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1. Hawthorn Lounge 46 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94108

In the 1800s, this building could have been a drug store or a brothel. Now, the lounge—inspired by 1930s Hollywood—features draped ceilings and exposed brick wall, and offers craft cocktails fashioned by professional mixologists.

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2. The Pig and Whistle 2801 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118

With across-the-pond favorites like fish and chips, bangers and mash, and Cornish pasties, this English tavern is San Francisco's premier pub for Anglo fare. Stop in for one of their international ales or to watch a game of footy.

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3. Resolute 678 Geary St, San Francisco , CA 94102 (The Tenderloin)

Resolute offers eight flights of wine, 25 bottles by the glass, and a whopping 120 hard-to-find bottles you can open there, take home, or buy by the case. Artisan beer and cheese and charcuterie plates are also on the menu.

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4. Lefty O'Doul's 333 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94102

Named after the San Fran born and bred baseball player, Lefty O'Doul's is a cafeteria-style bar and restaurant that's been around since 1958. The menu offers classic diner food such as turkey platters, pies, and sandwiches.

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5. 398 Brasserie 398 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94102 (Union Square)

This Euro-American brasserie is a great spot to bring out-of-towners, with its soaring ceilings, iconic San Francisco quotes on the walls and Union Square location. Make sure someone gets an order of the duck gravy hash with crispy hash browns and arugula, it's the best.

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6. Redford 673 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94102 (The Tenderloin)

A huge, actually-classy-and-not-stabby spot in the Tenderloin that's got two separate bar areas, eats like pot pie and a build-your-own pastrami sandwich board for two, and drinks like their Whiskey Plank: four shots of the "Brown of the Month".

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7. Ireland's 32 3920 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118

An extensive whiskey selection, live music five nights a week, and a menu that offers black and white pudding grants Bay Area guests a taste of the Emerald Isle.

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8. Ha-Ra Club 875 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94109

A dive through and through, this mainstay has been hydrating the Tenderloin since 1947.

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9. Amsterdam Café 937 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94109

This casual, cash-only cafe and bar supplies over 25 taps and 350 bottles of ale, lager, cider and wine.

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10. Abbey Tavern 4100 Geary Boulevard, San Francisco, CA 94118 (Inner Richmond)

Sometimes you just need a friendly joint where you can saddle up to the bar and drink alone like God intended. This is that place. And while you might come in by yourself, you’ll have several new friends by round two.

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11. Redwood Room 495 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94102 (Union Square)

Located in the swanky Clift Hotel and opened in 1934, the Redwood Room is one of the oldest bars in the city. High ceilings, a stunning bar made from a 2,000-year-old Redwood, and an Art Deco feel give the space elements of elegance and glamour. The bar stays modern with a rotation of digital artwork and bottle service offerings that attract a club-going clientele.

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12. The European 490 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94102 (Union Square)

From a Top Chef competitor and a drinksmith formerly behind the program at Beretta comes two glorious spots in one: Aveline (an amazing restaurant), and immediately next to it, The European (a complimentary bar). The cocktails are updated takes on Prohibition-era drinks designed to pair beautifully with a menu of shareable snacks and bar food, like smoked trout fritters and burrata that's served with pears and a balsamic reduction.

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13. Buckshot Bar & Gameroom 3848 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118 (Inner Richmond)

Buckshot is a bar/arcade, offering cheap drinks and games like Skee-Ball, darts, shuffleboard, and pool. Be sure to grab a seat at one of their picnic tables, and expect someone to do the worm in that open space in front of the bathrooms.

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14. Geary Club 768 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94109

This Tenderloin bar doesn't have a website, there aren't many photos online, and even the phone number can be hard to track down, but that's all part of what makes the neighborhood dive so legendary. There aren't fancy cocktails, just committed regulars slinging cheap drinks and telling stories about the good old days.

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15. High Tide 600 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94102 (The Tenderloin)

High Tide is a Geary dive that's got a jukebox, pool table, and recommended low-cost liquor drinks.

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16. Trad'r Sam's 6150 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94121

If the full on tiki decor or old school sign (since 1937!) don't get you, the many, heavily spiked "bowls" will. Oh yes, Trad'r Sam's has multiple beverages in bowl form. Go for the scorpion bowl. You will regret it and you will also thank us for suggesting it.

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17. Whiskey Thieves 839 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94109

Aptly named, this relaxed, slightly grungy bar offers an array of whiskies. Bring change for the jukebox.

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18. The Corner Store 5 Masonic Ave, San Francisco, CA 94118 (The Richmond)

The Corner Store is set in a completely renovated space that was once a soda shop and then a speakeasy. Now, it's a 20-seat, outdoor-patio-featuring restaurant dominated by a mix of wood and white tile. The menu mixes things up with both small and large plates, which include lamb shoulder pasta, roasted duck breast, and brioche dinner rolls.

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19. Blarney Stone Bar & Restaurant 5625 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94121

This neighborhood Irish bar offers standard pub fare, great Bloody Marys, and enough outdoor space for fans to watch a Niners game.

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20. Rx 701 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94109 (The Tenderloin)

Rx is a Tenderloin drinkey with a menu inspired by the prohibition-era prescription form for medicinal alcohol. Because, yes, medicinal alcohol used to be a glorious, glorious thing. There are Stimulants, Stress Relievers, Painkillers, Mood Stabilizers, and of course, Classic Remedies. Get comfy in one of the dark booths or cozy couches... or grab a stool at the bar, where the bartender will happily recommend the perfect cocktail for whatever ails you (i.e. not yet having a perfect cocktail).

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21. Boom Boom Room 1601 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94115

Located in the heart of The Fill, Boom Boom Rooms serves as the backbone of San Francisco's blues community. With music six nights a week, this low-light, sultry venue is as real as it gets.

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22. The Original Tommy's joynt 1101 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94109 (Western Addition)

The same families have owned Tommy's Joynt since it opened in 1947, which is why it's pretty much stayed exactly the same. And we mean that in the best way possible. The building is one of most eye-catching in the city and the interior is crowded with sports memorabilia and photographs. None of that is really what matters though. No, Tommy's Joynt is all about the meat. Really good, really affordable plates of delicious meat. You line up, grab a tray, place your order, and then find a spot at a communal table to gobble it all down. $9.75 will get you a platter of either roast beef, BBQ brisket, corned beef, pastrami, ham, or turkey, two sides, and a roll with butter. Doesn't get much better than that.

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23. Edinburgh Castle 950 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94109 (The Tenderloin)

The Edinburgh Castle is far less pretentious that the title would make it seem -- cheap drinks, a fun trivia night, a young crowd, and cheap drinks (it's worth saying twice!) make this a great spot to relax and enjoy some cheap drinks (sorry)!

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24. Tommy's Mexican Restaurant 5929 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94121 (The Richmond)

This authentic Mexican spot has a killer list of only 100% agave tequilas (that represents the entire tequila industry), a staff who will teach you about the stuff, AND a delicious menu to boot. Since opening its doors in 1965, its margarita recipe has stayed the same, proving traditional isn't always a bad thing.

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25. Rye 688 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94102 (The Tenderloin)

This Tendernob spot is easy to pass, but once you’re inside you’ll be greeted by a thorough selection of whiskeys and a delicious array of cocktails. The bartenders here know a thing or two about their craft, and they’ll point you in the direction of some really unique pours. This is a bartender’s bar, where you’ll be sipping cocktails beside other off-duty professional boozehounds. Adorned with exposed brick and lots of sexy wood, this dark and mysterious spot is date-approved.

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26. Benjamin Cooper 398 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94102 (The Tenderloin)

This difficult-to-find boozery in the Tendernob's Hotel G is definitely worth finding -- mostly because of its weekly-changing cocktail menu and cheap oysters, all of which are served in a super industrial space with wall-to-wall-to-ceiling concrete and sleek metal bar stools.

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