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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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  • 4Fourteen

    4Fourteen

    414 Mason San Francisco, CA 94102
    415-693-0777

    Not really a separate venue so much as a separate room behind the Ruby Skye balcony, this is a new event space where Ruby Skye's smoking lounge used to be: they walled up the exterior windows, ditched the pool table, tore up the carpet and added some danceable floor surfacing. Throw some DJ equipment on one end and a bar on the other et voila -- 4Fourteen. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • 50 Mason Social House

    50 Mason Social House

    50 Mason San Francisco, CA 94102
    415-433-5050

    http://www.50masonsocialhouse.com Located at the confluence of the Union Square, Tenderloin, and Mid-Market neighborhoods, the upscale 50 Mason Social House mostly shuns the latter two demographics in a bid to attract well-to-do travelers and moneyed downtown crowds. This former comedy club has reformulated itself as a fancy beer-and-wine establishment suffused with vintage-aristocrat ambience (e.g., dark leather furniture, chandeliers, a fireplace) that's notably at odds with the grimier outside surroundings. The beer list is similarly genteel, spotlighting small-batch microbrews with prices starting around $5 and going into double digits for some selections. At night, bands set up on the corner stage to play jazz, blues, roots rock, and more. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • Barbacco

    Barbacco

    230 California San Francisco, CA 94111
    415-955-1919

    http://www.barbaccosf.com Opened just two doors down from Perbacco on California Street, Umberto Gibin and Staffan Terje's spinoff wine bar and casual restaurant is all about the filigree that surrounds Perbacco's renowned Northern Italian food: the wine list, the housemade salumi, the scrupulously curated cheeses, and Terje's thing for pork. The long, low-ceilinged room, with its exposed brick and silvery accents, feels very Manhattan; so does the cramped, moneyed crowd. Dishes like chicken thighs braised with olives and garlic and bruschette topped with sardines and radishes are hearty enough to match the vivid acidity and eccentric aromas of the natural wines sommelier Mauro Cirilli packs his list with. Watch out for all those tiny plates and three-ounce pours the waiters upsell so smoothly - the micropayment plan adds up. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • Biscuits and Blues

    Biscuits and Blues

    401 Mason San Francisco, CA 94102
    415-292-2583

    http://www.biscuitsandblues.com This nationally renowned club in the heart of the theater district offers top-drawer electric blues for the business set seven nights a week. Its posh digs don't reference the seedy jook joints of the genre's history, but the food and drinks are reasonably priced and there isn't a bad seat in the house. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • Burritt Room

    Burritt Room

    417 Stockton St. San Francisco, CA 94108
    415-400-0555

    http://www.mystichotel.com First things first: the name of the bar/lounge/venue is the Burritt Room, which is located inside the Mystic Hotel. This boutique hotel is sleek and polished, but with enough antique design elements to bring it down to earth. The same aesthetic applies to the bar, which is located on the second floor. Chandeliers and candles give warmth to the deep wood floor, modern couches, and stark white piano. The bar is front and center with a jaw-dropping selection of spirits. Beer and wine are here, too, but very much an afterthought. You're here for a cocktail, and each libation comes with paragraph-long menu description that somehow neglects to reveal the price (the cocktails are all $10). Another notable feature: the Burritt Room is open every day at 5 p.m., so if you need a drink on Christmas, yep, it's open. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • Cable Car City Pub & Cafe

    One Hallidie Plaza San Francisco, CA 94102
    415-398-7600

    http://www.cablecarpub.com Not a "pub" in the cozy British sense of the word, the Cable Car is actually a large, boxy sports bar perched right above the Powell Street BART station and cable car turnaround. No doubt tourists who tire of waiting in line for their ride will find something to quench their thirst in here, as well as an American grub menu full of burgers, sandwiches, steaks, and other sports bar favorites. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • Cafe Claude

    Cafe Claude

    7 Claude San Francisco, CA 94108
    415-392-3505

    http://www.cafeclaude.com This tiny corner of Paris, tucked away in the downtown alley it's named for, is decorated with furnishings rescued from an old Paris cafe, including a curving zinc bar at which to enjoy your glass of red wine or kir royale. The bistro menu features French classics at lunch and dinner. Live jazz is on tap Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • Cafe Prague

    Cafe Prague

    424 Merchant San Francisco, CA 94111
    415-627-7464

    http://www.guavaworks.com San Francisco's only Czech eatery offers the rococo ambience of a capital "B" Bohemian café. Tucked up a Gold Rush-era alleyway, the cafe's sidewalk tables, beamed ceilings, Prague street signs, and cheesy Central European pop soundtrack create an apropos setting for goulash, dumplings, grilled sausages, and steak tartare. There are Czech beers on tap as well as spiced wine and some nice strudel. If you're not eating much, the overstuffed sofas, potted plants, and well-stocked bookshelf make this a relaxing place to hang out. Cash only. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • Clock Bar

    335 Powell San Francisco, CA 94102
    415-397-9222

    http://www.michaelmina.net/restaurants/locations/cbsf.php?restaurant_id=10 Located inside the Westin St. Francis Hotel, Clock Bar is restaurateur Michael Mina's mixology hotspot in the heart of Union Square. The setting may be vaguely retro-chic in a Mad Men sort of way - and a classic martini is always an option - but the cocktail menu includes plenty of contemporary choices for more trendy tipplers. The ingredients are all top-notch, of course, and the top-dollar prices similarly reflect Clock Bar's upmarket stature. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • Commonwealth Club

    Commonwealth Club

    595 Market San Francisco, CA 94105
    415-597-6700

    http://www.commonwealthclub.org

  • Gold Club

    Gold Club

    650 Howard San Francisco, CA 94105
    415-536-0300

    http://www.goldclubsf.com

  • Golden Gate Tap Room

    525 Sutter San Francisco, CA 94108
    415-677-9999

    http://www.ggtaproom.com

  • Harrington

    Harrington's Bar & Grill

    245 Front San Francisco, CA 94111
    415-392-7595

    http://www.harringtonsbarandgrill.com 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 >>

  • Harry Denton

    Harry Denton's Starlight Room

    450 Powell San Francisco, CA 94102
    415-395-8595

    http://www.harrydenton.com 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 >>

  • High Tide

    High Tide

    600 Geary San Francisco, CA 94102
    415-771-3145

    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 >>

  • House of Shields

    House of Shields

    39 New Montgomery San Francisco, CA 94105
    415-975-8651

    http://www.thehouseofshields.com "The House of Shields sold a while back," writes Hank Armstrong in the book Saloons of San Francisco. "The layers of nicotine that over the years blackened the walls are gone, the wood restored." That was published in 1982. Yet when new owners bought this venerable downtown bar in 2010, hands were wrung anew at the prospect that promised renovations would destroy its century-old character and whitewash its history. Fear not. The House of Shields remains as it always was: a dusky, dignified, dark-wood-paneled antique saloon where classic cocktails trump contemporary trends. The old blown-glass chandeliers have been repaired, the timeworn tile floors cleaned, and the bronze statues polished - not that you'd notice with the perennially low light levels - and the outside neon that once advertised live music now simply promises cocktails within. Everything else is much as it was when the House of Shields opened in 1908. Far from being reimagined, the "new" House of Shields has simply been refreshed. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • Infusion Lounge

    Infusion Lounge

    124 Ellis San Francisco, CA 94102
    415-421-8700

    http://www.infusionlounge.com A flashy new upscale lounge with multimillion-dollar Asian decor motifs, glowing glass columns, and even a hologram behind the bar. No, the hologram doesn't pour your drinks, silly. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • Irish Times

    Irish Times

    500 Sacramento San Francisco, CA 94111
    415-217-5060

    http://www.sfirishtimes.com

  • Jasper's Corner Tap and Kitchen

    401 Taylor San Francisco, CA 94102
    415-775-7979

    http://www.jasperscornertap.com The former Ponzu restaurant space has been reformulated as Jasper's, a Union Square gastropub serving "good and interesting pub food" (e.g., sliders, soups, fancy snacks), plus microbrews and cocktails. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • Jazz Bistro at Les Joulins

    Jazz Bistro at Les Joulins

    44 Ellis San Francisco, CA 94102
    415-397-5397

    http://www.jazzbistrosf.com Steak 'n' jazz are the highlights at this Union Square bistro, with nightly live performances by strong local talent exploring the spectrum of the genre, from straight-ahead sounds to bebop. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • John Colins

    John Colins

    138 Minna San Francisco, CA 94105
    415-512-7493

    http://www.johncolins.com Previously located at 90 Natoma, John Colins' new 138 Minna home is a simple but polished space with exposed brick walls and burnished wood accents. The bar gets crowded with white-collar workers from the Financial District in the late afternoon, who eventually cede their seats to a nightlife crowd seeking beats in the small dance area near the front. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • Johnny Foley

    Johnny Foley's Irish House

    243 O'Farrell St. San Francisco, CA 94102
    415-954-0777

    http://www.johnnyfoleys.com Music lovers cherish the intimate cellar underneath Johnny Foley's Irish Pub, where songsmiths like Ron Sexsmith, Josh Rouse, and Lisa Loeb have all performed. A venue so intimate that musicians must use the audience bathroom. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • Jones

    Jones

    620 Jones San Francisco, CA 94102
    415-614-9265

    http://www.620-jones.com Jones exists on the Union Square-Tenderloin border and rides that line well: it's a little rough; it's a little glamorous. The très urban-industrial-modern interior is distinguished by sleek recessed lighting, exposed pipes, rough concrete pillars, and mid-century landscaping. (Yes, it has landscaping —on an outdoor patio that feels like it's the size of a football field.) The most obvious feature of this club/lounge is its space: along with the huge patio, the interior is equally enormous, with two bars in two separate rooms, ample sitting space, and a separate dance floor. The drink prices are stiff ($10 for well drinks), but there's yet to be a cover — or an outdoor sign, for that matter. Look for a bouncer near the "Gaylord Suites" sign and you've found it. Be warned that Jones' hours are spotty (Fridays and Saturdays only) since it's only a few months old. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • Lefty O

    Lefty O'Doul's

    333 Geary San Francisco, CA 94102
    415-982-8900

    http://www.leftyodouls.biz Named for colorful San Francisco Seals baseball manager Francis "Lefty" O'Doul, this historical Union Square hofbrau and watering hole remains an unpretentious place to grab some hearty chow or guzzle some suds while catching a ballgame on TV. The authentic mid-century decor (heavy on nostalgic sports imagery) and counter-service food (heavy on salty meats) make O'Doul's a great spot for anyone who enjoys classic Americana and doesn't require fancy feasts or upscale new digs. In the evenings there's even a piano bar up front, in case you feel like indulging in some kitschy sing-alongs. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • Level III

    Level III

    500 Post San Francisco, CA 94102
    415-929-2087

    http://www.levelthreesf.com This is a lavishly decorated restaurant, with seating ranging from lounge-y sofas to semicircular booths. There's a separate bar area in the soaring atrium entry off the elevators, which is dominated by a huge sculpture of dancing women and a flickering gas fireplace. The multicultural, eclectic menu also tries to be all things for all people. The food ranges from passable to tasty, but service can be rushed, or excruciatingly slow and clueless. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

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