Located on the waterfront at the Embarcadero, seafood restaurant Waterbar has a spectacular bar featuring an extensive wine list and delicious dessert menu with fabulous views. If you’d rather something with a more relaxed vibe, the Pier 23 Cafe at the North Beach end of the Embarcadero offers a bayside setting for its delicious cocktails. Also in North Beach is the very cosy bar Vesuvio. We recommend visiting City Lights Bookstore next door, then grabbing a table upstairs at Vesuvio and enjoying a drink while perusing your new purchases.
Waterbar has panoramic views of the Bay Bridge, Treasure Island and the city skyline
Vesuvio is an old haunt of Beat-era writers like Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg