455

    http://www.milksf.com Located across the street from Amoeba Records - making it nice and convenient for music fans of all stripes - Milk has reimagined itself as the Upper Haight's primary venue for live rock, with frequent shows featuring some the best local indie bands. The front room glows with the creamy white walls one might expect from the club's name, while the rear stage area dims the atmosphere considerably with black walls and minimalist lighting. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • Mini Bar

    Mini Bar

    837 Divisadero St. San Francisco, CA 94117-1505
    415-525-3565

    http://www.myspace.com/minibarsf

  • The Mint Karaoke Lounge

    The Mint Karaoke Lounge

    1942 Market San Francisco, CA 94102
    415-626-4726

    http://www.themint.net Top-notch singers - amateur and, it's suspected, otherwise - flex their intimidating karaoke skills here, but the lounge's dim lighting and cozy feel when packed (which is often) are sufficiently comforting to the rest of us, too. This is not the place for awkward first-timers, tin-eared mewlers, or your "funny" version of those old Journey anthems, however: The Mint takes its karaoke quite seriously. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • The Mint

    490 Broadway San Francisco, CA 94133
    650-307-7001

    http://www.themintsf.com Not to be confused with the karaoke club (or the banking institution that survived the Great Quake of '06), The Mint on Broadway is a new spot that calls itself a sports bar but is actually fancier than that. Instead of plastic beer flags and neon signage, The Mint's interior is a study in subtle brown and gold, with minimal decor and square geometries. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • Miraloma Club

    Miraloma Club

    749 Portola San Francisco, CA 94127
    415-681-2471

    If you're in Twin Peaks or West Portal, likely you've heard of the Miraloma Club. Not because it's fancy or hip, but because it simply exists in a part of town where drinking options are rare. This comfy dive bar has been the neighborhood watering hole for years and it shows. The red vinyl bar stools are worn, as is the matching wall-to-wall carpeting. Rowdy girls share the bar with elderly gentlemen and a cheerful bartender mostly pours wells or pints of Rolling Rock, Bud, or Anchor Steam. Pizza from the Round Table next door gets shared amongst friends while the Internet jukebox plays Top 40 and various TVs show everything from ESPN to the Food Network. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • Mission Bar

    Mission Bar

    2695 Mission San Francisco, CA 94110
    415-647-2300

    "Bar-Bar," as the locals call it, is both neighborhood dive bar and destination hip spot. But don't expect to see sawdust on the floor. Large, supper club-style semi-circle booths and wide, comfortable barstools give this joint class. Most regulars seem to prefer their beer served in the can, although there's a healthy selection of drafts available on tap and the well drinks are often stiff. Remember to pump a few tunes through the eclectic jukebox (Pixies, Aerosmith, and Hank Williams in just a few flips!) and shoot a few rounds of pool in the back. Come back often enough and the bartender might start calling you by name. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • Mission Hill Saloon

    Mission Hill Saloon

    491 Potrero San Francisco, CA 94110
    415-551-7988

    First it was Sadie's Flying Elephant. Then it was Mission Hill Saloon. Then it was the Unresolved Love Life of Evelyn Lee (whatever the hell that meant). Now it's apparently Mission Hill Saloon again — though the old Sadie's Flying Elephant sign has somehow also reappeared. But whatever. This taproom otherwise remains much the same as it always was, i.e., a convivial neighborhood watering hole where conversation is easy and the drinks come served without attitude. We still don't know where "Mission Hill" is located, but fortunately its saloon is friendly enough, whatever it may be called today, tomorrow, or the day after. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • Missouri Lounge

    Missouri Lounge

    2600 San Pablo Berkeley, CA 94702
    510-548-2080

    http://www.themissourilounge.com A chill bar with large outdoor patio, pool table, retro decor, tasty food, hip-hop & rock DJs, and other amenities for the discerning Berkeley hipster. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • Mitchell Brothers O'Farrell Theatre

    895 O'Farrell San Francisco, CA 94109
    415-776-6686

    http://www.ofarrell.com Famous topless dance club with more history than your usual nudie bar: Marilyn Chambers' trendsetting porno film Behind the Green Door was hatched here, legendary gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson was once an employee (known as "The Night Manager"), and celebrities have been known to drop in for a quick peep. Thompson himself called it "the Carnegie Hall of public sex in America." Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • MKT Restaurant – Bar

    757 Market St. San Francisco, CA 94103
    415-633-3000

    Located within the Four Seasons Hotel between Third St. and Fourth St. in downtown San Francisco. Their focus is on high-quality, local cocktails, of which all of the ingredients for the signature cocktails were sourced from within 100 miles of San Francisco. They also serve small plates and steaks. The place is intended for groups, with punch served in vintage bowl sets and small plates for sharing. Great for a night out or stop after work with friends. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • Moby Dick

    Moby Dick

    4049 18th St. San Francisco, CA 94114
    415-861-1199

    http://www.mobydicksf.com For lack of a more creative word, this place is fun. At this video bar, the VJs screen the homo favorites (Britney, Beyonce, etc.), but also throw in some rarities and lesser-known alternavideos, too, to the delight of patrons. Pinball machines and a pool table in the back also invite you to have a good time. Even when its seams are bursting on the weekends, Moby Dick's still manages to be the least annoying bar in the Castro that the locals (both young and old) seem to love. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • Molotov

    Molotov's

    582 Haight San Francisco, CA 94117
    415-558-8019

    Punk and thrash on the jukebox. Bartenders with bullet belts and spiky hair. Cheap liquor. If this weren't San Francisco, Molotov's would be a divey, possibly frightening hangout for nihilistic drunk punks - but as it is, this surprisingly bright and clean Lower Haight bar welcomes drinkers of all types. There are soft benches along one wall and pinball machines along the other, plus a pool table in the rear. With Suicidal Tendencies and Black Flag setting the scene on the speakers, life can be good - even if the bands may be singing about how much it sucks. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • Monarch

    Monarch

    101 Sixth St. San Francisco, CA 94103
    415-284-9774

    http://www.monarchsf.com The people behind the Om Records music label, Black Pancakes vinyl emporium, and other local culture outlets have taken over this two-level nightclub located along the Sixth Street corridor just south of Market. Expect a lot of house music to fill the vaguely steampunky space, decorated like a fancy, retro-futuristic Victorian parlor where brass horns sprout cephalopod chandeliers and pipes are bent into privacy screens. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • The Monk

    The Monk's Kettle

    3141 16th St. San Francisco, CA 94103
    415-865-9523

    http://www.monkskettle.com Very few things justify a three-hour wait, but that's the average Sunday night at Monk's Kettle, which gives you a sense of the place's popularity. Yes, this Mission ale-haven is crowded, but not so loud that you can't have a decent conversation without shouting. The menu is heavy reading with descriptions of more than 100 beers in the bottle, 24 on tap, and rare vintage beers in the cellar. Even not-so-rare domestic beers go by a clever moniker: when ordering Grandpa's Suds, do not be surprised to receive Olympia in a can. Chef Kevin Kroger crafts comforting California-style cuisine using whatever's in season. The menu changes often, but you can always find Jude's vegan chili, a soft pretzel with an ale-infused cheese sauce, and a hearty grass-fed beefburger. Be sure to try the recommended beers paired with each edible item. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • Monroe

    Monroe

    473 Broadway San Francisco, CA 94133
    415-772-9002

    http://www.monroesf.com A new upscale bar in the former Dragon Bar location. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

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