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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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  • Ace


    998 Sutter San Francisco, CA 94109
    415-673-0644 Noo Yawk comes to Nob Hill at this Big Apple-themed bar that's like an East Coaster's idea of the ultimate bachelor den: playing card- and pinup-inspired artwork on the walls, muscular rawk on the juke, and plenty of TVs for watching the sports action. Root against the Giants, Yankees, Knicks, etc., at your own peril. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • Aux Delices

    Aux Delices

    2327 Polk San Francisco, CA 94109
    415-928-4977 Great Vietnamese food isn't in short supply in this city, but great Vietnamese delivery sure is. Aux Delices is a delightful spot located on a cute stretch of Polk Street in Russian Hill. It's one of the few places on this side of town where you can get a traditional Vietnamese crepe, and it cooks up a mean bowl of pho. House specialties include the slightly greasy, yet oh-so good garlic noodles, and fresh, tangy green papaya salad with shrimp. Delivery is speedy, though there's a minimum charge. But the place itself has a nice atmosphere, should you choose to dine in. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • Bacchus Kirk

    Bacchus Kirk

    925 Bush San Francisco, CA 94109
    415-474-4056 In Roman times, Bacchus was the god of wine. In Scottish, Kirk means church. And in Nob Hill, Bacchus Kirk is the church of booze. Bathed in dim red lights from the wooded ceilings to the brick walls to the red felt pool table, this is more of a neighborhood bar than a destination for revelers. Friendly bartenders give prompt service, making you feel as if you're the only one there. However, restaurant industry sorts file in 'round midnight. If being family owned and operated doesn't give you the warm fuzzies, the fireplace will. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • Black Sheep

    2032 Polk San Francisco, CA 94109

  • Blur


    1121 Polk San Francisco, CA 94109
    415-567-1918 Options on Polk in the Tenderloin are plentiful, so how to choose where to start? Try two-for-one on all drinks during happy hour (4-6 p.m.). This comfy, chill space presents your choices of liquid therapy on a crafty back-bar that looks like the work of an over-caffeinated carpenter. Among the built-in nooks are a few infusion jars which might hold tequila + strawberry or perhaps vodka + cucumbers. Blur makes good use of a small room - made all the smaller when the joint is hopping - that feels removed from the crowd shuffling from Hemlock Tavern toward Napoli Pizza, with some Polk Street transvestites thrown in for good measure. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • The Buccaneer

    The Buccaneer

    2155 Polk San Francisco, CA 94109

  • Buena Vista Cafe

    Buena Vista Cafe

    2765 Hyde San Francisco, CA 94109
    415-474-5044 The Buena Vista Cafe claims to have introduced the Irish coffee to America in 1952 - and its signature drink is certainly a tasty mix of whiskey, cream, and caffeinated brew - but perhaps this venerable bar and restaurant's greatest asset is its longevity. Generations have come and gone, yet even after 95 years of continuous service, the Buena Vists sits mostly unchanged at the end of the Hyde Street cable car run. Its casually classy environs, complete with lots of old, dark wood and white-collar bartenders, exude nostalgia like a warm hearthstone. The food menu offers breakfast all day and sticks to traditional American comfort grub: burgers, sandwiches, steaks, etc. Expect some price inflation due to the touristy locale (Fisherman's Wharf), but hey, a little history is usually worth it. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • Bullitt


    2209 Polk San Francisco, CA 94109
    415-268-0140 Living up to its name, Bullit is about as sleek as, well, a bullet. It's a small modern bar with interesting touches, like glowing filament lamps on the bar. The lights are kept low and leather barstools and booths are copious and cozy. It can be hard to navigate once a crowd fills the narrow space. The bartenders are unobtrusive, but willing to answer any questions you have while they serve cocktails like Blackberry Caipirinhas and Blood and Sands. You can choose from a standard selection of beers and cocktails as well as Maker's Mark and Fernet on tap. If you're feeling brave, order the bartender's choice and have him pick your poison. Drink prices are steep ($9-$11) and they don't offer happy hour specials, so reserve this spot for a big night out. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • California Club

    1750 Clay San Francisco, CA 94109
    415-474-3516 Despite its name, the semiprivate California Club is best known as a host venue for events from a variety of international cultural groups from places such as Iceland and Poland, making it a space where almost any type of music, from classical to folk, might be played and enjoyed. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • The Cinch

    The Cinch

    1723 Polk San Francisco, CA 94109
    415-776-4162 The phrase "cool fucking dive bar" gets thrown around a lot these days, but this place is a cool fucking dive bar - especially in comparison to the trendy Russian Hill lounges up the street - while the unselfconsciously unhip gay crowd begs you to pinch its adorable, if somewhat aged, cheeks. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • Cresta

    Cresta's Twenty Two Eleven Club

    2211 Polk San Francisco, CA 94109

    Give or take your family's own particular idiosyncracies, Cresta's is the kinda place your Mom might open if she decided to start a bar: It's clean, welcoming, and none too wild. Cresta's usually leaves the loud music, leering pickup attempts, and loutish behavior of drunken younguns to the other bars on Polk, opting instead to present itself as a nice, friendly place in which to sit with a quiet cocktail and chat with your neighbors. It's a small space - just enough room for a narrow string of stools, plus a handsome antique back bar - which only serves to make it even cozier. Mom would approve. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • Divas


    1081 Post San Francisco, CA 94109
    415-474-3482 If you're transgender — or just wanna hang out with some — this place is the epicenter of TV/TS activity along Polk Gulch. DJs and dance performances add distraction from the parade of gender-fucking regulars at, around, and sometimes on top of the bar. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • Encore Karaoke Lounge

    Encore Karaoke Lounge

    1550 California San Francisco, CA 94109
    415-775-0442 Polk Street pub crawling got you down? Veer off a half-block off Polk and head up to this second-floor karaoke zone, whose decor feels like a cross between an old-school mafia den and new-school Asian lounge. Boisterous birthday groups and shy amateurs alike share the microphone spotlight at Encore, where the low ceilings and somewhat retro style can let you pretend you're the 1970s lounge singer you always secretly yearned to be. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • Fly Bar and Restaurant

    Fly Bar and Restaurant

    1085 Sutter San Francisco, CA 94109
    415-441-4232 Formerly known as Brick, this Tendernob food and drink venue recently changed its name to Fly Bar and Restaurant in order to be more like its sibling location on Divisadero. The menu includes finger-food appetizers, personal pizzas, and sandwiches. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • The Gangway

    The Gangway

    841 Larkin San Francisco, CA 94109

    A wooden mockup of the Titanic's prow juts out of the front of this Tenderloin dive bar, where a faded rainbow flag lets you know gays are welcome (while the Bud Light neon in the window lets you know it ain't a fancypants kinda place). Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • Greens Sports Bar

    Greens Sports Bar

    2239 Polk San Francisco, CA 94109

    The walls in this Russian Hill drinking den are so packed with framed sports memorabilia that every inch is cluttered with an old Giants photo, a poster of Joe Montana, a nostalgic magazine collage, and other evidence of long-cherished San Francisco fandom. Got a Will Clark rookie card you want to squeeze into the mix? Good luck finding enough free space. When the game is on, locals (and sometimes a few stray tourists) crowd in to watch one of the multitude of flat-screen TVs hanging throughout the bar. There's also an elevated rear section with extra seating and a pool table -- but watch your step if you're easily distracted by the televised sports action, or you'll take a nasty spill down the stairs. 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 >>

  • Hyde-Out


    1068 Hyde San Francisco, CA 94109

    A friendly little neighborhood den, the Hyde-Out is a hangout for locals who want a place to sit back and sip some casual beers. Large corner windows provide plenty of natural light -- sometimes almost too much when the western sun comes beaming in -- while a small upstairs mezzanine area provides a place to have a private conversation if the downstairs bar gets too noisy. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • Kozy Kar

    Kozy Kar

    1548 Polk San Francisco, CA 94109
    415-346-5699 With private seating areas built to look like totally rad 1970s vans, lacquered floors made from eight-track tapes and retro Playboy centerfolds, and some vintage pinball machines and antique video game consoles, this time-machine-with-a-liquor-license throws you back to the era when Farrah Fawcett and The Six Million Dollar Man were the hottest items around. Here you can order a can of Schlitz or PBR - ironically or not, it's up to you - under lamps that resemble custom-styled steering wheels, while TV screens show video loops of old car commercials and your ears are treated to the finest K-Tel music collections money can buy. You can even pretend you're talking to a trucker on a CB radio mounted into a shag-carpeted dashboard. Is the Kozy Kar straight-up krazy for '70s kitsch? That's a big 10-4, good buddy! Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • Le Colonial

    Le Colonial

    20 Cosmo San Francisco, CA 94109
    415-931-3600 Recalling Vietnam during the time of French colonization, the upscale Le Colonial restaurant features a gorgeous, palm tree-lined interior. It's slowly but steadily attracting special events such as the Lotus party (every Saturday night). Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • Lush Lounge

    Lush Lounge

    1221 Polk San Francisco, CA 94109
    415-771-2022 After moving out of its small, den-like location down the block, the Lush Lounge opened an airy new Polk Street home that's both more open and more inviting, with a decorating scheme that feels like they bought an entire Cost Plus World Market outlet and scattered the goods across every surface. Large front windows let in plenty of light (and make for great people-watching opportunities), while an upstairs balcony provides spillover seating when the downstairs gets crowded. Daily happy hour deals (including all day Sunday and Monday) help keep prices down on a respectable variety of beers and liquors. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • Olive


    743 Larkin San Francisco, CA 94109
    415-776-9814 This high-brow bar/lounge is unlike the typical dives that populate the Tenderloin. Its snacking options include ceviche calamari, whitefish-guacamole tacos, gorgonzola-stuffed tempura olives, and half a dozen thin-crusted pizzas (opt for the wild mushroom-truffle oil). It also features a wide variety of house and specialty cocktails, including a classic margarita and a chocolate hazelnut martini. There's a small wine list (both by the bottle and glass), as well as decent draft selections (e.g., Fat Tire, Stella, Sierra Nevada). Regulars really swoon for Olive's 5-7 p.m. weekday happy hour, when they can buy house cocktails for $5 and pizzas for $8. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • Owl Tree

    Owl Tree

    601 Post San Francisco, CA 94109
    415-359-1600 If you remember the Owl Tree as a kitschy little bar run by an eccentric, owl-obsessed owner, prepare yourself for a surprise: after a long family battle, new management has changed this old downtown drinkery into a flashy, upscale cocktail lounge that retains the name but almost nothing else of its previous personality. Is it us, or does the bird in that mosaic seem a little pissed off? Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • The Pub at Ghirardelli Square

    The Pub at Ghirardelli Square

    851 Beach San Francisco, CA 94109
    415-351-0500 Dark wood and deep reds set the visual tone inside this touristy-but-classy bar and restaurant in Ghirardelli Square - although you may never notice, since the views of San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park across the street may occupy your eyeballs more than the interior decor. The menu features hearty American food with a distinct New Orleans flair (e.g., spicy jambalaya, Cajun-style fish and chips, Southern fried chicken), while a full bar and solid selection of draft microbrews offer liquid refreshment. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • Red Devil Lounge

    Red Devil Lounge

    1695 Polk San Francisco, CA 94109
    415-921-1695 A variety of independent rock bands perform in this intimate, sassy space clad in comfy booths and intricate iron chandeliers. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

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