SF Bay Area Trip Highlights
One of the best (or worst) things about living in a
gorgeous city like San Francisco is that more often
than not there is a constant stream of friends, family
members or acquaintances from high school that are
dying to visit and take advantage of your couch. In a
town where it seems like a new gastropub, brewery or
cocktail bar pops up every weekend, it can be
overwhelming at first to decide where to take your
visitors for a night out on the town.
Want a few surefire spots that'll make your visitors
jealous they don't live in this marvelous city?
Here are 7 perfect San Francisco bars to impress your
out of town guests.
1. Comstock Saloon
Reason: A saloon themed bar that looks straight out of
Bioshock Infinite. Lovely live Music. Ambiance for
A departure from the prevalent speakeasy themed bars
that pop up in SF, Comstock Saloon is a turn of the
century Old Western themed watering hole nestled in
North Beach. Named after the Comstock Lode, a discovery
of silver that brought miners to the west, this bar is
brought to life by the bartenders behind Absinthe
Brasserie. Settle into the parlor to munch on saloon
themed bar bites and gaze up at the steam punk-esque
bar fans that vaguely resemble ship rudders. Best of
all enjoy the free live music that wafts down from the
mezzanine, graciously provided by live jazz singers,
piano players and acapella quartets.
2. Trick Dog
Reason: Cocktails to die for. The ability to claim
hipness. Ridiculously cool printed menus.
Nestled on a block between an art gallery, an
independent coffee shop and New American fare
restaurant Salumeria, Trick Dog is the cocktail bar
that'll give you street cred for being both hip and
keen on quality. The latest from mixologists Bon
Vivants, this bar is so cool its drink menu is a piece
of art. February's drinks were displayed on a pinwheel
of the zodiac signs. Pick your drink according to your
Reason: Outdoor beer garden. Doesn't give a shit
décor. Spacious back yard. Tons of beer.
Recently named one of the 25 douchiest bars in San
Francisco by a website that needs ad revenue from angry
San Franciscans who disagree, Zeitgeist remains a
staple for outdoor beer drinking in the Mission. Sit
outside on a relatively warm San Franciscan night and
enjoy one of their 40 beers on tap.
4. Bourbon and Branch
Reason: Speakeasy themed. Secret bar hidden behind a
bookshelf. Cocktails worth the price.
It doesn't take much to convince your guests to go to a
speakeasy themed bar. Maybe its the password needed to
get in or the bar hidden behind the bookshelf but this
San Francisco staple is a consistent hit with residents
and visitors alike. Relish the brief excitement of
venturing into the Tenderloin to knock on a hidden door
and say a password. Once you're in settle down and
enjoy libations worthy of the hype.
Reason: Whiskey drinks that even whiskey haters love.
Low key yet classy ambiance.
It's worth braving the tenderloin for a whiskey drink
that even whiskey haters will love. Rye was recently
named one of Zagats top cocktail bars in San Francisco.
Sit on their porch and sip on their moscule mule served
in a copper mug thats so cute that people have been
known to steal them. In fact those mugs have been
stolen so much that Rye will ask you for an id when you
take your drink. They'll give it back of course. But
chances are they'll have it for while since you'll
probably ask for a second or third.
Reason: Beer served in boots. German beer you can't
pronounce. German beer you've never tried. Did I say
A little bit of a stretch here since Suppenkuche is
more of a restaurant serving traditional German food
than strictly a bar, this Bavarian establishment is a
unique take on the traditional Wirsthaus or German Inn.
Decorated like an wooden dining hall and lit by
candles, patrons can choose from a multitude of
imported German beers. Best of all large beers on tap
are served in glass boots. Craving bratwurst yet?
7. Smugglers Cove
Reason: Pirate Bar
Your guests will love it when you take them to
Smugglers Cove which showcases over 200 rums from all
over the world. Just beware of the jealously that may
erupt when they realize that your neighborhood bar is a
pirate bar. To ensure with complete satisfaction that
your hood is cooler than theirs order the volcano bowl
which lights up with fire when served.
Local hangouts, Shopping spots
Comstock Saloon, Trick Dog, Zeitgeist, Bourbon and
Branch, Rye, Suppenkuche, Smugglers Cove