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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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  • Dalva


    3121 16th St. San Francisco, CA 94103
    415-252-7740 One long hallway of a bar, the low-lit Dalva boasts great sangria and DJs spinning various kinds of hip, cool music. If the tunes get too loud for conversation (which they often do), head to the not-so-secret back room (its "Hideout" status is even mentioned on the sign outside). Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • Dear Mom

    Dear Mom

    2700 16th St. San Francisco, CA 94103
    415-625-3362 The Mission District's trendier half extends itself eastward at Dear Mom, a newly hip hangout in the (now totally unrecognizable) old El Rincon location. There's a pool table and Pabst for those who dutifully maintain their downscale-twentysomething hipster profile, but it's the exposed wood and bare bulbs that give away the bar's fancier adult airs. Dear Mom, can we borrow some money? Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • Delirium Cocktails

    Delirium Cocktails

    3139 16th St. San Francisco, CA 94103

    A change of name and management has turned this grubby Mission District haunt into a slightly less grubby Mission District haunt, with nightly DJs playing good ol' rock 'n' roll. The small, black-walled back room can get pretty hot and sweaty when the DJs are firing on all cylinders. With a motto like "service for the sick," we can dig it. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • Dell'Uva

    3235 Mission St. San Francisco, CA 94110

  • Blind Cat (Formerly Dirty Thieves)

    Blind Cat (Formerly Dirty Thieves)

    3050 24th St. San Francisco, CA 94110

    When this bar was called Treat Street Cocktails, dusty taxidermied animals stared down from every nook and cranny - but now rechristened as Blind Cat (and formerly Dirty Thieves), the space is cleaner and brighter, with the decor featuring tattoo flash artwork rather than dead deer heads. The crowd is cleaner and brighter, too, sipping on a variety of macrobrews and whiskeys while chatting loudly around the crowded bar and in the semi-circular booths. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • Doc

    Doc's Clock

    2575 Mission San Francisco, CA 94110
    415-824-3627 It's cocktail time! So decrees the bright neon on the marquee above Doc's Clock - and who are we to disagree? This Mission Street stalwart with a long, hallway-like interior offers a late-running daily happy hour (including all day on Sundays), plus a shuffleboard table and a collection of board games that are almost as retro as the mid-century Americana decor. If you want to set the scene with some music, there's a well-stocked CD jukebox packed thick with fuzzy garage-rock, punk, and rockabilly, with some old-school soul and other groovy classics rounding out the sounds. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • Double Dutch

    Double Dutch

    3192 16th St. San Francisco, CA 94103
    415-503-1670 Call it "ersatz urban": with its '80s-era breakdancing photos, graffiti murals, and wall of retro boomboxes hovering behind the DJ booth, Double Dutch is old-school Bronx as re-imagined by Las Vegas. Fortunately it's cheaper than Vegas, with hip-hop, funk, and soul DJs spinning free music to the small dancefloor in the back. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • Dovre Club

    Dovre Club

    1498 Valencia San Francisco, CA 94110
    415-285-4169 If the Dovre Club is still bitter about being given the boot from its original home - and a sign protesting that mid-'90s eviction still hangs here in its new location - this Mission District den does a good job hiding it otherwise. Dovre v2.0 may not be quite as divey as it once was, of course, but it's a relaxed and unfrumpy hangout nonetheless, with puffy couches, a pool table, and Irish beer memorabilia sharing space under the acoustic tile ceiling. The twentysomethings who order low-cost shots and microbrews today weren't legally allowed to drink in the old Dovre anyway - so the only nostalgia you'll experience in this comfy corner joint is the sound of the Pixies and other college-rock classics on the jukebox. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem

    Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem

    2323 Mission San Francisco, CA 94110

    Ostensibly inspired by the glammy rock band from The Muppet Show, in reality Dr. Teeth is less about Jim Henson's puppet creations (i.e., there are no actual Muppets) than it is about recreating a late-'70s vibe via poofy wall decorations, disco mirrors, silvery mannequin torsos, and more. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • El Amigo Bar

    3355 Mission St. San Francisco, CA 94110

    If you've ever wished that an Italian pasta restaurant would have a Mexican margartia bar attached to it, then your wishes will come true at El Amigo, which is the de facto waiting room for Emmy's Spaghetti Shack. The drinks -- like the clientele -- range from cheap Mission hipness to heights of new Bernal fanciness, while occasional DJs spin retro obscurities in the background. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • El Rio

    El Rio

    3158 Mission San Francisco, CA 94110
    415-282-3325 With moderately priced (and heavily poured) drinks, a sprawling patio, and an intimate stage in a side room, this Mission District destination is a keystone of indie-hipster nightlife. DJs spin everything from country to funk, bands play everything from samba to punk, and the $1 Monday nights are the stuff of legend. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • El Valenciano

    El Valenciano

    1153 Valencia San Francisco, CA 94110

    As one may guess, the Mission has some slammin' salsa bars, and El Valenciano is one of 'em. This classic bar/dance club offers beginning salsa lessons every Wednesday from 9-10 p.m. and dancers show their stuff after class and on weekends, when the mostly over-50 Latin crowd shakes it to a mix of DJs and live bands. Things get hoppin' around 10:30 p.m., but until then expect a chill bar with a top-shelf tequila selection and friendly bartenders. They also usually feature a full food menu; however, the kitchen is currently being remodeled and expects to be finished in early 2011. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • Elbo Room

    Elbo Room

    647 Valencia San Francisco, CA 94110
    415-552-7788 The Elbo Room ain't the rock Valhalla it once was, but a bar and pinball machines downstairs and a music venue upstairs provide entertainment that varies between DJ nights and live bands ranging from hip-hop to punk to funk to samba. There's never a cover charge for the downstairs bar, whose crimson-candlelit booths are often jam-packed with attractive scenesters. The second-floor music room, meanwhile, attracts a crowd as varied as the events themselves: hippies, hipsters, goths, rockers, hip-hop heads, salsa dancers, old-school soul twisters - name any demographic, they've all been here at one time or another. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • Elixir Saloon

    Elixir Saloon

    3200 16th St. San Francisco, CA 94103
    415-552-1633 The Hunt-In Club. Swede's. Club Corona. There's allegedly been a bar at this address since the mid-1800s - with the current corner space in operation since just after the 1906 quake - and you can sense some of that history at Elixir. Ornamental antique lamps hang from the deep crimson ceiling, illuminating walls cluttered with framed artwork that reflects the saloon's past, while a vintage dark-wood bar back looks to be older than the age of many clientele combined. And speaking of clientele, Elixir's demographic and atmosphere can change with the hour: it's sunny and bright during the day, then shadowy and candlelit at night, and the crowd can be either raucous and loud or refined and quiet. Some come for the classy artisanal cocktails, served in a manner that made Elixir the city's first "certified green" bar. Others are content to pump money into the digital jukebox, which may play hardcore punk and classic jazz or Top 40 hip-hop and twanging country. If you're not into what's happening at the moment, come back another time. The bar'll still be here. It probably always will. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • Etcetera Wine Bar

    795 Valencia St. San Francisco, CA 94110
    415-926-5477 In addition to its globetrotting wine menu, Etcetera also specializes in "flammekueche," a unique type of French pizza. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • The Front Porch

    The Front Porch

    65 29th St. San Francisco, CA 94110
    415-695-7800 The dish at Bernal Heights' the Front Porch is called Miss Ollie's chicken, and blends Caribbean and Southern influences. The fowl is brined with citrus juices, then rubbed with an herb-and-spice mix (including habanero and parsley) and then a bath of soy-sparked beaten egg before the pieces are dipped in bread crumbs and fried, with a quick finish in the oven. Depending on the season and how the chef feels that day, sides might include black-eyed peas and collard greens flavored with pork belly. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • Gallery and Bar 4N5

    863 Mission St. San Francisco, CA 94103

  • Gestalt Haus

    Gestalt Haus

    3159 16th St. San Francisco, CA 94110
    415-655-9935 With an impressive beer selection of high-end imports and domestic craft brews as well as beers of the "blue collar" variety, the Mission District's Gestalt Haus caters to casual and serious beer drinkers alike. Gestalt has 20 beers on tap, including lagers, pilsners, porters, stouts, German wheat beers, and Belgian ales. It also has several kinds of steins from whence to swill, such as "das boot" reserved for Spaten, their Bavarian lager on tap. You can also find a variety of local flavors: Anchor as well as Downtown Brown, Racer 5, and the Lagunitas-brewed Sonoma Farmhouse Hop Stoopid. A casual place to lounge and booze, Gestalt's also the spot for a light nosh and nibble on sammies and brats. There are even meat-free Italian and Kielbasa sauages for vegetarians. The friendly bartenders will recommend which beers go best with your pork, chicken, or beef sausage. A comfortable spot with a jukebox, pool table, pinball, and arcade games. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • The Hideout

    The Hideout

    3121 16th St. San Francisco, CA 94110

  • 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 >>

  • The Homestead

    The Homestead

    2301 Folsom San Francisco, CA 94110
    415-282-4663 If you were a really lucky chap and the Victorian fates smiled upon your fortunes, the Homestead is what your living room would have looked like 100 years ago: brocaded wallpaper, pressed tin ceiling, paintings of en déshabillé ladies, a fireplace, and (of course) liquors and beers served from behind your very own bar. This historical watering hole is suffused with a golden glow - provided in equal measure by the old-fashioned lighting, warm-colored decor, and gentle aura of nostalgia - but it's too convivial and crowded to feel like a museum. Indeed, finding a seat in this popular Mission District establishment can be difficult. Its cozy charms are known throughout the neighborhood - which is a good indicator of why you should make the journey yourself. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • Iron & Gold

    Iron & Gold

    3187 Mission St. San Francisco, CA 94110
    415-824-1447 The old Argus Lounge space has been shuttered, de-cluttered, and reopened as Iron & Gold, a new cocktail lair with stripped-down decor featuring quasi-rustic lamps and reclaimed wood accents. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • Jamber

    858 Folsom St. San Francisco, CA 94107
    415-273-9192 What's a "wine pub," you ask? At Jamber, it means they serve all their vino on tap (i.e., no bottles), along with draft microbrews and upscale comfort grub including burgers, meatloaf, and mac 'n' cheese. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • Killing My Lobster

    2101 Folsom St. San Francisco, CA 94110-1319

  • Kilowatt


    3166 16th St. San Francisco, CA 94110
    415-861-2595 Browsing the old show flyers and photos on the wall of this Mission bar may make you nostalgic for the days when raucous garage bands played on the corner stage - nowadays the Kilowatt is just a regular suds joint, sans live music, but it's a pretty fun one nonetheless. Multiple pool tables, a jukebox stocked with loud old-school rawk, and good happy hour deals on beer make the Kilowatt a fine spot to waste some casual drinking hours on 16th Street. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

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