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1. Bar Crudo 655 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117 (Alamo Square)

If Nopa made the Divisadero neighborhood what it is today, Bar Crudo solidified its status as a golden dining destination. For over a decade, Bar Crudo has been serving up a seriously good happy hour and dinner that’s ideal for family visits. It’s perpetually packed and one of the city’s most underrated restaurants, with a bumping happy hour that features dollar oysters, fish tacos, and sumptuous seafood chowder. Don’t miss the crudo sampler, uni avocado toast, and lobster burrata salad at this small restaurant that packs a punch.

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2. Two Sisters Bar and Books 579 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102 (Hayes Valley)

Two Sisters is a vintage-looking drinkery-meets-book shop in Hayes Valley known for its craft cocktails, European-inspired menu, and Intelligentsia espresso. Lived-in dark hardwood floors, an 1895 bronze cash register, and a take-one-leave-one reading library curated by the owner's sister make this intimate bar stand out. Two Sisters also hosts regular cocktail classes and book club gatherings.

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3. The Attic 3336 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110 (The Mission)

This dive bar has an extraordinary happy hour deal, as well as stellar, eclectic DJs and generous pourings.

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4. Lightning Tavern 1875 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94123 (Cow Hollow)

Unabashedly divey, Lighting Tavern carries Fireball, Fernet, tater tot nachos, and chicken wing buckets all in equal parts. Grab a seat on the outdoor patio to sip down bottomless mimosas as you prepare yourself for one of the booziest brunches in town (or dinners or happy hours). Even if you don't take advantage of the bottomless offer, the Scotch egg- and poutine-filled menu will have you overindulging in a different way.

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5. Homestead 2301 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94110 (The Mission)

Harkening back to its Prohibition-era glory, this storied Mission bar is still armed with infamously strong cocktails like, an excellent whiskey selection, and peanuts -- the scattered shells of which will crunch under your feet. It's easy to get cozy inside Homestead's Victorian-style parlor, which sports a pressed tin ceiling, giant nude paintings, and (best of all) a small, snuggle-worthy fireplace tucked in the back of the low-lit space. The bar is dog-friendly, too, so even your pup can become a regular.

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6. El Rio 3158 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110 (Bernal Heights)

Since 1978, El Rio has been serving up cheap drinks and hot beats on its expansive back patio. This Mission dive is a staple of the San Francisco gay bar scene with its packed barbecues, killer Sunday parties (like Hard French), live music, pool tables, shuffleboard, and serious dance vibes. Come for the free oysters every Friday at 5:30pm, but bring cash for your drinks.

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7. Uva Enoteca 568 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117 (Lower Haight)

Uva's happy hour is pretty stellar for a classier wine bar. If things get too rowdy, order one of their meat & cheese plates and simmer down.

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8. Broken Record 1166 Geneva Ave, San Francisco, CA 94112

Broken Record is a super-casual Excelsior dive bar where you can kick back with friends on the spacious outdoor patio, but it means business with its drink menu. On it, you’ll find an extensive list of liquors, particularly whiskey and bourbon, and dozens of rotating local craft brews. Once you've worked up an appetite, head to the kitchen in the back (it’s called “Hood Grub”) for innovative bar food: tater tots with curry ketchup, spicy wings made with Mary’s organic air-chilled drumettes, and a meatloaf sandwich on a Dutch crunch roll all await you.

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