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The Per­fect Wine Bar

Tucked in an al­ley in the Fi­nan­cial District, the Hid­den Vine is a per­fect place to cozy up, with its 19th- cen­tury fire­place, an­tique ta­pes­tries, comfy couches and out­door pa­tio com­plete with a bocce court. The di­verse wine list fo­cuses on a dif­fer­ent wine re­gion each month and fea­tures over 180 dif­fer­ent wines, from the big names to the undis­cov­ered, with 40 poured by the glass. Choose from a se­lec­tion of cheeses, plus flat­breads, char­cu­terie and slid­ers for the per­fect pair­ing. 408 Mer­chant St., 415.674.3567

BARS & NIGHT­CLUBS ALEM­BIC

Of­fer­ing a long list of both clas­sic cocktails and orig­i­nal con­coc­tions, this Haight Ash­bury restau­rant and bar is a great place to try some­thing new, like the Blood and Sand. Home­made brews and lo­cal food are the spe­cialty, mak­ing it a true San Fran­cisco ex­pe­ri­ence. 1725 Haight St., 415.666.0822.

COMSTOCK SA­LOON

Named af­ter Henry Comstock and the famed Comstock Lode, which brought min­ing for­tunes to the City by the Bay, this bar is a throw­back to the city’s Bar­bary Coast era, lo­cated in a site that’s served as a San Fran­cisco wa­ter­ing hole since 1907. Sip on care­fully crafted clas­sic cocktails and nib­ble on turn- of-the- cen­tury sa­loon fare. 155 Colum­bus Ave., 415.617.0071.

EL TECHO

Lo­cated in the Mis­sion District, this ex­pan­sive rooftop bar of­fers sweep­ing views of the city sky­line. Drinks range from pisco-based cocktails to es­o­teric Brazil­ian beer. Dig into tasty nib­bles like em­panadas, ce­viche and meat skew­ers or visit the down­stairs din­ing room for a more se­ri­ous, meat-fo­cused menu. 2516 Mis­sion St., 415.550.6970.

ELIXIR

This Mis­sion Dolores bar— part pub, part sports bar, part lounge and part cer­ti­fied green busi­ness— of­fers a taste of the Old West. Serv­ing its neigh­bors since 1858, there’s no bet­ter spot for hand­made fresh fruit cocktails. Tues­day nights are a hit with bar trivia, and week­ends bring a makey­our- own Bloody Mary bar. 3200 16th St., 415.552.1633.

LO­CAL EDITION

Be­neath Mar­ket Street, the lo­cal bar superstars be­hind Bour­bon & Branch have cre­ated this classy un­der­ground cock­tail bar that pro­vides a so­phis­ti­cated ad­di­tion to the city’s nightlife scene. In­spired by the 1950s and ’60s news­pa­per in­dus­try, the vin­tage dé­cor in­cludes type­writ­ers and archived news clip­pings that let you re­live San Fran­cisco’s past, and even the wait­resses are dressed in time-pe­riod per­fect out­fits. And the drinks are equally on point: high­balls, Gib­sons and other up­dated clas­sics rule here. 691 Mar­ket St., 415.795.1375.

MR. TIP­PLE’S RECORD­ING STU­DIO

This spirit- driven jazz bar with bar bites is tucked away in a cozy back al­ley of the city’s Mid- Mar­ket neigh­bor­hood. The bar fea­tures live jazz nightly with no cover, a sharp list of ro­tat­ing cocktails and un­der-$10 snacks. On your first visit, try the Dizzy cock­tail (East In­dia sherry, ter­roir gin, cy­nar) and the patty melt (swiss cheese, rid­dled onions, spread). 39 Fell St., 415.851.8561.

PLAY­ERS SPORTS GRILL & ARCADE

This water­front sports bar fea­tures more than 35 HDTVs, 200 sports chan­nels, 85 arcade games and 15 beers on tap. The menu of­fers bar bites and Amer­i­can fare. Luau Lounge, lo­cated in­side, is San Fran­cisco’s only water­front tiki bar, with spec­tac­u­lar views of Al­ca­traz and the San Fran­cisco Bay. Pier 39, 415.981.6300.

SMUG­GLER’S COVE

Taste the past, present and fu­ture of rum here, from tra­di­tional drinks of the Caribbean is­lands to clas­sic li­ba­tions of Pro­hi­bi­tion- Era Ha­vana to ex­otic cocktails from leg­endary tiki bars. Mod­eled af­ter both a pi­rate ship and a tiki hut and featuring a water­fall, this bar of­fers a whole new ap­proach to rum, show­cas­ing more than 400 va­ri­eties from around the world, in­clud­ing rare and vin­tage finds. The drink menu in­cludes more than 70 cocktails made from pre­mium spir­its and liqueurs, house-made ingredients and fresh citrus juiced in­house daily. 650 Gough St., 415.869.1900.

TRICK DOG

Lo­cal bar stars The Bon Vi­vants opened this hot spot in the Mis­sion District, fo­cus­ing on hand- crafted, in­ven­tive drinks and latenight nib­bles. 3010 20th St., 415.471.2999.

BREW­ERIES 21ST AMEND­MENT BREW­ERY

Within walk­ing distance of AT&T ball­park, this brew­pub is a fun place to visit be­fore or af­ter a Giants game. The airy, multi-level SoMa space de­liv­ers rea­son­ably priced, home­brewed beer in unique fla­vors along­side de­pend­able stan­dards like cheese­burg­ers and house-made chili. The wa­ter­melon wheat beer, served along­side a slice of wa­ter­melon, is a cus­tomer fa­vorite. 563 2nd St., 415.369.0900.

THIRSTYBEAR BREW­ING CO.

The old­est brew­ery-restau­rant in the city (and the only or­ganic brew­ery) serves house-made ales that com­ple­ment Span­ish-in­spired cui­sine, with dishes served pri­mar­ily in tapas-sized por­tions. There’s also a full bar and pool ta­bles and darts up­stairs. 661 Howard St., 415.974.0905.

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