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.
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.
This favorite is full of congenial spirits (both the drinks and the regulars), fish and chips and some of the best in local and Irish bands. Enjoy over two dozen beers on tap, including an impressive selection of local brews and ales, as well as the usual suspects (Guinness, Rolling Rock). There is a small dance floor that fills up during live performances, but also features locals who jump on in for folk dancing. Traditional Irish dance lessons are held on Mondays, and Happy Hour lasts from opening to 7p.
Founded in 1985 by two brothers, the Triple Rock Brewery is a laid-back taverna-style pub that serves craft beers from their own collection. The lime-up of brews includes several strong American ales such as the Monkey Head, Red Rock Ale and the Stonehenge Stout. Those who are uncertain about their preference can taste any of their tap beers first in a taster glass for a paltry sum. To nosh on, there are plenty of American bar snacks such as wings, burgers, sandwiches, fries and nachos.
The brainchild of Andrew and Jennifer Hall, The Beer Hall is a beer lover's haven. From the customized beer bottle capped back wall, a sleek bar with countless beer behind it, and beer racks, it would be tough not to like this tiny yet inviting beer shrine. With more than 242 beers, you will surely find a favorite. Specializing in handcrafted beer, there is a small but fine selection of wine as well. Enjoy the drinks in the tasting room or pick some up for your beer party at home. Don't miss this place if beer is on your mind and in your heart.
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.
Bergerac is an up-scale bar and restaurant located in San Francisco's SoMa district. Trendy and buzzing, the bar seeks to recreate the atmosphere and vibe of a classy house-party, drawing inspiration from the beautiful Villa Nellcote, that all great Rolling Stones fans ought to know about. Serving up a great selection of hand-crafted cocktails and delicious small eats, Bergerac is a popular after-hours bar. Try the Hotel Nacional, a potent blend of Rum, Apricot and Brandy perfect for a large group.
The ritzy Azúcar Lounge is found at a busy spot in SoMa's main nightlife hub. Pistachio-green sitting booths well complement the soft wood floors and tables in this intimate space, where guests get to indulge in some toothsome Mexican street food specials and other Latin delights in a homely setting. Along with an expansive list of Mexican eats, Azúcar also offers a fine selection of Latin-style cocktails and other chilled libations. Birthday celebrations and wedding receptions can also be organized at its function hall.