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1. The Crafty Fox Ale House 1700 Mission, San Francisco, CA 94103 (The Mission)

The Crafty Fox has got 36 California-leaning beers on tap behind its copper topped bar, many of which you can't find in San Francisco outside this upscale Irish-style pub. Plus, the bar snacks are killer - we're talking grilled octopus, fried rabbit, and avocado tempura - all of which you can enjoy alongside the floor-to-ceiling windows that line most of the space.

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2. Old Bus Tavern 3193 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

This casual gastropub in Bernal Heights serves game-changing drinks and eats in a cool, friendly atmosphere. For starters, the bar's 14 taps are split between OTB beers brewed in-house and a rotating selection of local craft ones. The food menu, which has a four-course tasting option, is too good to be considered basic pub fare. The desserts are listed simply by flavor ("chocolate" and "vanilla") and are thoughtful, complex, and downright unforgettable. Old Bus Tavern's menu will tempt you to order everything on it.

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3. Dirty Water 1355 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94103

This chic brewery/restaurant/cocktail bar is the go-to spot for after-work drinks and business lunch in the Twitter building. The menu was created by chef Jared Gallagher (of Michelin-starred Chez TJ) and you will be ordering The Long Strange Trip cocktail and a Pig Ear Fritto Misto.

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4. Smitten Ice Cream 2404 California Ave, San Francisco, CA 94115 (Pacific Heights)

Smitten ice cream is high-tech and made-to-order in this second San Francisco location. The benches are made from Radio Flyer wagons and the lights from milk bottles, transporting you back to simpler, childhood days while the Brrr machine flash-freezes your seasonal flavor of choice (we suggest Strawberry White Balsamic when you can get it).

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5. b. on the go 2794 California St, San Francisco, CA 94115 (Pacific Heights)

You know its good when the masses force the owners to open up another location across the street from the first - but this time with more! From B. Patisserie is B. on the go, a small, grab-and-go spot with sandwiches, salads and, of course, pastries.

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6. Black Sands Brewery 701 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117 (Lower Haight)

Breakfast and beer. What more do you really need? Black Sand Brewery offers up breakfast, beer (in the form of three house-made brews and three "guest" beers), lunch and espresso. If you need a recommendation, get the breakfast torta and a, um, beer.

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7. TSK/TSK 528 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117

TSK/TSK is the temporary, pop-up bar answer to our impatience in waiting for owners Justin Lew and Ian Scalzo (of Bourbon and Branch) to open Horsefeather on Divisadero. It's no frills with delicious and hilariously named boozie slushies, like the Beet Down.

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8. THE SPICE JAR 2500 Bryant St, San Francisco, CA 94110 (The Mission)

This cozy, asian fusion spot offers moderately priced eats that are familiar - but with a twist. Sample small plates like Edamame Hummus and Portabello Mushroom Tempura, or order family-style dishes like Hangar Steak BBQ Mushu Wraps, Mongolian Lamb, or Seven-Spiced Salmon.