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.
The retro luxuriousness of Bimbo's 365 Club's interior adds unexpected character to the venue. A wide variety of artists perform here, from local talent to major-label superstars on international tours. Past headliners have included the Detroit Cobras, the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, They Might Be Giants, Seu Jorge, Aimee Mann and the Flaming Lips. Weekly Wing nights fill the floor with Charleston-ing zoot-suiters, accentuating the original plush crimson curtains of Bimbo's 1931 opening.
Some of San Francisco's most talented live musicians and DJs pack in the people on 1015's four dance floors. When you first arrive, you can check your coat, buy a drink, and groove to some top-40. Downstairs there's another bar with another DJ spinning tunes. Upstairs is the VIP lounge, with alternative music, velvet sofas, and people lounging about, engaged in esoteric conversations. But the big room is where you will find the night's headlining act. An expansive venue for sure, the club's promoters use every ounce of the club's space to showcase a wide range of musical genres everything from house and techno to hip-hop and trap, and everything in-between.
Comal attracts young and stylish patrons who come to enjoy the tangy Mexican food, cocktails and vibrant atmosphere. The restaurant interiors are stylish with a wood-decked ceiling, walls and flooring. It also boasts a magnificent patio and garden for al fresco dining and offers a separate room for family gatherings. The focus is on recipes from the coastal region of Oaxaca, a Mexican state, and liquors derived from agave such as Mezcal, Tequila, Bacanora and Sotol. Typical menu items include fresh picked Dungeness crab, chicken-chile verde soup and constantly changing quesadillas. Try cocktails such as the Jack Satan with hibiscus extracts, and flights like Valle de Tequila Lowland Flight and Mezcal de Alipus Flight, which combine various Mexican liquors.
The Hotsy Totsy Club may be the oldest running bar in Albany, but don't get the idea that this place is in any way passé. On the contrary, they offer some of the most inventive and high quality cocktails you'll find in the Bay Area. With walls covered in quirky art and vintage videos, Hotsy Totsy isn't as pretentious as it may appear. The atmosphere is friendly and relaxed, with unique weekly and monthly events catering to their low-key East Bay crowd. On Tuesdays they serve free bowls of homemade stew, and on Thursdays through Sundays a taco truck sells delicious and inexpensive food in the parking lot.
Bender's is a Mission District legend. Firebombed into oblivion in 2006, its valiant founders rallied the troops, and with a cavalcade of community support, reopened just a year and half later, bigger and better than ever. Some choice burnt-to-a-crisp fire wreckage are kept around as "trophies" of the place's victory over tragedy, you will love watching it. Comfy booths surround the pool table and the grill, which is operated by the folks at Weird Fish.
With an ambiance that hovers between the classiness of an upscale bar and the comfort of a cozy dive, the Golden Bull, in its new avatar, is a fine place to enjoy a drink and some great music. The elongated space is dominated by a bar bedecked in dark wood, and backed by a wall of glistening bottles. A pool table and jukebox offer entertainment, while the bar tenders will delight you with their charm and wit. Live band performances, drink specials and friendly faces are some of the other treats to be had here. While you are likely to want to stay on your feet and groove along to the jukebox's tunes, limited seating is available along the wall and at the bar.
SomaR is a trendy bar and lounge located in Uptown Oakland. SomaR serves up all kinds of specialty cocktails, using fresh ingredients like mint, cucumber and basil. In addition to all the tasty beverages, SomaR is a very popular venue for all kinds of private parties, and weekends the DJ attracts everyone to the dance floor. SomaR is a great option for a night out in Oakland if you feel like classing it up a little.
An upscale cocktail bar that surely knows how to impress their guests. From the outside, you'll find this as a small bar. However, when you enter, you'll find a swanky bar on the other side with a lot of high bar stools and comfortable chairs. The lighting, decor and the fusion music perfectly uplifts your mood. This bar specializes in-house created cocktails ranging from classy to adventurous that are made to perfection. The cocktails have names that are inspired from various hotels. Make sure you try their signature cocktail called Staycation and the Balcony sunrise.
A fancy sports bar located in the Old Oakland neighborhood, Fort Green is perfect to catch a late-game with friends over drinks and great food. Featuring a full cocktail bar, this friendly neighborhood sports bar serves classic cocktails and a range of craft, bottled and draught beers. The food menu includes snacks such as spiced peanuts, fried potato bread, tater tots and cheesy tater tots, and mains including pepper sausage, salad plates, classic American cheeseburger, fried chicken and fish sandwich.