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Why recommend a bleach-scented shithole dive acting as the local greasy spoon for a half-dozen loud drunks? For one, huge back patio's an extraordinary Peninsula/South Bay melting pot, where recent... read more
Worth mentioning for hilariously cheeky, incongruous name alone, but real party gormandizers have softspots for kooky, karaoke dives as a rule. Technically a gay bar, but clientele better understoo... read more
Named for fabled Scottish Infantry regiment that's fought nobly and honorably in just about every European land conflict, but the dignity ends there. Dark, atmospheric small spot on tucked away str... read more
Red naug-a-beast booths ring the bar, forming the sizable dining room at this crowd-pleasing chophouse from Hillstone Group, the folks who bring you Houston's. Like the space, the food is big, basi... read more
Blissfully straightforward concept: beers, burgers, benches. A favorite student hangout and good place to watch a Cardinals/Bears/Giants/Warriors/49ers/Raiders game. Order at the counter in the dar... read more
Slightly divey spot has a kooky countryside manor exterior and cluttered-but-comfortable insides with an outstanding beer selection. British, Irish, Belgian, German beers all vie for space on the t... read more
Hard to describe a filthy, crummy, windowless dive bar as "refreshing" but it's a welcome contrast to some of the spectacularly pretentious restaurants on Castro Street and a great place to have a ... read more
Super comfortable dive bar gets packed out on Fridays and Saturdays with Peninsula locals who can't be bothered to either go north to the city or south to San Jose for a drink and a decent night ou... read more
Around the corner from The French Laundry (arguably one of the country's best restaurants) is Pancha's (arguably one of its worst dive bars). The bar has been run by the same family for three gener... read more
Tucked away in a slightly sketchy strip mall on a side street off El Camino Real, Beefy's is a home-away-from-home for longtime Peninsula residents who couldn't tell you what an "iPhone application... read more
A Menlo Park institution for more than 40 years and the best place to watch the big game, throw back some draughts and chomp their renowned spicy deviled eggs. John Elway and Tiger Woods kicked it ... read more
For a night out with the guys - or a very casual date - this SF classic delivers the goods. Pair a Guinness float with a side of chicken-fried bacon ("what it sounds like") and saunter over to the ... read more
Take the edge off that hour-plus layover in Anchor Steam's clean, modern, almost futuristic restaurant/bar. Elaborate bar menu boasting signature seafood entrees-- crab melt sandwich, crab salad, a... read more
One of the finest steak houses in San Francisco, 5A5 shakes off the stuffiness and gets funky, with a contemporary interior and modern accents on the menu and behind the bar. Order the steak, of co... read more
San Fran comedy club w/ a rotating lineup. read more
One of the more sophisticated outposts of the Osha empire boasts funky wavy walls and modern white plastic chairs. Menu includes contemporary takes on Thai classics - there's really no wrong answer... read more
It seems like the only bright spot in the music industry's otherwise bleak future is skyrocketing sales of vinyl. In honor of this charming aberration, Vinyl wine bar has become San Francisco's coo... read more
A "lusk," should you care to know, is an idle gent, a demographic this SoMa lounge welcomes with open arms. Housed within a 9,800-square-foot former meatpacking plant, the spectacular basement drin... read more
As the gaudy sign outside describes, this is a combination of Persi...
Surreal cocktailing in SoMa. Heady mix of gothic and steampunk deco...
With just 18 seats (plus 12 bar seats), exposed brick, unglaze...
Hakkasan takes its Cantonese cuisine west with signature swanky sty...
The storied New Orleans venue named after the legendary band has ma...