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1. The Wreck Room1390 California St., San Francisco
2. Golden Gate Tap Room449 Powell St, San Francisco
3. The Hidden Vine408 Merchant St, San Francisco
4. Soda Popinski1548 California St, San Francisco
5. S&R Lounge55 5th St, San Francisco
6. Bloodhound1145 Folsom St, San Francisco
7. The Willows1582 Folsom St, San Francisco
8. Rickshaw Stop155 Fell St, San Francisco
This low-key sports bar located mid-California Hill is reliably busy on (important) game days, but if there's no competitive action on the TV you at least have darts, shuffleboard, and pool at your disposal to get your fix. As far as food goes, they don't have any! But they do let you bring it in from the outside, so hit the nearby Trader Joe's on the way in or order yourself some delivery so as not to interrupt your shuffleboard game.
A bar with games like skee-ball, shuffleboard (regulation-length!), and Simpsons pinball, plus pub fare like potato chip nachos (!), plus ONE HUNDRED BEERS.
Because nothing complements bocce like 800+ bottles of wine, hit the FiDi's brick-laden wine tavern tucked away in a somewhat hidden alley (get it?) for wine flights, the type of sustenance you'd expect to pair with wine flights (cheese, charcuterie, flatbreads, etc.), and, oh yeah, bocce! Take note: there's a $100 minimum for an hour of bocce time, so arrive hungry and thirsty.
This Russian-themed bar off of Polk Street is great for a gang of friends who are into dive bars, red-lighting, and pickle back shots. Soda Popinski has old-school Mario games to play and a “Russian Roulette"-- which, for the price of a nice cocktail, you can spin to win drink deals or a glass boot filled with a Moscow Mule. The bar also offers guest bartending for fundraising events, where all tips go to your charity of choice.
With a kickass cocktail list and food designed by Park Tavern/Marlowe chef Jennifer Puccio, S&R's a SOMA loungy bar in Hotel Zetta with an entire "Playroom" dedicated to childhood games made adult-size, like an enormous Plinko board that uses soccer balls (!).
Bloodhound, located right in SoMa, is a hip, rustic take on San Francisco’s ever-evolving dive bar scene. Beneath a ceiling painted with feathered fauna is a bar complete with reclaimed wood, decorative antlers, and talented drink slingers who are just as willing to toss you a Tecate as they are a signature craft cocktail. Play some pool, gnaw on some jerky, and throw back a few Mason jars full of delicious drinks.
Offering regional and rare beers, The Willows is a favorite for locals and San Francisco transplants alike. Throw in some lamb sliders, maple bourbon-glazed pork belly donuts, and a bottomless mimosa brunch deal, and it's a surprise this space is able to maintain its relaxed atmosphere. Complete with a craft beer room and tucked-away booths, The Willows is a perfect place for a date or a chill night with friends.
Richshaw Stop is a a concert venue hosted in a TV studio, featuring original rickshas (three-wheeled hooded bikes), skee-ball, high ceilings, and red curtains. RS has been hosting both local and national indie bands and DJs since 2004, and the intimate venue certainly knows how to rock a show.