1. The Mission
Essential bars: Trick Dog, Hideout at Dalva, ABV, Monk’s Kettle, The 500 Club
How does any neighborhood really compete with the alcoholic firepower within the Mission? I was going to try and make some sort of daring call, and pick one of the other neighborhoods for the top spot, but then I broke it down and it became impossible. Three of the best cocktail bars in the city (Trick Dog, The Hideout at Dalva, and ABV) are all right there. Still want more good cocktails? Hit up Laszlo or Beretta or Elixir or even Mission Bowling Club and you’re going to be happy. You want beer? Southern Pacific Brewing and my favorite beer bar in SF (Monk’s Kettle) are in this 'hood. You’d rather just hit a dive? The 500 Club is incredible, Doc’s Clock is a classic, as is Bruno’s, and the Latin American Club has the strongest drinks I’ve ever encountered. 20 Spot is a fantastic place to just have a beer or a glass of wine and talk shit about your friends. Dear Mom might be the most versatile of all these spots. And this is before we’ve even really gotten into the cocktail scene within the restaurants. Basically, it was the Mission in a landslide, friends, and it wasn’t even that close.
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Kevin Alexander is Thrillist's National Writer-at-Large and is decently alarmed by how many bars he's been to in the city. Don't follow him @KAlexander03 as it will just make him nervous.