never have to go rock climbing again. The lighting in this dark and spacious bar is incredibly flattering, and the impressive selection of spirits helps amplify that even further. And it can remain that, but it can also turn into the kind of bar where you meet a million strangers who also arent actually there to meet anyonewhich sometimes is the best way to go about the whole thing. Katie Sweeney 500 Guerrero Street at 17th Street. Between the casually competitive bar games, chatty patio, and ongoing dance party, introductions happen naturally. Photo: Courtesy of Dalva/Hideout, the Hideout at Dalva, the semi-secret back bar at Dalva is moody and sexy, with low lighting and red-painted walls. But its been around for over a decade and shows no signs of fading, which is a very good thing if you like to bust a move to 80s and 90s music on a crowded dance floor with people who are looking to drink too. The Museum, sF has some amazing museums, and wed go to them all of the time if they didnt frown upon getting sauced while perusing the art. Tourists flock here to sing along and dance to dueling piano players who perform all of those cheesy songs that everyone knows the words toand everyone loves even more after a few drinks.
Put people in a room, give em some tasty food and drink and the next thing you know, everyone will be talking, and getting along, and saying I do a year later. However, after dinner later in the week and on the weekends is when it unofficially turns from iconic San Francisco saloon to a pickup joint. Again, possibly not speaking from personal experience. Restaurants, Italian, americano icon-location-pin SoMa For sheer volume, this indoor outdoor bar abutting the Embarcadero is your best bet for meeting young, post-work locals. Owned and managed by Matt Lopez and Carlos Yturriaboth avid surfers themselvesthis spot attracts a contingent of laid-back neighborhood regulars.
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Its just couple blocks from bart or Muni, conveniently, whether youre planning on heading home or bar hopping. Katie Sweeney 1548 Polk Street at Sacramento, the spray bottles come out during the underwear contest on Thursdays. (Beware of cougars, though, unless thats your thing.) Then, head up Fillmore. Advertising 5, photograph: Yelp/ James. White Cap icon-location-pin Parkside, layer up and head out to the Outer Sunset, where this comfortable, classy bar is serving inventive cocktails for a friendly crowd of artists and surfers. Go a little earlier and eat the burger (its one of our favorites in the city) so that even if you dont find someone to go home with later, its not a total wash. Strong, newspaper-themed cocktails (the Masthead, the Rosebud) take the edge off the wait. Or, uh, the next round. Also note that Buckshot, per its name, has put a lot of emphasis on taxidermy, which could probably be seen as sexy in a hunting lodge by the fire on a rug sort of way. Read more 8 Photograph: Noelle Chun Bars, Beer bars Zeitgeist icon-location-pin Mission This low-key, metal-blasting beer bar is one of the best day-drinking patios in the city, in spite ofor maybe because ofits lack of frills.
Or even, best, gay, bars in, san Francisco. It is, as it s always been, a video/dance bar with a popular happy hour that plays the Britney-to-Whitney canon ad nauseam, and its twin sister bar across the street Toad Hall is much the same with the addition of a smoking patio out back. Hands down the best freakin tacos in, san Francisco!