Reclaiming the derogatory term college students use for natives of the town they're in, Townie is a 75-seater with 16 local beers on tap (Linden St FTW!), cocktails that focus on simplicity over mixology, and food from a chef with experience at State Bird and Gather... which means a pork belly banh mi, garlic cheese toast, and fries with hot sauce aioli.
Just a couple blocks from Fox Theater comes this neighborhood bar from one of the partners behind Vintage 415. The metal-heavy industrial space is doing cocktails (mostly classics plus a couple newbies -- get The Rum Collins with maraschino liqueur & Schöfferhofer grapefruit beer), plus beer and wine on tap, and skee-ball and Pac-Man... so you know it won't be a ghost (!) town.
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Joe Starkey is Thrillist's San Francisco Editor and would like to sincerely apologize for ever calling anyone a "townie". Except Bryan. He knows why. Follow Joe (not Bryan) on Twitter.