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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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  • 1772 Market Street

    1772 Market St. San Francisco, CA 94102
    415-371-9705

    https://www.facebook.com/1760MarketStreet The rebranded 1772 Market Street takes what used to be known as Rebel — including its vintage motorcycle theme and decor — and changes it into something that's less a regular bar and more an occasional social club, rentable for parties, club nights, and more. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • 21 Club

    21 Club

    98 Turk St. San Francisco, CA 94102-2808
    415-771-9655

    The 21 Club is one of the last remaining bastions of Tenderloin dive bar living. This small liquor den -- located at the untouristy intersection of Turk and Taylor -- serves stiff drinks and frothy beers to a diverse crowd of both grizzled old-timers and bohemian youth. The walls are crammed with dusty mementos and non-ironic kitsch that complement a jukebox laden with musical memories from decades gone by. Although the overhead TV is usually tuned to sports or the prime-time movie du jour, sometimes the most intense drama happens right outside the 21 Club's front door -- here in the heart of the Tenderloin, life itself is a round-the-clock tragicomedy. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • 800 Larkin

    800 Larkin

    800 Larkin San Francisco, CA 94109
    415-567-9326

    http://www.800larkin.com 800 Larkin is a Tenderloin lounge trying hard not to be a dive bar. It has a pool table, good selection of spirits and draft beers, internet jukebox, TV streaming various sports, chatty female bartenders, and enough plush leather seating to host a small gathering. It also lacks a bouncer or a cover charge, which tend to be good things (unless some woman roars in off the street and tries to jack your bus fare, that is). All in all, 800 Larkin does its job well, giving you a clean, semi-classy cave in which to sip your drink of choice in the TL. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • Amsterdam Cafe

    Amsterdam Cafe

    937 Geary San Francisco, CA 94109
    415-409-1111

    http://www.amsterdamcafesf.com It may not be flashy, glitzy, moody, nor glamorous, but the point is to offer a respite from what the other watering holes in the 'Loin offer in spades. Amsterdam Café actually serves coffee and teas in addition to beer, wine, and Soju drinks. As if the tap selection weren't sufficient, the two chillers offer an exotic array of ales (the bar boasts that it pours 170 beers from around the country and the world). The wine selection doesn't match its beer brethren, but grape fiends won't leave thirsty. Between the art gallery walls, chill music, cozy seating, free WiFi, and again - that bottle list - there are myriad reasons to come here, kick back, and stay a while. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • Aunt Charlie

    Aunt Charlie's Lounge

    133 Turk San Francisco, CA 94102
    415-441-2922

    http://www.auntcharlieslounge.com Boys, girls - what's the diff? Guys become gals as part of Aunt Charlie's "Hot Boxxx Girls" lip-sync show every Friday and Saturday night. During the day, this place is a Tenderloin dive bar - albeit one more gay than the neighbors - while nighttime events attract both old drag queens and ghetto-fab young hipsters. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • Bacchus Wine and Sake Bar

    1954 Hyde St. San Francisco, CA 94109-2039
    415-928-2633

    http://www.bacchussf.com

  • The Barrel Room

    620 Post San Francisco, CA 94109

    http://www.barrelroomsf.com

  • Biergarten

    424 Octavia St. San Francisco, CA 94102

    http://www.biergartensf.com Okay, so it's not much of a garden -- more like a repurposed parking lot. But this outdoor drinking spot in the heart of Hayes Valley adopts some of the same German spirit as its "big sister restaurant" Suppenkuche, pouring extra-large drafts of dark European beer to crowds who sit at long communal tables and soak up the sun. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • Big

    761 Post St. San Francisco, CA 94102

    http://www.big-san-francisco.com

  • Bitters, Bock & Rye

    1122 Post St. San Francisco, CA 94109

  • Bourbon & Branch

    Bourbon & Branch

    501 Jones San Francisco, CA 94102
    415-673-1921

    http://www.bourbonandbranch.com Bourbon & Branch conjures the feel of a Prohibition-era speakeasy. It's located in an inconspicuous, windowless building beneath a decoy sign reading "Anti-Saloon League." Ringing the buzzer and knowing the password (as of this writing, it's "books") will lead you to the library. A reservation and a "secret" password assigned at the time of your reservation will lead you to a bi-level space overlooking the bar when it gets crowded. It's easy to get overwhelmed by its 40-page menu, which features champagne cocktails, absinthe elixirs (Death in the Afternoon, for example), and Oaxacan Old Fashions. In the background, saloon fiddle, sleepy jazz, or dolorous blues play from softly from the sound system. There are a few house rules one must follow: be patient, don't lurk, no cell phones, no cameras, and exit quietly. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • The Brown Jug

    496 Eddy St. San Francisco, CA 94109-8110
    415-441-8404

    The Brown Jug is O.G. Tenderloin at its unfancy finest. Walk in here and order a top-shelf cocktail and you'll probably get a few looks of disapproval, while the decor is even older than some of the locals -- and, quite frankly, we wouldn't have it any other way. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • Cantina

    Cantina

    580 Sutter San Francisco, CA 94102
    415-398-0195

    http://www.cantinasf.com Cantina has mastered the art of fresh Latin cocktails - available here by both the glass and the pitcher. Bartenders muddle drinks made with their house-grown citrus (supposedly the trees are in Santa Clara) while Union Square/Nob Hillers get rowdy. Signature drinks include the Five-Spice Margarita and Blackberry Cabernet Caipirinha, and wine and beer aficionados also have plenty of choices, including many local and South American options such as Cusqueña, Negra Modelo, Moylan's, Speakeasy, Bear Republic, and more. If it's jammed up front at the bar, retreat to the back or downstairs where there's a lot more lounge space. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • The Cellar

    The Cellar

    685 Sutter San Francisco, CA 94102
    415-441-5678

    http://www.cellarsf.com This subterranean space looks like a dive bar, but acts like a club. The Cellar gets jam-packed with young, party-happy crowds on weekends as its club alter ego takes over (complete with bottle service, dress codes, and a cover). Flashback Fridays, when the DJ spins '80s hip-hop and dance tunes, are a Cellar-dweller favorite - a party worth the $5 cover. There are many creative happy hour specials on weeknights, and on Wednesdays happy hour lasts until 2 a.m. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • Chambers Eat + Drink

    601 Eddy San Francisco, CA 94102
    415-829-2316

    http://www.chambers-sf.com Chambers is the latest sleek poolside lounge and restaurant built into the hip retro surroundings of the Phoenix Hotel. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • Clift Hotel, Redwood Room

    495 Geary San Francisco, CA 94102
    415-929-2372

    http://www.clifthotel.com/clift_hotel_redwood_room.asp Say what you will about the newly remodeled Redwood Room (named for the walls made from redwood trees), it's still one of the most striking places to grab an overpriced martini. From the whimsical Ian Schrager redesign to the perfectly awesome and minimalist bathrooms done by Philippe Starck, this is a fascinating place, popular with the upper-crust beautiful people trying to be seen or photographed for Paper City. The DJ sounds, though, are more background music than dance floor fodder. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • Crazy Horse Gentlemen

    Crazy Horse Gentlemen's Club

    980 Market San Francisco, CA 94102
    415-771-6259

    http://www.crazyhorse-sf.com

  • Edinburgh Castle

    Edinburgh Castle

    950 Geary San Francisco, CA 94109
    415-885-4074

    http://www.castlenews.com Although the fire marshal has put the kibosh on live bands (for now, at least), indie DJs still spin many nights at this dark, crowded, multi-tiered Scottish pub. If you're into hip retro Britpop or Mod soul - and love some fish 'n' chips with your stout - this is a good place to start your night. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • Emperor Norton's Boozeland

    510 Larkin St. San Francisco, CA 94102

    http://www.facebook.com/EmperorNortonsBoozeland The former Deco nightclub space has been taken over by the folks from Bender's and turned into a black-walled (though currently undecorated) watering hole with the old Art Deco bar up front and a game room in back. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • Eno

    320 Geary St. San Francisco, CA 94102
    415-678-5321

    http://www.enowinerooms.com

  • Et al.

    2255 Polk St. San Francisco, CA 94109
    415-655-3155

    http://www.etalsf.com A mini-size wine salon in Russian Hill with a distinctly Continental feel. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • Farmerbrown

    Farmerbrown

    25 Mason San Francisco, CA 94102
    415-409-FARM

    http://www.farmerbrownsf.com Casually elegant Tenderloin venue serves up cajun and creole nouvelle soul cuisine: fried catfish, candied yams, and other classics prepared with locally raised organic ingredients and a lighter new-millennium touch. The Farmerbrown menu might feature lighter-than-air angel biscuits, crisply fried chicken with Tillamook-draped mac 'n' cheese, and spicy, crunchy shrimp on a bed of stone-ground grits. Striking hammered-metal-and-timber setting. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • Fuel SF

    1108 Market San Francisco, CA 94102
    510-816-0420

    http://www.fuelsf.com The former Etiquette nightclub space is now Fuel, which touts itself as a "cabaret VIP lounge" with live burlesque dancers during DJ performances. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • Geary Club

    Geary Club

    768 Geary San Francisco, CA 94109
    415-441-9336

    The Geary Club isn't a secret hideaway for an exclusive few people-in-the-know, but you might start to believe that on your first expedition to find the place - because this tiny, unmarked dive has no sign to alert you to its location. It's almost literally a hole in the wall. Once inside, however, old winos and young hipsters alike sidle up to grab one of the dozen barstools while cigarette smoke fills the air, a fake tiger stares down from the wall, and the CD jukebox spins hits from days gone by. Lillian, the sassy veteran behind the counter, will pour you a basic shot o' liquor or crack the seal on a cold beer bottle. Don't try to order anything complicated. The Geary Club is a place for people who like their drinks three ways: cheap, strong, and often. If that's you, consider yourself an honorary member already. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • Great American Music Hall

    Great American Music Hall

    859 O'Farrell San Francisco, CA 94109
    415-885-0750

    http://www.slimspresents.com An exquisite mid-size room with grandiose antique ornamentation, a large stage, and an atmosphere of ornate historical luxury. Perched between the Tenderloin, Civic Center, and Polk Gulch neighborhoods, this hall first opened in 1907 and has been everything from a bordello to a jazz club to its current incarnation as one of the city's best places to see both old musical favorites and rising young stars. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

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