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.
Comfortable and chill, Amnesia is a great place to relax with a few drinks and your buddies. The bar offers a variety of micro-brewed beers along with a wide selection of wines, and live music (from bluegrass to gypsy jazz and even hip-hop) entertains patrons every night. An interestingly mixed Mission crowd can often be found here. The service is mellow and the mood is a sophisticated blend of hip and retro-cool.
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.
You don't have to travel to the Deep South to experience a culinary tradition that is rarely reproduced elsewhere. Perhaps for good reason. Dubbed, the best place for eating beanie weenies while listening to deep house by Rolling Stone magazine, this strange creation serves microwaved trailer trash food (Mac'n'Cheese, fries, TV dinners, etc) from an actual trailer to crowds of hipsters and clubkids. Nightly DJs and a full bar add music and mayhem to the nuke-food energy, keeping Butter's atmosphere radiant.
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.
This unique drinking establishment boasts itself to be a "beer tasting room". Beer Revolution always features somewhere around 20 different artisan brews on tap, as well as an impressive collection of bottled beer, which visitors are welcome to drink in the store or buy to bring home. Beer Rev, as it's known among locals, is also a very popular place on nice days due to its large outdoor patio. Pull up a stool to the beer-barrel tables, pop open a cold one, and enjoy the Revolution.
If you love wine, then Hotel Biron is a place you should visit. The cozy, sophisticated interior houses a selection of wines that would please the pickiest of palates, and the friendly, humble staff can help budding wine connoisseurs find the perfect glass. An exquisite selection of international cheeses enhance the flavor experience, while the paintings on the walls by the artist of the month help those on a first date break the ice.
Oddjob is a trendy cocktail bar that is tucked away in an alley in SoMa. With an eclectic décor that combines urban and classic style, the bar offers its clients a variety of unique, bespoke cocktails that are prepared using classic techniques and ingredients blended with the latest trends, including infused spirits. Just walk on over to the bar and give the bartender an idea of what kind of flavors speak to you, and prepare to be amazed. No matter how vague or whimsical your request a few splashes and dashes later, you will have before you a drink that perfectly embodies your style. Lively, friendly and welcoming, Oddjob is the perfect choice for just about any occasion. Amazingly, this fabulous bar is also available on hire for private events.
The Martuni's is a post-theater nightcap hot spot whose charms are many. The sophisticated, candlelit interior includes both a main bar as well as a piano bar with live performances. Patrons are generally well-dressed and well-to-do, which contributes to the elegant ambiance. Wednesday is singles night for gay men (although it happens on just about any other night, too).
Initiated as a place to relax and indulge in good food and wine, this wine bar comes across as a tasting room with a lounge area. The ambiance of this tasting room is more like a bar from the prohibition era, with dim lights and a warehouse-like setup serving as a backdrop to socialize with fellow drinkers. The selections from the wine list are curated by the experts who have not only scouted local wineries for their pickings, but also have sourced their collections from other Northern California wineries in Napa, Santa Cruz and Sonoma. The constant change in collection of wines adds to the fun where seasonal varietals find their way onto the list. Wine fights are available, where you can taste four wines, paired with a cheese sampler plate. Seasonal fruits and charcuterie are other options to complement your wine.
Picture this; A dimly lit elegant room, smooth leather upholstered chairs, the screening of a classic noir film. If this seems to be your idea for a perfect date or a casual hangout, drop in at Noir Lounge. With an ambiance that is distinctly influenced by the 40s, a vast selection of wines and other spirits and a menu full of American delights, this bar offers a great setting for every occasion.
Calle-11 is one of the most sought after and trending nightspots in San Francisco with two floors of dance space and a stunning rooftop restaurant to unwind when the feet get weary and hunger pangs hit. While the club and restaurant timings vary, there is a full bar service available on each level of Calle-11. Boasting of some fun music events and a strong DJ line-up, the nightclub caters to the party crowd over the weekend. The venue can even be rented out for corporate and social events with an option to choose individual floors or the entire 3-storied space. Calle-11 offers Bottle Service for bigger groups seeking premium seats in VIP areas during events or for those looking for some private space. The entry charge for the club is USD20.