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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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  • Savoy Tivoli

    Savoy Tivoli

    1434 Grant San Francisco, CA 94133
    415-362-7023

    Opened the year after the 1906 earthquake, the Savoy Tivoli has seen a lot of changing faces over the past century -- and if you spend enough time in this old bohemian bar, you may well see some changing faces yourself. In the late afternoons and evenings, the Savoy Tivoli is a mellow, airy place in which to sip a cocktail while listening to classic bebop on the stereo and enjoying the artsy retro decor (e.g., colorful glass lanterns, sculptural lamps, jazz collages). As night falls, however, the music switches to contemporary pop as the crowd swells with young partiers looking to quaff pints, shoot pool, or maybe even dance under the disco ball that hangs in the small back room. Of course, the North Beach party crowd probably doesn't appreciate the bar's historical relevance -- but the Savoy Tivoli will likely outlive them anyway. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • Score Bar & Lounge

    490 Broadway San Francisco, CA 94133
    415-992-2790

  • Sip Bar & Lounge

    Sip Bar & Lounge

    787 Broadway San Francisco, CA 94133
    415-699-6545

    http://www.siploungesf.com Where the class and sophistication of Nob Hill, the lower-east-side grittiness of Chinatown, and the vibrance of North Beach intersect. SIP BAR & LOUNGE is a classic, urban cocktail lounge and weekend nightclub offering an array of spirits, beer, wine, visual and musical entertainment with an unpretentious and welcoming feel. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • Specs Twelve Adler Museum Cafe

    Specs Twelve Adler Museum Cafe

    12 William Saroyan Place San Francisco, CA 94133-4400
    415-421-4112

    Less trafficked by tourists than Vesuvio's across the street - but just as cluttered - Specs' bar does indeed feel like a museum, with years of collected trinkets and tchotchkes covering every surface. If the mood strikes, sometimes bohemian old-timers will quietly prop themselves at the piano and plunk out a few instrumental tunes to add subliminal music to the constant hum of conversation. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • Summer Place Cocktail Lounge

    Summer Place Cocktail Lounge

    801 Bush St. San Francisco, CA 94108-3312
    415-441-2252

    In somewhat paradoxical twist, the Summer Place is not the sun-dappled waterfront party palace you might expect from the name, but a low-lit cocktail hideaway in the city's urban center. The atmosphere is casual and clean, with a subtly retro vibe (e.g., castered seats with tuck-and-roll upholstery) that recalls the 1970s. A fireplace, some vintage lamps, and strings of colored Christmas lights provide most of the illumination, while a digital jukebox provides a soundtrack that varies as the crowd changes with the hours of the day. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • Sweetie

    Sweetie's

    475 Francisco San Francisco, CA 94133
    415-433-2343

  • Tony Nik

    Tony Nik's Cafe

    1534 Stockton San Francisco, CA 94133
    415-693-0990

    http://www.tonyniks.com With a design sense that takes some cues from Mad Men's Don Draper (minus the smoking) and combines it with a little Swingers-era Vince Vaughn (minus the smarm), Tony Nik's retro style makes it a bachelor pad nonpareil. But your lady is also welcome, of course - especially if she likes a sweet, frosty cocktail (e.g., a Hemingway daiquiri) to go alongside your manly straight shot of liquor. The decor here is mostly mid-century modern, with undulating benches in the rear and textured tile walls up front, though the Cocktail Nation theme is more subtle than you might expect. Don't plan to get a seat on weekends, though: Tony Nik's small size doesn't leave you a lot of leeway when it gets crowded. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • Top of the Mark

    Top of the Mark

    One Nob Hill, 999 California San Francisco, CA 94108
    415-616-6916

    http://www.intercontinentalmarkhopkins.com This famed martini bar offers high-class wallpaper music on the weekends, including lounge piano, easy listening, classical, and some jazz combos. The best stuff comes late on Friday and Saturday nights, when the drinks pour with a heavy hand and the jazz bands blow with a little more gusto. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • Tope

    Tope

    1326 Grant San Francisco, CA 94133
    415-793-2120

    http://www.topesf.com The space that previously housed Royale has been totally renovated and is now an upscale cocktail lounge. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • Tosca Cafe

    Tosca Cafe

    242 Columbus San Francisco, CA 94133
    415-391-1244

    http://www.toscacafesf.com Dusky lighting, crimson leather seats, and a 45 RPM jukebox straight outta Frank Sinatra's dreams make Tosca a classic North Beach experience in every way. This bar treats traditional cocktails with deep respect, so if you want to experience fine drinking in a truly vintage environment, this is the place. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • The Tunnel Top

    The Tunnel Top

    601 Bush San Francisco, CA 94108
    415-722-6620

    http://www.tunneltop.com Its DJs have a penchant for spinning globe-trotting hip-hop that explores everything from South American grooves to Afro-Cuban anthems. The cozy upstairs balcony is where most of the dancing happens, while drinkers downstairs enjoy silent movies projected on the wall and a rough-cut Euro atmosphere. Bookish barflies should also slink over to adjacent Burritt Alley and note a plaque indicating the spot where hardboiled detective Sam Spade's partner was shot in The Maltese Falcon. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • Tupelo

    Tupelo

    1337 Green San Francisco, CA 94133
    415-981-9177

    http://www.tupelosf.com The old Mojito space has reimagined itself in Tupelo, a casually classy restaurant and bar with a menu featuring soul food, burgers, grits-augmented combo plates, and other Southern food staples. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • University Club

    800 Powell St. San Francisco, CA 94108-2006
    415-781-0900

    http://www.univclub.com

  • Vessel

    Vessel

    85 Campton San Francisco, CA 94108
    415-433-8585

    http://www.vesselsf.com As you cross the velvet ropes and make your way inside, the rosewater aromatherapy sets the luxurious tone. If the atmosphere doesn't take you away, the drinks certainly will. Have the bartender whip up a champagne cocktail with St. German and a splash of gin for starters. Follow with their blueberry "lemonade" for something mellow and sweet or a mango cocktail for tartness. Vessel also doubles as an art gallery, hosting solo shows for emerging and established artists. Each show has an opening reception with a DJ, happy hour drink specials, free Mission Minis Cupcakes, and free entry. And when it's not acting as a gallery, Vessel serves up DJ nights such as "Base" on Thursdays, which pumps house music for the club's high-end clientele. One warning for the more timid patrons: the bathroom is a unisex situation. But it is kept and tidy, and after a few of those cocktails, you might shed some inhibitions. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

  • Vesuvio Cafe

    Vesuvio Cafe

    255 Columbus San Francisco, CA 94133
    415-362-3370

    http://www.vesuvio.com You won't find too many poets holding forth at this legendary Beat Generation hangout - it's mostly just tourists nowadays - but Vesuvio still has artsy charm, history, and charisma in spades. The walls are packed with old paintings and pictures, there are plenty of angular nooks in which to sit, and there's nary a whiff of modern slickness anywhere. Stay in the downstairs bar area if you desire crowded bustle and action, but head upstairs to the balcony if you prefer conversation and/or want to read that paperback you just bought at City Lights bookstore next door. The ghosts of Kerouac, Ginsberg, Micheline, and the rest of the Beats will smile down from on high while you sip and socialize. Even if no one delivers poetic orations here anymore, the Beats' indomitable artistic spirit still lives within Vesuvio's walls. Read more about this San Francisco bar or club >>

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