Are you looking to discover the best bars in San Francisco?
Then we have you covered!
On this page, you’ll find the official shortlist of all the bars in San Francisco. (More in-depth further below). And, each with why it’s best to go.
Feel free to check out each bar’s official profile to find out more and to find out which is best for you.
We’ve also created separate shortlists for each genre you might like to visit on your time out.
Furthermore, you can get on the guest list or book a table with bottle service on some of the more exclusive bars. We are happy to help you out with either.
1. Aunt Charlie’s Lounge San Francisco
Aunt Charlie’s Lounge is Eclectic Tenderloin gay bar known for really cheap drinks and drag shows on select evenings. Aunt Charlie’s Lounge is open Monday through Friday Noon to Midnight, Saturday 10:00 am to Midnight, and Sunday 10:00 am to Midnight.
2. Beaux San Francisco
Beaux, the French word for “boyfriends,” is one of Castro’s premier LGBTQIA+ venues. Now open fully seven days and nights a week with no restrictions, they offer a 2-for-1 cocktail Happy hour Monday – Friday 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, and a party every night of the week starting at 9:00 pm. Beaux transforms from a craft cocktail lounge by day into a full dance club with revolving themed parties at night, a few being Vamp Mondays, Pan Dulce Wednesdays, Manimal Fridays, and Big Top Sundays, which features the stars of RuPaul’s Drag Race. For those who live in town, want to dance, and are too embarrassed to be seen at Badlands or Toad Hall, there’s Beaux. It’s a little West Hollywood mixed with a bit of Millennial San Francisco, and it’s the first stop of all the Rupaul’s Drag Race stars whenever they pass through town. Wednesdays are Latin nights, Thursdays draw the biggest local crowd and are focused on ’90s and 2000s top-forty remixes, while weekends tend to bring in LGBTQ kids (and their friends) from all over the Bay for crowded, boozy dance parties that always go ’till 2am.
3. Local Tap San Francisco
Highly recommend it if you’re looking for a good spot to watch a game with great food and drinks! They also have some decent game day specials! Practically “in the show” of Oracle Park, Local Tap is a fun and lively bar & grill located between the SOMA and South Beach neighborhoods in the heart of San Francisco. Neighborhood tavern for sports, drinks, and few New American bites in spacious second-floor digs. Established in 2015. Although new ownership and a remodel, there is history infused in the bar’s new decor. The front corner features a collection of black-and-white photographs paying homage to the bar’s original owners, and the current landlords, Ken and Jerry.
4. Patriot House San Francisco
Patriot House is a neighborhood tavern known for its American fare, happy hours and American decor of founding fathers. Welcome to Patriot House, an American gastropub. They’re four Irish sisters who have been in the American bar and restaurant business for over 15 years. They’ve worked hard to rebrand and refurbish The Holding Company, after 39 years in the Embarcadero Center, so that you’ll find a warm and inviting place to be with friends, co-workers and loved ones.
5. Recovery Room San Francisco
Recovery Room is a nice local sports bar in San Francisco.
6. The Kezar Pub San Francisco
Are you looking for an amazing sports bar in San Francisco? The Kezar Pub is the place to be. The Kezar Pub is San Francisco’s most well-known sports bar located directly across the street from Kezar stadium. The Kezar Pub shows just about every sporting event imaginable, from European rugby to international tennis matches.
7. Bartlett Hall San Francisco
Bartlett Hall captures the essence of San Francisco in the form of food, drink, and good times. Situated amid the hustle and bustle of San Francisco’s Union Square, the gastropub and brewery fuse the city’s historic elements with its present-day lively personality – serving as an authentic reflection of San Francisco where quality, comfort, and craft reign supreme.
8. The Valley Tavern San Francisco
Sports fans pack this hangout with many TVs, beers on tap, free food on some game nights and a patio. The Valley Tavern is a sports centric bar in San Francisco.