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Good districts and streets for bar/pub-hopping

Where are they?  Open to anything across the board!

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answered first by
Debbie from San Francisco

There are quite a few!  Here are the more popular ones:

  • Mission District -- Walk along Mission St. between 16th and 24th St. and you'll find a ton of bars and restaurants.  Also walk up Valencia St., which is just a bit up from Mission St.  There are also a lot of spots on 16th and on 24th.  The Mission's pretty chill and a lot of places are dive-y.
  • Polk Street -- There are tons of bars up and down Polk St.  Things start to get really lively once you past Geary St. and head towards the water.  After that, there's like a bar or two on every block, on both sides of the street.  Things can get pretty rowdy around here.  Also kind of dive-y.
  • North Beach -- Walk up Columbus towards the Marina.  Starting at around Broadway, you'll start to seeing a lot of bars and restaurants.  There's a mix of nice Italian restaurants and cafes, plus some downright dive bars.  There are also quite a few bars on Grant.
  • Marina District -- By the water.  Lots of bars on Union Street.  Tends to be touristy.  Also known by many locals to be frat'ish and quote, "douchey".  I personally don't mind it so much and I don't want to talk too much smack, so I'll let this article explain.  Just scroll down to Marina:
  • Haight-Ashbury -- There are bars all along Haight, but the best place is in Haight-Ashbury closer towards Golden Gate Park.  It's fairly chill with a mixed crowd here.  The vibe of the bars tends to veer more towards hipster trendy.  Bonus that you can walk in GGP afterward!

Have fun ;)

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answered by
Sunil from Mountain View

My friends and I meet up in SOMA all the time.  There are a bunch of fantastic new bars there and it's becoming a really up and coming neighborhood because of all the startup offices down there.  Here are some of my favorites:

  • District -- mostly wine bar, but they also have beer and cocktails.  More of a lounge.
  • Twenty Five Lusk -- you might also find this as 25 Lusk around the web.  It's a restaurant, but they also have a very large section that's also a bar/lounge.
  • Alchemist Bar & Lounge -- this place is still very new.  Old school speakeasy feel bar.
  • City Beer Store -- this is an awesome one.  You can buy beer there, but you can also drink it there, too, since it's a bar.  It's where my beer snob friend took me.
  • Terroir -- nice wine bar.
  • Bloodhound -- cool bar with neat decor.

FYI, all of these places can get really crowded, even the nice lounges.  Oh, as I mentioned before, this place is around a lot of startups, so you'll be around a lot of very techy people if that matters.

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  6. Bloodhound (attraction)
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answered by
Beverly from San Luis Obispo

I always love the Mission District.  So much fun!  I don't remember the names of any bars specifically, but I just remember that there were a ton in that neighborhood.  My bf and I stayed in downtown, but took the BART train to the 16th Street station.  From there, we just walked all around the neighborhood.  We walked down Mission Street, which was lined with bars, stores and restaurants, and even some of the numbered streets have places on them.  It was really cool to explore.  Have fun!

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