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  • 1. Bourbon & Branch

    Tenderloin | Bars/Pubs

    Bourbon & Branch reeks of Prohibition-era speakeasy cool. It's not exclusive, though: everyone is granted a password. The place has sex...Read More

  • 2. Cliff House

    Richmond | Bars/Pubs

    Sure, it's the site of many high-school prom dates, and you could argue that the food and drinks are overpriced, but this is our pick if you...Read More

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  • 3. Club Fugazi

    North Beach | Cabaret

    The claim to fame here is Beach Blanket Babylon, an ever-changing wacky musical send-up of San Francisco moods and mores that has been going...Read More

  • 4. El Rio

    Mission District | Music Clubs

    A dive bar in the best sense, El Rio has a calendar chock-full of events, from free bands and films to Salsa Sunday (seasonal), all of which...Read More

  • 5. Smuggler's Cove

    Hayes Valley | Bars/Pubs

    With the decor of a pirate ship and a slew of rum-based cocktails, you half expect Captain Jack Sparrow to sidle up next to you at this offbeat...Read More

  • 6. Toronado

    Haight | Bars/Pubs

    You come to one of the city's most popular dive bars for one thing and one thing only: the reasonably priced beers, about four dozen of them...Read More

  • 7. Vesuvio Cafe

    North Beach | Bars/Pubs

    If you're hitting only one bar in North Beach, it should be this one. The low-ceilinged second floor of this raucous boho hangout, little altered...Read More

  • 8. Yield

    Dogpatch | Wine Bars–Nightlife

    A stone's throw from the bay, the city's greenest wine bar serves up sustainable, organic, and biodynamic wines from around the world. Small...Read More

  • 9. 111 Minna Gallery

    SoMa | Cafes–Nightlife

    Gallery and coffee shop by day, bar–dance club by night, this warehouse space on a small side street just south of Mission Street is usually...Read More

  • 10. 15 Romolo

    North Beach | Bars/Pubs

    Easy to miss on an alley and overshadowed by the neighboring girlie shows, this watering hole serves up artisanal drinks—including riffs off...Read More

  • 11. 21st Amendment Brewery

    SoMa | Bars/Pubs

    This popular brewery is known for its range of beer types, with multiple taps going at all times. In the spring, the Hell or High Watermelon...Read More

  • 12. Absinthe

    Hayes Valley | Bars/Pubs

    The popular restaurant's nearly two dozen specialty cocktails—or even just a plain old Manhattan—make a trip just to the bar worthwhile. ...Read More

  • 13. ABV

    Mission District | Bars/Pubs

    One of the city's top cocktail bars offers elevated small plates—think pork belly with peanut mole, burgers, and meat and cheese boards—until...Read More

  • 14. Amélie

    Polk Gulch | Wine Bars–Nightlife

    A slice of modern French life, this cozy and romantic wine bar is an ideal spot for European oenophiles. Vintage-theater seating is available...Read More

  • 15. AsiaSF

    SoMa | Cabaret

    Saucy, sexy, and fun, this is one of the best places in town for a drag-show virgin. The entertainment, as well as the gracious food service...Read More

  • 16. Badlands

    Castro | Bars/Pubs

    Shirts off! If a sweaty muscle sandwich sounds like your idea of a good time, head to Badlands, where serious party boys come to grind to throbbing...Read More

  • 17. Balboa Cafe

    Cow Hollow | Bars/Pubs

    Here you'll spy young (thirtysomething) and upwardly mobile former frat boys and sorority girls munching on tasty burgers served sandwich-style...Read More

  • 18. BATS Improv

    Marina | Comedy Clubs

    In addition to teaching workshops in improvisation, this renovated warehouse stages performances such as "Improvised Shakespeare" and "Spontaneous...Read More

  • 19. Beach Chalet

    Golden Gate Park | Bars/Pubs

    This restaurant-microbrewery, on the second floor of a historic building filled with 1930s Works Project Administration murals, has a stunning...Read More

  • 20. Big 4 Bar

    Nob Hill | Bars/Pubs

    Dark-wood paneling and green leather banquettes lend a masculine feel to the bar at the recently remodeled Scarlet Huntington Hotel, where the...Read More

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