Although it’s the shortest month of the year, February managed to pack in some serious tastiness with OMG-this-is-my-new-spot-type openings. Maybe Leap Day William is responsible? It's too early to call it, but several of 2016’s best new spots could very well be on this list, which boasts late-night menus, hotly anticipated ramen, swanky happy hour spots, and the Tiki bar to end all Tiki bars. Here are this month's essential new openings.

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Pagan Idol

Financial District

The Bourbon & Branch guys opened the Tiki bar of our dreams last week. Read all about it or just take our word and treat yourself to an amazing mini-vacation after work.

Corridor Cafe

Civic Center

The team behind high-end sit-down faves Trestle and Stones Throw have set their sights on perfecting the fast-casual breakfast, and their bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich comes pretty close, due in part to its scallion creme fraiche topping and flaky toasted Firebrand croissant. The sleek, standing room-only cafe offers sidewalk seating, and caters to the recently renovated housing at 100 Van Ness. The area around here is getting seriously revamped, and has recently become home to jazz club Mr. Tipple's, as well as fine-dining restaurant Cadence -- a little village is emerging here, joining the likes of Philz up the street. While the LA-based LAMILL coffee served at Corridor can’t compete with the local pour-over favorite, guests can enjoy excellent specialty coffee drinks like salted caramel lattes, as well as to-go sandwiches and Firebrand pastries.

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The Treasury

Financial District

Move over, reclaimed wood: gilded glamour is back, thanks to this elegant cocktail bar set in an historic Beaux Arts building. With its soaring, double-height ceilings and globed lighting hung like delicate jewelry, you’ll forget about your penchant for Edison bulbs. This place isn't just a pretty piece of sparkle, either: the drinks and high-rollin’ bar bites, including caviar ($79-$150) and one delicious crab roll, are a step above, as well -- thanks to a trio of industry vets at the helm, all of whom hail from hotspots such as E&O, Range, Third Rail, A16, and Absinthe. While the signature cocktails from well-known bartender Carlos Yturria (Range, Absinthe) are all worth a try, as well as delightful to order (who doesn’t want to say, "I’ll have the Giggle Water, please"?), our favorite is the Standard Oil, featuring rye whiskey, Dolin rouge vermouth, Drambuie, and coffee bitters. This spot is the new crown jewel of the FiDi.

Mensho Tokyo

Tenderloin

We've been anticipating Tokyo’s most acclaimed ramen shop to make its stateside debut for more than a year -- and now it’s finally here! Just don’t expect your wait for rich, pork-filled tonkotsu or creative lamb- and foie gras-filled ramen to be over quite yet. You'll have to get in line first -- and it’s been known to wrap around Tenderloin blocks and reach past the two-hour mark.

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Leo's Oyster Bar

Financial District

While The Treasury brings gilded glamour, Leo's Oyster Bar (the newest project from the team behind Park Tavern, Cavalier, and Marlowe) pays homage to another golden age of cocktails, thanks to its swanky mid-century vibe and exotic Hawaiian touches (think lush ferns against mahogany paneling, whimsical floral patterns, and mother-of-pearl chandeliers). Meanwhile, three bars (raw, cocktail, and Champagne) and cozy banquettes beckon you away from your desk for an early happy hour. If you're in the mood to lunch it up like Roger Sterling, you can derail your day earlier than usual with Mr. Nicholas' Liquid Lunch cocktail, a top-shelf martini served with olives and pickled vegetables -- which doubles as a great start to dinner.

Ho's Bootleg Tavern

Russian Hill

In a neighborhood woefully devoid of late-night food -- and edge -- this dive bar savior is set on letting you "party like it's 2010" with pre-housing-crisis prices on fun, strictly non-mixology drinks like icebergs and frozen margaritas. But wait, it gets better: in a nod to the spaces former life as a Chinese restaurant, the bar just unveiled its menu of bar bites, featuring pops of Asian flair, such as furikake popcorn, spicy chicken wings, and a late-night ramen menu that starts at 1am and runs until 3 -- or until the kitchen runs out. Yep, this is everyone's new favorite.

Matador

Tendernob

In other completely clutch food news, delicious mid-range Mexican finally exists outside of the Mission, thanks to this stylish taco and tequila bar, which moved into the former Sugar Cafe space. Enjoy massive frozen margaritas, appetizers like queso fundido and inventive crudo, and seven tacos -- all from the same chef as SoMa's Tres. The vibe is Mexico City-cool here too, featuring a large painting of a female matador, vintage Mexican movies projected on the walls above the windows, and the team's vintage family photos lining the walls.

The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen

The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen

Jackson Square

This is the best grilled cheese in America (almost literally): the co-founder has won seven national grilled cheese championships. These guys just moved into Jackson Square, bringing the underserved FiDi and North Beach neighborhoods loads of cheesy deliciousness, and not just in the form of their classic Mousetrap sandwich -- the location also offers amazing made-to-order breakfast grilled cheese sandwiches, homemade biscuits and muffins, and avocado toast with a fried egg. In an area -- dare we say a city -- starved for easy, fast-casual breakfast, this is fantastic news. If you feel like you've heard of this spot before, you have -- it's been slinging upscale grilled cheese and perfect tomato soup in SoMa since 2010 and in the Mission since 2013. And if you've been in an Urban Outfitters or Anthropologie recently, you probably spotted its newly released cookbook on the shelves -- which perhaps made you think, "Yes, I do need more grilled cheese in my life." And as the new location expands its seating and hours in the coming weeks, you certainly won't have to worry about a cheesiness shortage.

Okane

SoMa

Veteran restaurateur Kash Feng, owner of Omakase, opened this lively izakaya shortly after his previous concept Origami -- which promised speedy, healthy Asian food -- failed to lure tech workers from their desks. This time, he's offering Omakase-trained chefs and ingredients flown in from Tokyo's renowned Tsukiji fish market, a concept which seems to be doing a better job at filling the area’s good-food void, especially since Okane’s prices are considerably lower than its Michelin-starred sister restaurant -- but it still delivers on quality and atmosphere.

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Amy Copperman is a regular contributor to Thrillist and all her new go-tos are on this list. See where she's eating and drinking on Instagram: @coppergirl.

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1. Pagan Idol 375 Bush St, San Francisco, CA 94104 (Downtown)

San Francisco heathens, you've just found your next watering hole. Pagan Idol is a devilishly fun, over the top tiki bar and lounge, brought to you by the folks who've helmed Bourbon and Branch, Devil’s Acre, Local Edition, and Rickhouse. At Pagan Idol, the drinks are strong, the rooms are themed (get thee to the rain room, stat), and the crowds are sure to be wild.

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2. The Treasury 115 Sansome St, San Francisco, CA 94104 (Financial District)

Industry vets have combined forces at this new, posh bar/restaurant inside a historic building that once served as the headquarters of Standard Oil Co. Chefs Arnold Eric Wong (Bacar, Eos, E&O Asian Kitchen) and Phil West (chef/co-owner of Range) joined bartender Carlos Yturria (Harry Denton’s Starlight Room, Range and Absinthe) to create something for everyone: seasonal cocktails, rose on tap, champagne and a large section of bar bites that range from tater tots to chicken liver mousse.

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3. Mensho Tokyo 676 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94102 (The Tenderloin)

The first location outside of Japan, Mensho Tokyo's Tenderloin slurp shop brings Western-style broths to The Golden Gate City. Three styles are offered here: ramen, tsukemen (in which noodles are served separately) and mazesoba (noodles without broth). Lines are typically long, and for good reason: this is some of the best ramen in SF.

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4. Leo's Oyster Bar 568 Sacramento St, San Francisco, CA 94111 (Financial District)

From the team behind Park Tavern, Cavalier, and Marlowe, Leo's has a swanky mid-century vibe and exotic Hawaiian touches (think lush ferns against mahogany paneling, whimsical floral patterns, and mother-of-pearl chandeliers). Meanwhile, three bars (raw, cocktail, and Champagne) and cozy banquettes beckon you away from your desk for an early happy hour. If you're in the mood to lunch it up like Roger Sterling, you can derail your day earlier than usual with Mr. Nicholas' Liquid Lunch cocktail, a top-shelf martini served with olives and pickled vegetables -- which doubles as a great start to dinner.

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5. Ho's Bootleg Tavern 2360 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94109 (Russian Hill)

This homey cocktail bar on Van Ness is the perfect neighborhood spot for a laid-back date night. It's got some great BBQ sandwiches, a handful of beers on tap, and a good selection of house cocktails (with an emphasis on whiskey). And, with a number of TVs lining the walls, you're sure to never have a dull moment.

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6. Matador 679 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94109

This upscale, Tendernob taco bar and tequileria offers inventive Mexican appetizers and entrees in open, modern digs. Vintage Mexican movies projected on the walls and a large painting of a female matador set the vibe, along with the venues call to fame: large goblets of frozen margaritas and a variety of other mezcal mixes.

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7. The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen 799 Battery St, San Francisco, CA 94111 (Jackson Square)

The third location of this small SF chain is just as magical as the other two, with seven-time award winning cheesy creations. And although creative grilled cheese is the main event, the Kitchen also doles out (naturally), tomato soup. Customers can also enjoy fast/casual breakfast sandwiches, muffins, homemade biscuits, and avocado toast at this Jackson Square outpost.

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8. Okane 669 Townsend St, San Francisco, CA 94103 (Soma)

Veteran restaurateur Kash Feng, owner of Omakase, opened this lively izakaya shortly after his previous concept Origami -- which promised speedy, healthy Asian food -- failed to lure tech workers from their desks. This time, he's offering Omakase-trained chefs and ingredients flown in from Tokyo's renowned Tsukiji fish market, a concept which seems to be doing a better job at filling the area’s good-food void, especially since Okane’s prices are considerably lower than its Michelin-starred sister restaurant -- but it still delivers on quality and atmosphere.

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9. Corridor 100 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102 (Civic Center)

Civic Center's bright and contemporary Corridor stands as two venues in one: an Italian-influenced full-service restaurant, and an adjacent standing room-only cafe with espresso, pastries, and light bites. If you're on-the-go, a latte (available in extra-sweet variations like cinnamon toast crunch and salted caramel) and a Firebrand pastry will suffice. Meanwhile, the restaurant serves heavier, more indulgent meals like savory monkey bread with cheddar, chive oil, and basil aioli, and mains like garganelli bolonese and vegetable pot pie.

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