Zeitgeist is a popular bar in the Mission. They make a mean drink here, and you will fit in easily with the crowd, just don't let the profusion of leather and Harleys intimidate you. You do not have to be a biker to feel at home. An outdoor patio with barbecue and live music are all part of the experience. Best of all, you can wake up in the morning and start all over again with one of their famous Bloody Mary's.
This historic bar is full of stories, character, and charm. Once a place Jack London himself would frequent to drink and write, the story is that the famous author borrowed his college entrance fee from the bar's proprietor. The small bar still features a slanted wooden floor and charred walls leftover from the great San Francisco earthquake of 1906, which took its toll elsewhere in the Bay Area, too. Its name derives from the old days when it was the only bar at the Port of Oakland. Each day as laborers would take the ferry to San Francisco and back again, this was the first and last chance for the working man to grab a drink. The bar serves only beverages and distributes literature on its history.
If music is your passion, make sure that you check out The New Parish. This concert hall and events space has achieved fame with the performances of the great music groups like Sarah Guthrie and Johnny Irion and The Stone Foxes. The place boasts of fantastic sound and stage technology that has made this venue a favorite of the event organizers and performers alike.
A world renowned name in the culinary industry, Chez Panisse is known for their innovations in tastes and flavors.Started by Alice Walkers in 1971, it was named after the movie character Honore Panisse. Prepared with fresh, local produce, the restaurant is a spectacular specimen of fine dining. The menu changes daily and is curated keeping the seasonality of ingredients. Through the week, delicacies like Striped bass carpaccio with cardoons and Titone olio nuovo and Huckleberry and Meyer lemon ice creams meringata are served, to name a few. The wine list is extensive, featuring dozens of wines from across the world. With contributions like California style pizza to the ever changing culinary world, the Chez Panisse is no less than a legend.
Rustic and romantic, Freehouse is a haunt for the beer lover in you. The interior of this beer garden is made to look like a cozy living room; it is furnished with intimate seating spaces and the fireplace keeps patrons warm on colder evenings. Yellow lights and timber-clad walls give this place an old-school look. The outdoor seating in the spacious courtyard lets larger groups dine under the bright California sun. At Freehouse, the menu is ever changing but classics like Beer Poached Mussels, the house salad and Chicken Pot Pie never go out of style. Limited but potent cocktails are on offer along with beers sourced from eminent breweries.
Brought to you by the same people who opened Absinthe Brasserie & Bar, Comstock Saloon is a lively establishment that maintains a Barbary Coast ambiance while serving up some delicious contemporary American food. Complete with a 20-foot mahogany bar, the cocktails here are legendary, as are the live music performances. Dishes have included the rustic yet decadent concoctions like Beef Shank and Bone Marrow Pot Pie and Ricotta Gnocchi. If you want a place to simply unwind, an evening at Comstock Saloon won't disappoint.
Verso is San Francisco's hottest music venues hosting weekly club events featuring some of world's best live performers and DJs. This vibrant warehouse hotspot opens up to an airy and spacious dance floor surrounded by a 20-foot long white marble bar, enabling guests and visitors to conveniently order drinks cocktails while enjoying live electronic acts and world-class DJs. Verso also functions as an event space that can accommodate more than 400 guests. The event space offers high ceilings, brick walls and reflective floors staying true to Verso's industrial vibe.
Located in Hayes Valley, Biergarten is a popular outdoor watering hole. Sister to the German restaurant, Suppenküche, this traditional beer garden features sleek wooden picnic tables, mood lighting strung between the trees and fence, and a corrugated metal bar serving liter sized mugs of German beer. The cuisine is typical Bavarian, with bratwurst, a cabbage, carrots and beet salad and the ever popular soft pretzel with sauerkraut gracing the menu. Be sure to dress warm if you plan to come in the evening, the garden does not have heating lamps and San Francisco nights are notoriously foggy and cold.
Have you ever been to a place where the food tastes as good as it is presented ?, then fear not cause 160 Bar and Kitchen is a place where you need to head. The dinner menu consists of dishes like Mulligatawny Soup, Crispy Okra and Lamb with pork meatballs. Complement your meals with beverages like beer and wine. Taste their traditional dessert options like curd and treacle with banana or Ceylon Tea semifreddo with almond streusel. Guests are usually dazzled by the artistic presentation of the dishes.
Anina is a lively neighborhood cocktail bar in Hayes Valley. The décor is colorful and vibrant with bright pastel colors, tropical murals as well as paintings adorning the walls. The picnic table-style seating and outdoor patio area add to the friendly and welcoming ambiance. The exotic cocktails and craft beers on offer are the USP of this bar. The bar is pet-friendly and open till the late hours of the night throughout the week.
Oasis can safely be dubbed as the House of Drag Shows, what with the stunning line-up of drag artists putting together shows imbued with ultimate entertainment. A jewel of San Francisco's scintillating nightlife, this gay-friendly nightclub features exquisite performances by artists, local and guest drag stars and amazing DJs. Having garnered laurels like the Best Gay Nightclub by the Bay Guardian and Best New Nightclub of 2015 by S.F. Weekly, Oasis has been increasingly emerging as a storehouse of spirits, quality music and extremely admired drag talent. With an offering of a dazzling space blended with a thriving performing scene, this place is truly an oasis of art, entertainment, culture and a dashing range of cocktails.
Located on Mission Street, The Crafty Fox Ale House is an exciting spot to swig some cold beer and relax with friends. This friendly space has a beer garden feel, with wooden picnic tables and overhead twinkling lights. As for the beer collection, Crafty Fox has 36 taps of ever-rotating brews, and feature some local beers such as Almanac and Lagunitas. There is also a menu of bar bites and small plates to munch on, as well as more unconventional dishes like the Octopus Shawarma and Bacon Cheddar Popcorn.