All the beer is unfiltered and unpasteurized and they always have around 7 beers on tap. The location is cool too, right where Chinatown, North Beach and the Financial District intersect. They've got great beer, good food, regular live music and an interesting history, so check out their website for all the details.
We came, we stayed, we drank. Yep, we pretty much spent our whole afternoon in this place in Haight Ashbury meeting a bunch of really interesting and diverse group of locals and having a great time. The drink prices are average and they have some unique specialty drinks and some interesting beers on tap. There's a cool upstairs loft overlooking the main level, although the Saturday afternoon crowd was centered on the bar. We met this really cool guy who goes by the name "LA" and ending up hanging out with him most of the day. The bartenders were really laid back and friendly too.
Great website too. Check it out.
Dress Code: Come as you are.
This is a "Pittsburgh" place-all the Steeler fans hang out here when they play on Sundays. There's live music after the game. I'm from New York, and the Steelers beat the Jets when I first visited, but I felt right at home here anyway. There's a big Steelers blow-up doll in front of the restaurant-that's how I noticed it. If the Steelers make the Super Bowl, make a visit here...but save me a place at the bar :-)
Dress Code: Casual
E & O Trading's location right in the heart of the main downtown shopping district around the corner from Union Square. It's a great looking restaurant and the Asian inspired menu looked great, although we just hung out at the bar and drank some overpriced drinks.
Dress Code: Come as you are although, most people were the well-dressed sort.
Actually part of a hotel, Ponzu has a beautiful Asian-inspired decor with large aquariums behind the bar. It's an intimate and tasteful place for a drink. A full menu is also served. The bar is open 4:30-midnight Tuesday through Saturday.
Dress Code: Casual.
This is actually more of a restaurant than a bar, but this is definitely my most-frequented spot for drinking! I've been a regular here for 7-8 years; Olivier, Pierre, & Pascal are like old friends!! There is an upstairs, a downstairs, and plenty of outdoor seating when the weather is nice. They have live music (i.e. jazz ensembles) on the weekends, but are closed on Sundays. The food is fine (crepes, quiche, hachis parmentier, croque monsier, etc.), but I'm all about drinking wine here!
Dress Code: Casual
Brought to you by our favorite (former) waitstaff -- Thierry & David. Voda, which is Russian for water, is brand spanking new; it opened in mid-December, 2003. The interior is very modern and minimalist. There is a full bar, but no food on the premises. They are more than happy to get something for you from one of the adjoining restaurants, however. As you may have guessed from the name, vodka is their specialty with a HUGE assortment to choose from. They have many infused vodkas; try the fig, mint chocolate, or the bubble gum!! All vodka shots are $5.00. Welcome (and PATRONIZE) them!!
Dress Code: Wear anything you want!!
We weren't there at night but I'll stick it here as there's no VT category for daylight tippling.
There is really only one reason to come here and that's the killer location on the water. Yes they have food but the menu is pricey and YELP reviews were so-so but you can't snag a better spot for a beer/margarita on a sunny day than a barstool/table on the back deck. You would think there would be tons of casual bars/restaurants in SF with decks overhanging the bay? No go - this appears to be one of the very few. Anyway, we ended up here at least three times to catch some rays and watch the boats over a couple of cold ones. They also have live music (some free - some with a cover) and other special events so check the calendar on the website. I read that this can be pretty wild spot at night...!
Dress Code: Very casual - shorts, shirt, shoes
very nice, ambient sushi/japanese restaurant.. this would be a great place to take someone on a date that you want to impress.
They play ambient techno music in the background, and all they have big screen tv's playing anime on them.
they really have the anime theme going for them, and the food is really, really good.
the saki isn't bad either.
Dress Code: I think its somewhat dressy... I can't remember..
Located in San Francisco's upper Soma (South of Market Street) District, where there are many dance clubs and live night clubs, Asia SF is a fun place to hang out to grab a few drinks, eat some unique Asian Fusion style food and watch transgender dancers entertain in a fun, lively, and social atmosphere.
For around $70/person, you get around 3 drinks, very good food, and you are entertained by around five different dancers. The MC is the funniest dancer who interacts with the audience. She is a doll. Funny as a man; and as lovely and graceful as a woman.
Dress Code: Casual. Jeans are ok; but you will not look out of place if you come in with a suit as many come here after work.
Found that this was an nice area for good bars and clubs. Had a few too many in the Ale House and managed to loose a darts match against some folks here. Big problem was that they were involved in marketing movies and were all off to the launch party for the film 'The Rock' with Nicholas Cage and Sean Connery. I think we might have got an invite to the party but we were so pissed we missed it.
Also this place does great Buffalo Wings (hottest I ever came across in the States)
Seems this place has now closed - what a shame.
Somehow...and who knows how it got started...fernet has become extremely popular in San Francisco. More fernet is drunk here than in any other place in the United States. And more is drunk per capita than in any other place in the world.
Produced with over 40 herbs and spices, this Italian aperitif is usually compared to Jagermeister...or Campari. But really...it tastes nothing like that and is highly original...and to some...extreme. With a definite hint of mint, it's a unique liquor that you will either hate or love. But just remember that a lot of people around the Bay Area love it.
Moby Dick, one of the longest standing gay bars in the Castro has seen a resurgence as of late (mostly after the music changed and the plasma screens were added). You can find a good late 20s / early 30s crowd in here, from all walks of life on a Saturday night. Big windows open up to the street, and a huge fishtank is perched high above the bar area.The screens - also up above - play videos non-stop, but the music (thankfully) veers away from the usual dance divas / boy band combo most other gay bars seem to prefer into more interesting territory (on a recent night I heard Prince, Gorillaz and New Order, mixed with some newer stuff, so they tend towards the eclectic).
Towards the back and up a few steps there's a pool table (usually pretty busy, you may have to wait a while for your name to come up) and 4 pinball machines (although a bit too close for comfort to the pool table).
On other nights, the atmosphere tends to vary widely , making this a bar with a bit of a multiple personality disorder. In any case, and since it's so close to the other bars in the Castro it's always worth a stop
Dress Code: Casual
Red velvet couches, Tiffany-style lamps, ferns and other greenery, and female bartenders in camisoles and such. Can be a relaxing place, though sometimes a notorious pick-up joint! Go early to get a seat.
Dress Code: Extremely casual.
This polynesian theme bar is accentuated by its island-style booths and exotic drinks. Each booth is named after an island and has a character of its own.
This is a local haunt , almost a dive what keeps it from being one are the drinks. It has a cabanaesque decor and the drinks are mainly strong fruity cocktails. They have around numerous blenders whipping up some innocuous concoctions. Try the Scorpion Bowl and the Shark's Tooth.
Dress Code: Casual