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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.