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.
Slim's is a renowned club where both well-known bands and local talent play. The staff here really knows music and books bands accordingly - both Nirvana and the Red Hot Chili Peppers played here before anyone had ever heard of them! All ages are welcome, so the whole family can enjoy an evening of live entertainment.
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.
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.
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.
Simple understated décor, with the occasional pop culture reference, friendly knowledgeable service staff and a nice collection of organic wines makes Pause Wine Bar a nice place to unwind and relax. You can choose by the glass or by the bottle, and you can ask for suggestions based on your taste as well. The small plates can be shared, and feature an assortment of seasonal vegetarian dishes like grilled flat bread pizza, chevre stuffed dates and herb roasted potatoes. Pause Wine Bar also holds wine tasting evenings and trivia nights, for details on upcoming events, visit the website.
The Dobbs Ferry is a popular restaurant in San Francisco and it owns The Dobbs Bar, which is a casual sports bar. This pub attracts more locals than tourists and offers plenty of opportunities to make new friends. The six television screens are always tuned on to major sports events and the counter has a wide array of libations. Choose from eight beers and an extensive cocktail list, and pair the drinks with light American snacks. There are also wine and liquor shots and a full-fledged lunch option. The late-night timings, long happy hours and friendly staff are responsible for the bar's popularity.
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.
Recreating the atmosphere of a Japanese Izakaya or bar, Izakaya Roku offers up an extensive selection of eats as well as a nice selection of Japanese spirits like sake and beer. Much like a tapas bar, the dishes are mainly small plates meant to accompany your drink. With a relaxed, lively ambiance typical of an Izakaya, it's a great place for an after-work place to unwind. Try thier selection of dishes like the Devil Tofu, Beef Tendon in Miso, Crispy Chicken wings amongst the snacks. The Udon Carbonara is an interesting and filling dish to try if you're on the hungrier side. For details and reservations, give them a call.
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.