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Yes, San Francisco is a foodie town, but all foodies like a little liquid with or the meal..or before their meal...or after their meal. The city has some great spots to enjoy unique beverages in interesting surroundings.
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Hayes Valley, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA
Amelie wine bar has a great happy hour! 3 generous "samples" of different wines to keep you happy! Wonderful atmosphere, good people, loads of fun!
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155 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
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A San Franciscan watering hole since 1907, Comstock Saloon serves up classic cocktails (think Negronis and Manhattans) in the buzzing North Beach neighborhood. The bar is run by the bartending duo of Jeff Hollinger and Jonny Raglin, previously of...
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563 2nd St, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA
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Kick back, relax, and enjoy their rotating beers on tap. Great atmosphere to catch games - especially when the Giants are playing. And the thing to get here - Watermelon Beer. It is indeed as good as it sounds (pictures on the right).
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1600 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
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On North Beach square, Caffe Divine hosts an eclectic offering of live music. A favorite is the Ragtime Guitar ensemble singing from the tables each wednesday.
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601 Vallejo St, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
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Caffe Trieste is hardly a "hidden gem" some may even say it's a tourist trap, but considering the amount of locals that came in, and I'm not talking about young hipsters only, it's worth ambling in. Moody, atmospheric, original. Sit upfront by the...
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450 Powell St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA
Scout, the 8-foot-tall red Beefeater mascot, is for Bar Drake at Sir Francis Drake Hotel what Golden Gate Bridge is for San Francisco: a historical blend of practicality and visual drama. On the practical side, Scout makes sure that the guests at...
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75 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr, San Francisco, CA CA 94118, USA

While Japanese gardens have come to be an expected feature of many botanical parks around the world, the Japanese Tea Garden, which opened in 1894, was the first public tea garden in the United States. The original plot consisted of less than half...

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1725 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117, USA
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The Alembic’s pink quail eggs are pickled overnight in coriander, allspice, and clove. They’re tangy on the outside, creamy on the inside, and beg for a Sazerac or bitter beer. For more drinking tips, check out our feature "How to...
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730 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA
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Overlooking Yerba Buena Gardens is a wonderful tea café called Samovar. This is the place for tea connoisseurs as they offer tea varieties from all over the world as well as limited edition teas. Samovar also offers tea and food pairings...
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Lower Nob Hill, San Francisco, CA, USA
Bourbon and Branch is a traditional speakeasy. Their 8 house rules—hushed voices and no cell phones among them—encourage neighborly conversation in a very relaxed setting. It's a great way to meet people if you're traveling alone as...
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3845 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
St. Mary's Pub in the Bernal Heights neighborhood serves the types of spicy Bloody Marys that get the blood flowing. There's a menu of seven flavors, including Southwestern with chipotle and Japanese with wasabi. At the side of the bar, there's a...
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8 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94105, USA
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In a city renowned for its "gastro-this" and "fusion-that," it was a surprise that my decadent waterfront meal at the Americano ended with a simple dessert. Simple, I soon learned, only at first glance. What looks like a standard ice cream...
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1754 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109, USA
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Ok, not everyone is French. But everyone has an accent of some sort. And most of the waiters are good-looking, major plus. Other than that, this place has an amazing wine list and delicious food, not to mention that their happy hour is one of the...
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620 Jones St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA
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This is Jones—home of the best place to sit outside for happy hour in the city! They have excellent food and even better drink specials. Make sure you sit outside or on the second level deck.
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620 Treat Ave, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
This 15-barrel on site brewery creates a wonderful variety of house brews that go swimmingly with chef Corey Walsh's beer influenced culinary skills. Come hungry and thirsty, stay late and enjoy the ample indoor and outdoor communal seating areas....
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1725 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117, USA
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The Alembic Bar is the perfect place to stop in for lunch and a drink when you're shopping on Haight Street. We always get snacks like the pickled quail eggs and sumac potato chips with yogurt dipping sauce, a sandwich (I love the beer-battered...
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8 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94105, USA
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With a stunning view of the Bay Bridge, stylish design, and an easygoing vibe, the Americano Bar is an ideal spot for an end-of-the-day drink. The promise of outstanding cocktails lures in a mix of San Franciscans—suited businessmen from the...