You’re going to go out in the mission. here are the best bars in the area.
This neighborhood is huge, and you could buy a map and some push pins and start working your way from bar to bar trying to find your favorites. But that energy is probably better spent elsewhere, like learning how to play the clarinet or figuring out how to convince people the clarinet is cool after you spent all that money on lessons. Use this guide instead. The cocktail list is long and we especially like the Robo Geisha, though if you want a more standard drink, their house martinis are the size of about two and a half full drinks.
And because great music or questionable comedy are both better with drinks, Amnesia has a solid selection of craft beers to choose from.
The menu changes pretty often, but you can always count on whatever you get to be worth talking about with whoever else made it to 2am. Aside from that, this place has just about every kind of person you could imagine coming across inside a bar, from lifers to recent gr still breaking in their first puffy vests.
Trick Dog is one of our favorite bars for starting or ending a night in the Mission. The menu changes regularly, but the cocktails always run along a central theme, like SF restaurant cookbooks, neighborhoods around the city, or horoscopes like a Libra with dill, egg white, and matcha. The choices can be a lot to take in, but the bartenders are always willing to help you find the right drink.
Standard Deviant is sort of like a smaller, more laid-back Southern Pacific. Come here with a few friends, grab a picnic table inside and some beers, and choose a board game from the stack to play while you try pours of every beer they have to offer. ABV is a great get-to-know-you bar.
Nihon is dark, lounge-y, and has a ton of fancy Japanese whiskey. The bartenders are super knowledgeable and all the cocktails are great.
The upstairs area is also a fun place for a bigger group to hang out and discuss the pros and cons of finally moving to the Mission like you always say you want to. This spot has lots of outdoor tables for day drinking, and a good inside area for when the weather inevitably turns and you forgot your jacket.
Most importantly, the beer list would make Pliny the Younger jump for joy. If you get that joke, you will be obsessed with this place.
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If San Francisco has one classic rooftop, this would probably be it. The patio gives you an insane view of the entire city from the Mission, the margaritas are solid, and if you get hungry, they have great carnitas. On days when you want to reaffirm that moving to SF was the right call, coming here will do that as soon as you step outside.
A chill neighborhood bar that allows for hangouts over craft brews with friends. Drink your way through the cocktail list while you make up your own sport of watching the people who planned ahead bowl poorly. Home Cities Pick the perfect spot for every situation. Travel Guides Plan your trip and eat like locals.
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