A lot of good things happened in SF in November: we finally got some much-needed rain, the Raiders got their very first win of the season (what? It was adorable!), and eight new bars and restaurants opened, armed with everything from Duck Hunt, to dim sum, to tap cocktails.

Erin Conger

Hapa Ramen

The Mission
After four years of pop-ups, Hapa Ramen finally has a permanent home, which means you finally have a permanent place to slurp up flavorful bowls of ramen, buttermilk fried chicken steamed buns (wut), and a Polynesian-inspired cocktail menu with a Hilo Gimlet that's made with Hawaiian Punch.
 

Rx

Tenderloin
Finally, a bar that makes getting a taste of your own medicine a good thing. Rx is a new Tenderloin drinkery 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).

Tender

Tender

Tenderloin
When you're in the mood for a low-key evening with delicious wine (or beer, but mostly wine) and snacks (cheese and charcuterie, of course), head directly to Tender, a small space in, that's right: Pac Heigh... wait, no... The Tenderloin (there we go) with 20+ wines on tap, a cozy upstairs lounge, and three varieties of Drake's beer. And the brass taps aren't just pretty to look at: they also ensure that you can get your wine by the glass and half or full carafe. So... full.

Drew Altizer

Crystal Jade Jiang Nan

The Embarcadero
With a 200-seat dining room, a 4,000sqft terrace that overlooks the bay, a separate bar and lounge area, and a to-go counter at street level, this might be (has to be) San Francisco's largest restaurant. It also has a huge menu, so whether you want dim sum, fresh seafood, Peking duck, or just a really good selection of Japanese whiskies, it's got you awesomely covered.

Tap 415

TAP (415)

Union Square
Whether you like it or not, there are times when you end up at the mall. Especially in the coming weeks. But now you actually have something to look forward to, specifically: TAP (415), a modern American eatery that's got all of your old favorites (burgers, pastrami sandwiches), a bunch of your new favorites (bacon-wrapped mini frankfurters, gulf prawn corn dog), 20 taps (12 for beer, six for wine, and two for cocktails), a dozen TVs, and... adult milkshakes. Oh, and TAP (415) has mobile device charging areas at each table and at the bar -- where you can sit and do all of your holiday shopping ONLINE like a normal person.
 

Rintaro

The Mission
Chez Panisse alum Sylvan Mishima Brackett brings Tokyo izakaya to San Francisco in a zen space (that used to be Chez Spencer, but that you won't recognize as such). The food is so pretty, you almost don't want to eat it. But then you eat it because: omgsogood. Right now the 60-seat spot doesn't take reservations, but soon they'll accept them for the booths only. You're going to want to make one, because this place is going to be hard to get into. For good reason.

Game

Game

Nob Hill
Elegance goes on an adventure in this new restaurant from the husband-and-wife team behind Michelin-starred All Spice. As in, you can get a burger, but it will be an elk burger. Or, if you're not feeling like a burger (which makes no sense), you can order a whole braised goat. Everything is meant to be both exotic and whimsical, including the decor. Keep an eye out for the wine cart, which serves wines by the glass from the 2,700-bottle wine cellar. Not a wine drinker? They also have craft cocktails. Of course.

Daisy Barringer

Jackalope

Polk Gulch
Jackalope is without a doubt your new go-to watering hole for a few reasons: Duck Hunt in the upstairs lounge (which can be rented out to groups of 15-20), craft cocktails for $10, "Shot n' Beer Back" pairings for $9 (you'll order the San Francisco Treat: a shot of Fernet and an Anchor California Lager), a super chill vibe, and... PLINKO. Yup, the bar has its very own version of Plinko. $10 gets you the chance to win seven different boozy prizes... or some Unicorn Tears. What? There's no reward without a little risk.

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Daisy Barringer is Thrillist's SF Editor and though she is sad every day that she will never get to live her dream of playing Plinko with Bob Barker, the Plinko at Jackalope is slowly, but surely helping her cope. Follow her on Twitter @daisy.

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1. Hapa Ramen 2293 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110 (Mission Bay)

Hapa Ramen, in their first permanent home, is the ideal place to slurp up flavorful bowls of ramen, munch on buttermilk fried chicken steamed buns (wut), and down a Polynesian-inspired cocktail menu with a Hi Lo Gimlet that's made with Hawaiian Punch.

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2. 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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3. Tender 854 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94109 (The Tenderloin)

When you're in the mood for a low-key evening with delicious wine (or beer, but mostly wine) and snacks (cheese and charcuterie, of course), head directly to Tender. This small space in the Tenderloin has 20+ wines on tap, a cozy upstairs lounge, and three varieties of Drake's beer.

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4. Crystal Jade Jiang Nan 4 Embarcadero Ctr, San Francisco, CA 94111 (Financial District)

The first U.S. outpost of a famous Asian restaurant chain is nothing if not opulent – developers reportedly sank $14 million into this 20,000-square-foot Dim Sum/Cantonese restaurant with stunning views at Embarcadero Center. Try the whole prawns, seared scallops in special sauce or pork dumplings while you gaze out at the Bay Bridge and Ferry Building.

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5. TAP (415) 845 Market St Suite #495, San Francisco, CA 94103 (Union Square)

Whether you like it or not, there are times you end up at the mall. But there's actually have something to look forward to when you stop by the Westfield mall: TAP (415), a modern American eatery that's got all of your old favorites (burgers, pastrami sandwiches), a bunch of your new favorites (bacon wrapped mini frankfurters, gulf prawn corn dog), 20 taps (12 for beer, 6 for wine, and 2 for cocktails), a dozen TVs, and... adult milkshakes.

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6. Izakaya Rintaro 82 14th St, San Francisco, CA 94103 (The Mission)

Even though it's tucked between two unassuming buildings in The Mission and nestled close to the freeway, you’d still be surprised at how serene an oasis Izakaya Rintaro is. Reminiscent of a treehouse, the 60-seat space serves gorgeously prepared izakaya from a Chez Panisse alum. Warm your palate by sipping on a light cocktail made with ume plum liqueur, and then dig into fresh-from-the-waters sashimi, skewers of juicy chicken, hand-rolled udon in fish broth, and light-as-air tamago (layers of thin egg that you can watch your chef preparing from the open kitchen).

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7. Game 648 Bush St, San Francisco, CA 94108 (Nob Hill)

Elegance goes on an adventure in this restaurant from the husband-and-wife team behind Michelin-starred All Spice. As in, you can get a burger, but it will be an elk burger. Or, if you're not feeling like a burger (which makes no sense), you can order a whole braised goat. Everything is meant to be both exotic and whimsical, including the decor. Keep an eye out for the wine cart, which serves wines by the glass from the 2,700-bottle wine cellar. Not a wine drinker? They also have craft cocktails. Of course.

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8. Jackalope 1092 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94109 (The Tenderloin)

This bar has a Duck Hunt party room, excellent cocktails, and a Plinko board for drink specials -- plus, it's named for one of the sweetest (supposedly) mythical creatures around.

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