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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. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. 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

  • 11. 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

  • 12. 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

  • 13. 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

  • 14. Bix

    North Beach | Bars/Pubs

    The retro-chic martini-bar craze keeps going strong at this glam, gorgeous, spirited yet refined supper club. Jazz combos provide the backbeat...Read More

  • 15. Blackbird

    Castro | Bars/Pubs

    This neighborhood hangout tries too hard to be hip and cool, but it's a lot of fun. The crowd is less casual than others in the Castro, though...Read More

  • 16. Bow Bow Cocktail Lounge

    Chinatown | Bars/Pubs

    At this quirky, inclusive, divey karaoke bar, you can get your kicks performing in front of a sometimes rowdy but nearly always supportive audience...Read More

  • 17. Buena Vista Café

    Fisherman's Wharf | Bars/Pubs

    At the end of the Hyde Street cable-car line, the Buena Vista packs 'em in for its famous Irish coffee—which, according to owners, was the first...Read More

  • 18. Bus Stop

    Cow Hollow | Bars/Pubs

    Popular with frat boys and stockbrokers alike, this Marina/Cow Hollow favorite has 18 screens and two pool tables. If you want to meet the local...Read More

  • 19. City Beer Store

    SoMa | Bars/Pubs

    Called CBS by locals, this friendly tasting room-cum-liquor mart has a wine bar's sensibility. Perfect for connoisseurs and the merely beer...Read More

  • 20. Divas

    Tenderloin | Bars/Pubs

    In the rough-and-tumble Tenderloin, around the corner from the Polk Street bars, transgenders and their admirers come here for the racy entertainment...Read More

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