San Francisco's Best Bars

San Francisco's Best Bars

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Whether it's a new, classic, antique, old-money or new-money bar, we have all of them right here in this map for you to explore.

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    In the '70s and early '80s, the Trocadero Transfer was one of the best gay clubs in San Francisco. It had superior sound, forward-thinking DJs from New York and Miami, and an atmosphere that has yet to be surpassed by anyone here since.
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    DNA Lounge evokes a sense of the future in its iconic interior design. Step through the door, and you'll swear you've been transported to some battle-scarred spaceship traversing an obscure corner of a resource-depleted universe.
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    Its recent interior remodel might suggest otherwise, but The Endup is one of the city's oldest nightclubs. It originally opened in 1972, and has remained a fixture in the San Francisco dance music scene ever since.
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    Oh, Tonga Room, you crazy, wonderful, fever dream of a bar. There's a lot about the kitschy tropical spot in the Fairmont Hotel to make one uncomfortable if they were to think about it too hard.
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    The recently renovated space could feel like just another boutique hotel lobby bar, but its trappings reflect Silicon Valley start-up culture.
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    When you get hungry, there are burgers and sausages on the grill, and if you get tired of the local brew you're drinking, you can pick another from the dozens of taps.
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    It's the perfect place to transport yourself from the foggy S.F. streets to a warm oasis where cocktails and chicharrones arrive at your table as you feast on aerial views of the Mission.
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    Best Place to Hide Out From the Shopping Hordes of Powell Street.
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    A few years ago, San Francisco pinned its jazz-city hopes on the Fillmore, building a palatial music venue alongside a phalanx of bebop-themed restaurants and statues of — among other things — a guy playing the saxophone.
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    Yes, there are cheaper (barely), dirtier, and scarier dive bars in San Francisco, but Bender's succeeds by being a perfect mix of bar and clubhouse.
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    With a collection of rare spirits, star bartender Brian MacGregor, and plenty of amenities like car service and champagne rooms, this private club has everything the nouveau riche need and want.
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    It's loud and it's crowded, but happy hour is so inexpensive that it's almost startling — and Toronado's symbiosis with Rosamunde Sausage Grill next door is another strong plus.
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