While the mythical and much-hyped liqueur after which this establishment is named is not served here, many equally potent concoctions are. Specialty drinks, such as the Perfect Pear and the Ginger Rogers, seem to contain pure alcohol, and even a standard margarita packs an unbelievable wallop. If you're looking for something to help mitigate the effects of a strong drink, then ditch the regular bar peanuts for Absinthe's bar snacks. This bar offers bread with a smooth fig spread, croque monsieur and more. The menu changes daily, but any antipasto platter of cured meats is sure to please, as will the particularly rich duck confit. You can enjoy your meal in the main room or at a cafe-style table on the sidewalk, but if you're looking for a quieter spot, book a table in the private dining room.
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.
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.
Cafe Van Kleef is located right in the heart of Oakland's Uptown neighborhood. The theme of Van Kleef is unconventional and all about the quirky artwork everywhere. The specialty at Van Kleef's is their Greyhound - a drink of vodka with grapefruit juice, which you can watch them squeezing fresh at almost any given point during the night. On most nights in the week, the bar plays live jazz music. Certain nights come with a cover charge so be sure to check details before you head here.
In an area known for wineries and wine bars, Solano Cellars is a mecca for Bay Area oenophiles who sit at the imposing wood bar and sample a dazzling array of wines from around the world. A staff of refreshingly unpretentious wine experts can guide you through the selection and help you find just the vintage you were looking for. The shop attached is tiny, but what they do not have on display can be fetched from the seemingly bottomless wine cellar. To enhance the wine, an ever-changing appetizer and dessert menu, designed with wine in mind, is offered. There is a strict prohibition on cell phones.
Named after the owner's mother whose recipes have inspired the menu, Hazel serves a fusion of traditional Southern food with inspirations taken from Texas, Georgia, and Louisiana. The interiors are also inspired by the owner's childhood home. Golden accents dominate the 70s-themed space featuring a lot of TVs, pool tables, a mural of Hazel and beautiful artwork. The menu is dotted with comfort food such as Tater Tot Nachos and Hazel's Fried Chicken, with the bar serving over 200 different whiskey options, craft cocktails, and beers.
Tucked away in the heart of the city, this elegant spot offers up a fine combination of spirits and live jazz. The interiors at Mr. Tipple's will take you back in time, dominated by rich wooden hues, warm lighting and understated decor. A dainty stage plays host to well-known names in jazz, nightly. Enjoy the performances with expertly mixed cocktails from the bar. There's a fine selection of light bites as well, to accompany your drinks.
Don't judge this bricked building by its name! Forgery is a lively bar serving tantalizing mixed drinks and crafty cocktails. Located in the lively SoMa neighborhood, the bar is owned and operated by partners Ken Luciano who curates most of the drinks on the menu and Jacques Bezuindenhout. The menu is quite impressive and you won't just settle for one order! The kitsch decor and prompt service make the bar a favorite among locals. The DJs are known to put up a great line up on peppy numbers. Forgery also arranges for private events.
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.
Don't let the loud interiors, gaudy rooms and bright neon lights of this place mislead you. It's a whole lot of fun to hang out here. Sink your teeth into pastries, truffles and other delicious goodies and drinks that emphasize the season's treats! Gratify your palate with specialty cocktails like ‘Mangopolitan' and other top notch liquor brands. The ambiance is mellow with lit candles and velvet couches that encourage a cozy tête-à-tête. Keep your wallet loaded if you want to spend a lovely evening here with a few friends and don't be afraid to bend the rules. Please see the website for further information.
Cadillac Bar and Grill is a casual Mexican eatery situated in vibrant SoMa. The ambiance is lively and the staff personable, which makes for a great night out on the town. The restaurant highlights real Mexican dishes packed with flavor that pair well with their specialty hand-shaken margaritas made with fresh ingredients. Savor aperitivos like queso flameado or chicken panchos, followed by signature puffy tacos filled with ingredients like turkey chorizo, slow-braised pork or grilled steak. Seafood enthusiasts can opt for the grilled red snapper with Veracruzano sauce or the mesquite-grilled prawns. Excellent happy hours between 3p and 6p from Monday to Friday means this place is always abuzz with energy; it's a great place to unwind with friends after a long day.