The vibe: A chic, industrial corner restaurant and bar with huge windows in the new-ish Hotel G, serving Euro-American dishes (seared foie gras, beef cheek, duck leg confit, etc.). Brian Felley and Mo Hodges (of Benjamin Cooper located upstairs) are behind the drink menu, too, meaning that if their spot is too packed, you can still enjoy a creative cocktail while you people-watch the crap out of Geary.
What it's good at: The Peter Rabbit cocktail ($12), featuring mezcal, yellow chartreuse, lemon juice, arugula, jalapeño, and salt
The vibe: A Marina bar, except it's in the Tenderloin, so far fewer button-ups. If the upstairs is open definitely make your way up there for a sweet leather couch in an alcove adorned with a 1943 American flag. If it's not (and most of the times it's not thanks to private parties), sitting at the bar is the move.
What it's good at: Whiskey flights ($10 for three served up on a paddleboard!)
The vibe: A huge Irish bar with hearty, greasy pub grub and Guinness, Harp, and Smithwick’s on tap. Expect a classic Irish bar, only with a poppin’ and spacious dance floor. Win and win!
What it's good at: Live music five nights a week!