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S.F. Chronicle's Top 100 Bars
123 Bolinas is one of S.F. Chronicle's Top 100 Bars.

1. 123 Bolinas

7.5
123 Bolinas Rd (Center), Fairfax, CA
Wine Bar · 9 tips and reviews

SFGate M.SFGate Manager: The strength of the wine list is its concentration of small, mostly California, producers.

15 Romolo is one of S.F. Chronicle's Top 100 Bars.

2. 15 Romolo

8.4
15 Romolo Pl (btwn Fresno St & Broadway), San Francisco, CA
Cocktail Bar · North Beach · 214 tips and reviews

SFGate M.SFGate Manager: Going on off days (or off hours) is the way to enjoy some of the best cocktails in the hood.

Adesso is one of S.F. Chronicle's Top 100 Bars.

3. Adesso

4395 Piedmont Ave (at Pleasant Valley Ave), Oakland, CA
Italian Restaurant · Piedmont Avenue · 40 tips and reviews

SFGate M.SFGate Manager: Early in the evening and late at night, look for free platters of salumi to go with the cocktails and wine.

Albatross Pub is one of S.F. Chronicle's Top 100 Bars.

4. Albatross Pub

1822 San Pablo Ave (at Hearst), Berkeley, CA
Pub · 55 tips and reviews

SFGate M.SFGate Manager: Don't miss the Belgian beers and bottomless $1 popcorn.

Americano Restaurant & Bar is one of S.F. Chronicle's Top 100 Bars.

5. Americano Restaurant & Bar

6.9
8 Mission St (at The Embarcadero), San Francisco, CA
Bar · Financial District · 88 tips and reviews

SFGate M.SFGate Manager: It's all about the outdoor patio at this FiDi power spot at the Hotel Vitale.

Antonio's Nut House is one of S.F. Chronicle's Top 100 Bars.

6. Antonio's Nut House

6.2
321 S California Ave (at Birch St), Palo Alto, CA
Dive Bar · 76 tips and reviews

SFGate M.SFGate Manager: Don't miss the Manhattan on the rocks with Early Times, and one of the several beers on tap.

Zam Zam is one of S.F. Chronicle's Top 100 Bars.

7. Zam Zam

8.0
1633 Haight St (at Clayton St), San Francisco, CA
Dive Bar · Haight Ashbury · 22 tips and reviews

SFGate M.SFGate Manager: Politely sidle into any of the 16 seats and be reminded of the simplicity of a great drink.

Bar Agricole is one of S.F. Chronicle's Top 100 Bars.

8. Bar Agricole

355 11th St (at Folsom St), San Francisco, CA
Cocktail Bar · SoMa · 217 tips and reviews

SFGate M.SFGate Manager: The cocktail ingredients are made from scratch, and care is taken with every detail, down to five types of ice.

Beer Revolution is one of S.F. Chronicle's Top 100 Bars.

9. Beer Revolution

8.8
464 3rd St (at Broadway), Oakland, CA
Beer Garden · Produce and Waterfront · 103 tips and reviews

SFGate M.SFGate Manager: They have an excellent selection of local beers, plus hard-to-find beers from all over the world. Bonus: Sunday barbecues on the bar's glorious patio.

Beretta is one of S.F. Chronicle's Top 100 Bars.

10. Beretta

9.1
1199 Valencia St (at 23rd St), San Francisco, CA
Italian Restaurant · Mission District · 488 tips and reviews

SFGate M.SFGate Manager: Bar manager Ryan Fitzgerald holds regular cocktail classes where participants have their own stations and get hands-on experience in mixology.

Bergamot Alley Bar & Wine Merchants is one of S.F. Chronicle's Top 100 Bars.

11. Bergamot Alley Bar & Wine Merchants

328 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg, CA
Wine Bar · 18 tips and reviews

SFGate M.SFGate Manager: Don't miss the beer selection and the reserve wine room.

Big 4 Restaurant is one of S.F. Chronicle's Top 100 Bars.

12. Big 4 Restaurant

8.6
1075 California St (at Taylor St), San Francisco, CA
American Restaurant · Nob Hill · 56 tips and reviews

SFGate M.SFGate Manager: Live piano music, a chicken pot pie from chef Gloria Ciccarone-Nehls and martinis made with Anchor Distilling's Junipero gin complete the experience of this quintessential Nob Hill power spot.

Bix is one of S.F. Chronicle's Top 100 Bars.

13. Bix

8.7
56 Gold St (btw Montgomery & Sansome), San Francisco, CA
New American Restaurant · Jackson Square · 108 tips and reviews

SFGate M.SFGate Manager: You might linger over snacks like harissa-spiked lamb sliders to fortify yourself. But even a quick pit stop for one of Bix's stiff, proper drinks is a true San Francisco treat.

Boot & Shoe Service is one of S.F. Chronicle's Top 100 Bars.

14. Boot & Shoe Service

3308 Grand Ave (btwn Lake Park Ave & Mandana Blvd), Oakland, CA
Pizza Place · Lakeshore · 138 tips and reviews

SFGate M.SFGate Manager: Boot and Shoe is known for its pizzas, but stands out because of the fresh ingredients used in all its dishes and drinks.

Bottega is one of S.F. Chronicle's Top 100 Bars.

15. Bottega

8.8
6525 Washington St #A9 (in V Marketplace 1870), Yountville, CA
Italian Restaurant · 163 tips and reviews

SFGate M.SFGate Manager: There's table seating for 40 around a patio, warmed by fireplaces, that wraps around two sides of the handsome restaurant.

Bounty Hunter Wine Bar & Smokin' BBQ is one of S.F. Chronicle's Top 100 Bars.

16. Bounty Hunter Wine Bar & Smokin' BBQ

8.9
975 1st St (at Main St), Napa, CA
BBQ Joint · Central Napa · 127 tips and reviews

SFGate M.SFGate Manager: All the wine goes with the signature item on the food menu - barbecue. It's among the best to be found.

Broken Record is one of S.F. Chronicle's Top 100 Bars.

17. Broken Record

8.3
1166 Geneva Ave (at Edinburgh St), San Francisco, CA
Gastropub · Crocker Amazon · 94 tips and reviews

SFGate M.SFGate Manager: The burgers are among the best in the city, and the crawfish grits and lobster mac-and-cheese aren't far behind.

Buena Vista Cafe is one of S.F. Chronicle's Top 100 Bars.

18. Buena Vista Cafe

9.0
2765 Hyde St (at Beach), San Francisco, CA
Bar · 413 tips and reviews

SFGate M.SFGate Manager: Don't miss this bar's iconic cocktail, the Irish coffee.

Cafe Van Kleef is one of S.F. Chronicle's Top 100 Bars.

19. Cafe Van Kleef

8.9
1621 Telegraph Ave (at 17th St), Oakland, CA
Bar · Oaksterdam · 80 tips and reviews

SFGate M.SFGate Manager: The don't-miss drink here is the Greyhound (fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice, vodka).

Churchill is one of S.F. Chronicle's Top 100 Bars.

20. Churchill

7.9
198 Church St (at Market St), San Francisco, CA
Cocktail Bar · Duboce Triangle · 119 tips and reviews

SFGate M.SFGate Manager: This bar boasts a well-done and straightforward cocktail list, a thoughtful selection of 10 beers on tap, and perhaps most striking, a chic yet casual and user-friendly design.

City Beer Store is one of S.F. Chronicle's Top 100 Bars.

21. City Beer Store

1168 Folsom St (btwn 8th & Rausch), San Francisco, CA
Beer Store · SoMa · 115 tips and reviews

SFGate M.SFGate Manager: This place has 500 to 700 bottled beers from around the globe, as well as a rotating list of 15 on tap. And with a recent expansion, there's now even more room to lounge over a pint with friends.

Comstock Saloon is one of S.F. Chronicle's Top 100 Bars.

22. Comstock Saloon

8.4
155 Columbus Ave (at Pacific Ave), San Francisco, CA
Cocktail Bar · Chinatown · 218 tips and reviews

SFGate M.SFGate Manager: Live music is featured 7-10 p.m. Monday-Saturday and a piano player 4-6:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday.

Corners Tavern is one of S.F. Chronicle's Top 100 Bars.

23. Corners Tavern

7.2
1342 Broadway Plz, Walnut Creek, CA
American Restaurant · Downtown Walnut Creek · 29 tips and reviews

SFGate M.SFGate Manager: There's lots of action in this newly opened Walnut Creek hotspot owned by the trio from San Francisco's Town Hall. It has an excellent wine list, 15 beers on tap and exceptional cocktails.

Dosa is one of S.F. Chronicle's Top 100 Bars.

24. Dosa

1700 Fillmore St (at Post St.), San Francisco, CA
Indian Restaurant · Japantown · 208 tips and reviews

SFGate M.SFGate Manager: Try the Peony (gin, coconut milk, lime, bird's eye chili, hibiscus masala nectar) and the Wry Rajah (rye, vermouth, cherry liqueur, bird's eye chili, mango juice). There are also fun bar treats.

Epic Steak is one of S.F. Chronicle's Top 100 Bars.

25. Epic Steak

8.4
369 The Embarcadero (at Folsom), San Francisco, CA
Steakhouse · Rincon Hill · 114 tips and reviews

SFGate M.SFGate Manager: For an epic experience at less-than-epic prices, your best bet is the three B's special - a burger, beer and brownie for $20.

Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant is one of S.F. Chronicle's Top 100 Bars.

26. Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant

8.9
1 Ferry Building Ste 23 (at The Embarcadero), San Francisco, CA
Wine Bar · Financial District · 53 tips and reviews

SFGate M.SFGate Manager: Housed in that bastion of San Francisco culinary temples, you'll find a regularly rotating list of nearly 30 wines from around the world available by the taste, glass and bottle.

Fifth Floor is one of S.F. Chronicle's Top 100 Bars.

27. Fifth Floor

12 4th St (at Market), San Francisco, CA
Lounge · SoMa · 36 tips and reviews

SFGate M.SFGate Manager: Bourbons, Scotch, whiskey and gin are specialties, as are cocktails developed by bar manager Brian Means and consultant Jacques Bezuidenhout.

Flora Restaurant & Bar is one of S.F. Chronicle's Top 100 Bars.

28. Flora Restaurant & Bar

1900 Telegraph Ave (at 19th St), Oakland, CA
New American Restaurant · Uptown · 84 tips and reviews

SFGate M.SFGate Manager: This pioneering spot is an ideal place for cocktails and a snack, such as the house-ground burger, charcuterie or steak tartare.

Forbidden Island is one of S.F. Chronicle's Top 100 Bars.

29. Forbidden Island

8.6
1304 Lincoln Ave (at Sherman St), Alameda, CA
Tiki Bar · West End · 91 tips and reviews

SFGate M.SFGate Manager: Don't miss the forbidden Island (a grog of lime, pineapple, spices and liqueurs, served in a souvenir "kapu" tiki mug) and the Chamborlada (a pina colada with a float of black raspberry Chambord).

Gitane is one of S.F. Chronicle's Top 100 Bars.

30. Gitane

6 Claude Ln (btwn Bush & Sutter St), San Francisco, CA
Mediterranean Restaurant · Downtown San Francisco-Union Square · 87 tips and reviews

SFGate M.SFGate Manager: The Iberian food is a natural partner to the best Sherry list in the Bay Area.

Goose & Gander is one of S.F. Chronicle's Top 100 Bars.

31. Goose & Gander

9.0
1245 Spring St (Main St), Saint Helena, CA
American Restaurant · 69 tips and reviews

SFGate M.SFGate Manager: Locals pack it for Scott Beattie's creative cocktails, from the pink-hued Cucumber Collins to the coconut-foam-topped Mellivora Capensis.

The Starlight Room is one of S.F. Chronicle's Top 100 Bars.

32. The Starlight Room

6.9
450 Powell St (at Sutter St.), San Francisco, CA
Nightclub · Downtown San Francisco-Union Square · 52 tips and reviews

SFGate M.SFGate Manager: This is San Francisco's eternal nod to bar glamour. Try the classic 1950s martinis.

Nihon Whisky Lounge is one of S.F. Chronicle's Top 100 Bars.

33. Nihon Whisky Lounge

8.1
1779 Folsom St (at 14th St), San Francisco, CA
Whisky Bar · Mission District · 109 tips and reviews

SFGate M.SFGate Manager: With more than 400, lovingly curated and served, and a handful of super-serious whiskey drinks that pay tribute to the city's neighborhoods, this is paradise for brown liquor lovers.

Heaven's Dog is one of S.F. Chronicle's Top 100 Bars.

34. Heaven's Dog

1148 Mission St (btw 7th & 8th), San Francisco, CA
Chinese Restaurant · SoMa · 67 tips and reviews

SFGate M.SFGate Manager: Here's a bar where you can go in and tell the bartender the ingredients you like - say, bourbon, absinthe and lemon - and the crew will come up with something that hits the spot.

Heinold's First & Last Chance is one of S.F. Chronicle's Top 100 Bars.

35. Heinold's First & Last Chance

8.4
48 Webster St (at Embarcadero), Oakland, CA
Dive Bar · Jack London Square · 57 tips and reviews

SFGate M.SFGate Manager: This place has a back-to-the-past atmosphere where you can order a packaged snack and enjoy a Bloody Mary made with the house mix and a lager from Linden Street, an Oakland microbrewery.

Nopa is one of S.F. Chronicle's Top 100 Bars.

36. Nopa

9.2
560 Divisadero St (at Hayes St), San Francisco, CA
New American Restaurant · Alamo Square · 555 tips and reviews

SFGate M.SFGate Manager: Cocktails rotate daily, as do snacks such as Tasso ham and gruyere cheese sandwich, salmon tartare.

Oenotri is one of S.F. Chronicle's Top 100 Bars.

37. Oenotri

8.3
1425 1st St, Napa, CA
Italian Restaurant · Central Napa · 79 tips and reviews

SFGate M.SFGate Manager: The bar at this stellar Italian restaurant has become a hangout for the area's restaurant industry. The crew behind the bar is meticulous with the crafting of the cocktails.

Dalva is one of S.F. Chronicle's Top 100 Bars.

38. Dalva

6.9
3121 16th St (at Valencia), San Francisco, CA
Bar · Mission Dolores · 51 tips and reviews

SFGate M.SFGate Manager: It's no longer much of a secret, but tucked in back of the Mission District dive classic Dalva, the Hideout is proof of the neighborhood's secret desire to embrace cocktaildom.

Hog & Rocks is one of S.F. Chronicle's Top 100 Bars.

39. Hog & Rocks

3431 19th St (San Carlos St.), San Francisco, CA
Gastropub · Mission District · 174 tips and reviews

SFGate M.SFGate Manager: Most tables are communal so you'll get to know your neighbors.

Hotsy Totsy Club is one of S.F. Chronicle's Top 100 Bars.

40. Hotsy Totsy Club

8.0
601 San Pablo Ave (at Garfield Ave.), Albany, CA
Bar · 43 tips and reviews

SFGate M.SFGate Manager: This is a great neighborhood dive with ambitious and impressive cocktails.

ØL Beer Cafe & Bottle Shop is one of S.F. Chronicle's Top 100 Bars.

41. ØL Beer Cafe & Bottle Shop

8.5
1541 Giammona Dr (Main & Civic), Walnut Creek, CA
Beer Store · Downtown Walnut Creek · 41 tips and reviews

SFGate M.SFGate Manager: It's difficult to choose here from the nearly 20 draft beers and 300-plus bottles, which are also available for retail sale (the lower price on the bottle is the take-home price).

The Hotel Utah Saloon is one of S.F. Chronicle's Top 100 Bars.

42. The Hotel Utah Saloon

7.3
500 4th St (at Bryant St), San Francisco, CA
Rock Club · SoMa · 84 tips and reviews

SFGate M.SFGate Manager: This lively hangout is a beer-and-a-shot kind of place. Try any of the 12 beers on tap and the fried provolone cheese sandwich.

Jasper's Corner Tap and Kitchen is one of S.F. Chronicle's Top 100 Bars.

43. Jasper's Corner Tap and Kitchen

7.1
401 Taylor St (at O'Farrell St), San Francisco, CA
Sports Bar · Tenderloin · 189 tips and reviews

SFGate M.SFGate Manager: The strength of this 78-seat bar is the cocktail program, a mix of classic and modern blends. But the real reason to come here: the Negroni on tap.

Joe's of Westlake is one of S.F. Chronicle's Top 100 Bars.

44. Joe's of Westlake

11 Glenwood Ave (at Lake Merced Blvd), Daly City, CA
Italian Restaurant · Westlake · 56 tips and reviews

SFGate M.SFGate Manager: The Daly City landmark is still as busy as ever (all locals, by the way), and for a place with more than 300 seats, that's saying something.

Kennedy's Irish Pub & Indian Curry House is one of S.F. Chronicle's Top 100 Bars.

45. Kennedy's Irish Pub & Indian Curry House

1040 Columbus Ave (btwn Taylor & Chestnut St), San Francisco, CA
Irish Pub · North Beach · 120 tips and reviews

SFGate M.SFGate Manager: Kennedy's is a one of a kind place: part pub, with 35 beers on tap, and part Indian restaurant complete with white tablecloths and full menu of curries, dosas and tandooris.

Kezar Pub is one of S.F. Chronicle's Top 100 Bars.

46. Kezar Pub

7.9
770 Stanyan St (at Waller St), San Francisco, CA
Sports Bar · Cole Valley · 79 tips and reviews

SFGate M.SFGate Manager: With no specific cocktail menu, friendly bartenders will craft whatever you crave, and between Bloody Marys, 20 draft beers and nearly as many in bottles, there's a beverage for every type.

La Bodeguita del Medio is one of S.F. Chronicle's Top 100 Bars.

47. La Bodeguita del Medio

8.5
463 S California Ave (btwn W El Camino Real & Ash), Palo Alto, CA
Cuban Restaurant · 104 tips and reviews

SFGate M.SFGate Manager: Try the mojito with Bacardi limon and plenty of fresh mint, or anything from the rum list.

Lagunitas Brewing Company is one of S.F. Chronicle's Top 100 Bars.

48. Lagunitas Brewing Company

9.3
1280 N McDowell Blvd (at Scott St), Petaluma, CA
Brewery · 209 tips and reviews

SFGate M.SFGate Manager: Try the custom-designed tasting of four 4-ounce beers and barrel-aged and specialty beers.

Original Joe's is one of S.F. Chronicle's Top 100 Bars.

49. Original Joe's

8.1
601 Union St (at Stockton St), San Francisco, CA
Restaurant · North Beach · 106 tips and reviews

SFGate M.SFGate Manager: The crowd is eclectic, the cocktails are traditional and there's decent grub to boot here.

Magnolia Gastropub & Brewery is one of S.F. Chronicle's Top 100 Bars.

50. Magnolia Gastropub & Brewery

8.5
1398 Haight St (at Masonic Ave), San Francisco, CA
Gastropub · Haight Ashbury · 317 tips and reviews

SFGate M.SFGate Manager: Twelve Magnolia beers are on tap, and you can choose from five cask ales that are carbonated and served slightly warmer.

Marinita's is one of S.F. Chronicle's Top 100 Bars.

51. Marinita's

7.9
218 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Anselmo, CA
Mexican Restaurant · 29 tips and reviews

SFGate M.SFGate Manager: In addition to happy hour, look for $3 taco Tuesdays, half-price wine Wednesdays and $25 pitchers of house margarita on Thursdays.

Ozumo is one of S.F. Chronicle's Top 100 Bars.

52. Ozumo

2251 Broadway (Grand Ave), Oakland, CA
Sushi Restaurant · Central Oakland · 38 tips and reviews

SFGate M.SFGate Manager: Sake flights are a great way to explore Ozumo's extensive list and the happy hour menu is perfect for scoring some izakaya-style nibbles without breaking the bank.

Martin's West is one of S.F. Chronicle's Top 100 Bars.

53. Martin's West

831 Main St (at Broadway St), Redwood City, CA
Gastropub · 83 tips and reviews

SFGate M.SFGate Manager: Whiskey and beer is the focus at this lovingly refurbished Redwood City landmark, a gastropub with a Scottish/California menu.

Martuni's is one of S.F. Chronicle's Top 100 Bars.

54. Martuni's

8.6
4 Valencia St (at Market), San Francisco, CA
Cocktail Bar · SoMa · 81 tips and reviews

SFGate M.SFGate Manager: Go for the generous-sized, not to mention reasonably priced, martinis; stay for the convivial atmosphere and sing-alongs of show tunes, jazz and contemporary standards in the back piano room.

Michael Mina is one of S.F. Chronicle's Top 100 Bars.

55. Michael Mina

8.0
252 California St (at Battery), San Francisco, CA
American Restaurant · Financial District · 78 tips and reviews

SFGate M.SFGate Manager: Bar manager Carlo Splendorini's subtle work with cordials and floral flavors is nearly alchemical.

Molloy's Tavern is one of S.F. Chronicle's Top 100 Bars.

56. Molloy's Tavern

8.0
1655 Mission Rd, South San Francisco, CA
Bar · 11 tips and reviews

SFGate M.SFGate Manager: Frank Molloy opened the bar in San Francisco proper, back in 1909; he moved it to Colma in 1937, and the bar remains in the Molloy family to this day. Don't miss the Irish coffee.

Perry's is one of S.F. Chronicle's Top 100 Bars.

57. Perry's

7.8
1944 Union St (at Laguna St), San Francisco, CA
American Restaurant · Union Street · 66 tips and reviews

SFGate M.SFGate Manager: The burgers and free breadsticks are the stuff of legend, as is bartender Kevin Young, who's been at the Union Street flagship for more than 25 years.

Mr. Bing's is one of S.F. Chronicle's Top 100 Bars.

58. Mr. Bing's

201 Columbus Ave (at Pacific Ave), San Francisco, CA
Dive Bar · Chinatown · 37 tips and reviews

SFGate M.SFGate Manager: Cold beer and stiff drinks are the attraction at Mr. Bing's Cocktail Lounge.

Picán is one of S.F. Chronicle's Top 100 Bars.

59. Picán

2295 Broadway (at 23rd St), Oakland, CA
Southern / Soul Food Restaurant · Central Oakland · 78 tips and reviews

SFGate M.SFGate Manager: It may be known for its fried chicken, grits and bourbon pairings, but Picán also makes an exceptional artisan cocktail.

Monk’s Kettle is one of S.F. Chronicle's Top 100 Bars.

60. Monk’s Kettle

9.1
3141 16th St (at Albion St), San Francisco, CA
Gastropub · Mission Dolores · 320 tips and reviews

SFGate M.SFGate Manager: With the overwhelming choices at this bar, the suggested beer pairings and tasting flights are an excellent way to educate your palate.

Pier 23 Cafe is one of S.F. Chronicle's Top 100 Bars.

61. Pier 23 Cafe

7.7
Pier 23 (btwn Battery St & Green St), San Francisco, CA
Seafood Restaurant · Northern Waterfront · 148 tips and reviews

SFGate M.SFGate Manager: Plenty of windows make the interior of the cafe seem bigger than it is, and offer a chance to spend those bright cold days along the Embarcadero away from the wind.

Plum Bar + Restaurant is one of S.F. Chronicle's Top 100 Bars.

62. Plum Bar + Restaurant

2216 Broadway (at Grand Ave), Oakland, CA
Cocktail Bar · Uptown · 61 tips and reviews

SFGate M.SFGate Manager: Thoughtfully crafted cocktails that change with the seasons are the name of the game, carefully balanced and made with top-notch ingredients.

Prizefighter is one of S.F. Chronicle's Top 100 Bars.

63. Prizefighter

9.1
6702 Hollis St (at 67th St.), Emeryville, CA
Cocktail Bar · 70 tips and reviews

SFGate M.SFGate Manager: Drinks are refined but not complicated, the setting is low-key with a popular patio, and appetites can be sated with delivery from Rotten City Pizza, a block away.

Public House is one of S.F. Chronicle's Top 100 Bars.

64. Public House

7.5
24 Willie Mays Plz (at King St), San Francisco, CA
Sports Bar · South Beach · 60 tips and reviews

SFGate M.SFGate Manager: Of the 24 weekly changing beers on tap, many are local brews and some are even custom-made.

The Ramp is one of S.F. Chronicle's Top 100 Bars.

65. The Ramp

8.4
855 Terry a Francois Blvd (at Illinois St), San Francisco, CA
Bar · 108 tips and reviews

SFGate M.SFGate Manager: Weekend evenings feature live music and a barbecue menu.

The Refuge is one of S.F. Chronicle's Top 100 Bars.

66. The Refuge

8.9
963 Laurel St (btw Arroyo and Morse), San Carlos, CA
Sandwich Place · 97 tips and reviews

SFGate M.SFGate Manager: The beers are lovingly described, and served in appropriately specialized glasses, and the pastrami (top it with chopped liver if you're feeling extra decadent) is first-rate.

Rickhouse is one of S.F. Chronicle's Top 100 Bars.

67. Rickhouse

8.3
246 Kearny St (at Bush St), San Francisco, CA
Cocktail Bar · Downtown San Francisco-Union Square · 251 tips and reviews

SFGate M.SFGate Manager: Between the quality cocktails and punch bowls designed for sharing, or the wood and exposed brick interior and dim, sexy lighting - think modern-day saloon - we're fans.

Ricky's Sports Theatre & Grill is one of S.F. Chronicle's Top 100 Bars.

68. Ricky's Sports Theatre & Grill

7.0
15028 Hesperian Blvd (at Grace St.), San Leandro, CA
Sports Bar · 21 tips and reviews

SFGate M.SFGate Manager: The place to be for Raiders fans, Ricky's is also a mecca for any sports fanatic.

RN74 is one of S.F. Chronicle's Top 100 Bars.

69. RN74

301 Mission St (at Beale St), San Francisco, CA
French Restaurant · SoMa · 155 tips and reviews

SFGate M.SFGate Manager: With a market list of 100 bottles under $100, one of foremost bottle lists and glass pours of rare wines, plus tight cocktails, this has become a nexus for winemakers and wine lovers alike.

Russian River Brewing Company is one of S.F. Chronicle's Top 100 Bars.

70. Russian River Brewing Company

9.0
725 4th St (btwn D & E St.), Santa Rosa, CA
Brewery · 325 tips and reviews

SFGate M.SFGate Manager: The signature is Blind Pig IPA, but check the chalkboards above the bustling bar, which list the dozens of frequently changing, seasonally inspired small-batch suds available.

Rye is one of S.F. Chronicle's Top 100 Bars.

71. Rye

8.5
688 Geary St (at Leavenworth St), San Francisco, CA
Cocktail Bar · Lower Nob Hill · 143 tips and reviews

SFGate M.SFGate Manager: As its name suggests, this sleek bar in a gentler section of the Tenderloin specializes in rye whiskey and specialty cocktails made with rye and other spirits.

The Saloon is one of S.F. Chronicle's Top 100 Bars.

72. The Saloon

7.6
1232 Grant Ave (Fresno), San Francisco, CA
Dive Bar · North Beach · 61 tips and reviews

SFGate M.SFGate Manager: Dating back to 1861, it's the oldest bar in San Francisco. Don't miss the blues music, played nightly.

Sam Jordan's Bar & Grill is one of S.F. Chronicle's Top 100 Bars.

73. Sam Jordan's Bar & Grill

4004 3rd St (at Galvez Ave), San Francisco, CA
Bar · Bayview · 3 tips and reviews

SFGate M.SFGate Manager: This place has a jukebox and great barbecue.

Sam's Anchor Cafe is one of S.F. Chronicle's Top 100 Bars.

74. Sam's Anchor Cafe

8.2
27 Main St, Tiburon, CA
Seafood Restaurant · 100 tips and reviews

SFGate M.SFGate Manager: Sam's is a classic, and boasts some of the best views around, with San Francisco, Alcatraz and Angel Island in plain sight.

Smuggler's Cove is one of S.F. Chronicle's Top 100 Bars.

75. Smuggler's Cove

8.5
650 Gough St (at McAllister St), San Francisco, CA
Tiki Bar · Civic Center · 331 tips and reviews

SFGate M.SFGate Manager: The drinks never fail to hit their mark, whether Cate's tributes to colonial-era rum love or the tiki classics that are honed to perfection. Also, there's an indoor waterfall.

Southern Pacific Brewing is one of S.F. Chronicle's Top 100 Bars.

76. Southern Pacific Brewing

8.3
620 Treat Ave (at 19th St), San Francisco, CA
Brewery · Mission District · 290 tips and reviews

SFGate M.SFGate Manager: Don't miss the beer tastings, which are like a sampler platter for brews, and the House Burger, made with chile rub and served alongside fries, pickled onions and house pickles.

Specs' Twelve Adler Museum Cafe is one of S.F. Chronicle's Top 100 Bars.

77. Specs' Twelve Adler Museum Cafe

7.9
12 William Saroyan Pl (Columbus Avenue), San Francisco, CA
Dive Bar · North Beach · 64 tips and reviews

SFGate M.SFGate Manager: A piano man plays regularly, and there's often complimentary cheese and crackers lying around.

Underdogs Tres is one of S.F. Chronicle's Top 100 Bars.

78. Underdogs Tres

7.8
1824 Irving St (at 19th Ave), San Francisco, CA
Taco Place · Outer Sunset · 154 tips and reviews

SFGate M.SFGate Manager: At most sports bars, food is an afterthought, but here it's often the main thought.

Spoonbar is one of S.F. Chronicle's Top 100 Bars.

79. Spoonbar

8.6
219 Healdsburg Ave (Mill St), Healdsburg, CA
Mediterranean Restaurant · 71 tips and reviews

SFGate M.SFGate Manager: Don't miss the wines on tap from Sonoma's best limited production wineries.

Tadich Grill is one of S.F. Chronicle's Top 100 Bars.

80. Tadich Grill

8.6
240 California St (btwn Battery & Front St), San Francisco, CA
Seafood Restaurant · Financial District · 160 tips and reviews

SFGate M.SFGate Manager: San Francisco's longest-standing restaurant continues to hold its own as a bar. The handful of stools up front are where you go for a proper, no-pretense super-dry martini or rye Manhattan.

Tee Off Bar is one of S.F. Chronicle's Top 100 Bars.

81. Tee Off Bar

3129 Clement St (at 32nd Ave), San Francisco, CA
Bar · Outer Richmond · 43 tips and reviews

SFGate M.SFGate Manager: Order the pork chop — with Poppy Jasper ale — and be prepared for jaws to drop.

Tommy's Mexican Restaurant is one of S.F. Chronicle's Top 100 Bars.

82. Tommy's Mexican Restaurant

8.0
5929 Geary Blvd (at 23rd Ave), San Francisco, CA
Mexican Restaurant · Outer Richmond · 69 tips and reviews

SFGate M.SFGate Manager: Tommy's famous margarita is made with 100% agave Tequila, fresh squeezed lime juice and agave nectar, or choose from hundreds of pure agave Tequilas for a personalized twist.

Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar is one of S.F. Chronicle's Top 100 Bars.

83. Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar

7.6
950 Mason St, San Francisco, CA
Tiki Bar · Nob Hill · 173 tips and reviews

SFGate M.SFGate Manager: This inverted version of the Enchanted Tiki Room for adults puts the simulated rain in the center of the room rather than outside, and replaces the mechanical birds with a live band.

Toronado is one of S.F. Chronicle's Top 100 Bars.

84. Toronado

8.9
547 Haight St (btwn Steiner St & Fillmore St), San Francisco, CA
Dive Bar · Lower Haight · 295 tips and reviews

SFGate M.SFGate Manager: With roughly 50 beers on tap, including a handful of hand-pumped options, as well as an extensive bottle list - it's easy to see why the bar has achieved a cult-like status among beer enthusiasts.

Toyose is one of S.F. Chronicle's Top 100 Bars.

85. Toyose

8.9
3814 Noriega St (btwn 45th & 46th Ave), San Francisco, CA
Korean Restaurant · Outer Sunset · 91 tips and reviews

SFGate M.SFGate Manager: It's where soju flows fast and furiously, and where locals go to get their Korean comfort food fix. Crowds are a given, so get here early or prepare to wait.

Trader Vic's is one of S.F. Chronicle's Top 100 Bars.

86. Trader Vic's

4269 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA
Restaurant · 20 tips and reviews

SFGate M.SFGate Manager: Try the original 1944 Mai Tai (Trader Vic's dark and light rums, orgeat, orange curacao, rock candy syrup, lemon and lime). The menu offers rumaki, barbecue spareribs and classic Trader Vic's dishes.

Trad'r Sam's is one of S.F. Chronicle's Top 100 Bars.

87. Trad'r Sam's

7.1
6150 Geary Blvd (btwn 25th and 26th Aves), San Francisco, CA
Tiki Bar · Outer Richmond · 62 tips and reviews

SFGate M.SFGate Manager: While most of the Richmond regulars rely on "normal" drinks, there's a full menu of all the delectable umbrella-topped tiki classics: mai tai, zombie and of course, the deadly Scorpion Bowl.

The Trappist is one of S.F. Chronicle's Top 100 Bars.

88. The Trappist

8.9
460 8th St (btwn Broadway & Washington St), Oakland, CA
Beer Bar · Old Oakland · 128 tips and reviews

SFGate M.SFGate Manager: If the choices seem overwhelming, ask staff members for a suggestion. The Trappist knows its beer.

Two Sisters Bar & Books is one of S.F. Chronicle's Top 100 Bars.

89. Two Sisters Bar & Books

579 Hayes St (at Laguna St), San Francisco, CA
Cocktail Bar · Hayes Valley · 102 tips and reviews

SFGate M.SFGate Manager: Savory bar bites from the tiny kitchen pair nicely with bartender Michael Cecconi's elegant cocktails. Bonus: the monthly Books & Booze Club.

Txoko is one of S.F. Chronicle's Top 100 Bars.

90. Txoko

504 Broadway (at Kearny St), San Francisco, CA
Spanish Restaurant · North Beach · 23 tips and reviews

SFGate M.SFGate Manager: The theme is loosely Basque, and happy hour brings $1 pintxos of the day, along with $3 draft beers and $10 sangria carafes.

Under Attic is one of S.F. Chronicle's Top 100 Bars.

91. Under Attic

6.4
234 S B St (btwn 2nd & E 3rd Ave), San Mateo, CA
Nightlife Spot · Downtown San Mateo · 12 tips and reviews

SFGate M.SFGate Manager: It draws a lively after-work crowd taking advantage of the delicious bar snacks (with daily deals) and a happy hour that stretches to 10 p.m.

Uva Enoteca is one of S.F. Chronicle's Top 100 Bars.

92. Uva Enoteca

8.1
568 Haight St (btwn Fillmore & Steiner), San Francisco, CA
Italian Restaurant · Lower Haight · 92 tips and reviews

SFGate M.SFGate Manager: A marble bar, esoteric wines and hearty food are among the many charms of this Italian wine bar in the lower Haight.

Va de Vi Bistro & Wine Bar is one of S.F. Chronicle's Top 100 Bars.

93. Va de Vi Bistro & Wine Bar

9.0
1511 MT Diablo Blvd (at Main St.), Walnut Creek, CA
Wine Bar · Downtown Walnut Creek · 63 tips and reviews

SFGate M.SFGate Manager: For eight years this has been the place to go in Walnut Creek for great international small plates backed by serious wines.

Vesuvio Cafe is one of S.F. Chronicle's Top 100 Bars.

94. Vesuvio Cafe

8.8
255 Columbus Ave (btwn Broadway and Pacific), San Francisco, CA
Dive Bar · North Beach · 128 tips and reviews

SFGate M.SFGate Manager: Open since 1948, it's where the Beats convened to quench their thirst. The upstairs nook might be the most perfect people-watching in North Beach.

Walnut Creek Yacht Club is one of S.F. Chronicle's Top 100 Bars.

95. Walnut Creek Yacht Club

7.8
1555 Bonanza St (at Locust), Walnut Creek, CA
Seafood Restaurant · Downtown Walnut Creek · 31 tips and reviews

SFGate M.SFGate Manager: Lead bartender Jay Crabb - who works from a collection of more than 20 bitters - regularly changes more than half the cocktail menu.

Wild Side West is one of S.F. Chronicle's Top 100 Bars.

96. Wild Side West

7.9
424 Cortland Ave (at Wool), San Francisco, CA
Gay Bar · Holly Park · 31 tips and reviews

SFGate M.SFGate Manager: The quirky, mishmash decor, including a shrine to women's shoes, is a hoot, and the secret garden out back is downright magical. Don't miss the pint-size Bloody Mary.

Willi's Wine Bar is one of S.F. Chronicle's Top 100 Bars.

97. Willi's Wine Bar

4404 Old Redwood Hwy, Santa Rosa, CA
Wine Bar · 58 tips and reviews

SFGate M.SFGate Manager: Few restaurant-wine bars have such a convivial attitude and exceptional food — which spans the globe for inspiration — as this.

Zeitgeist is one of S.F. Chronicle's Top 100 Bars.

98. Zeitgeist

8.8
199 Valencia St (at Duboce Ave), San Francisco, CA
Beer Garden · SoMa · 386 tips and reviews

SFGate M.SFGate Manager: Here you'll find one of the best Bloody Marys in town, dozens of craft beers on tap, not to mention a darn good cheeseburger - all served up with no-nonsense attitude.

Zuni Café is one of S.F. Chronicle's Top 100 Bars.

99. Zuni Café

8.6
1658 Market St (at Rose St), San Francisco, CA
New American Restaurant · Civic Center · 315 tips and reviews

SFGate M.SFGate Manager: The copper-topped bar up front is the perfect spot to have a stellar Bloody Mary to begin brunch, or to polish off a dozen oysters and sip a glass of Champagne as the sun streams down Market Street.

Bourbon & Branch is one of S.F. Chronicle's Top 100 Bars.

100. Bourbon & Branch

8.4
501 Jones St (at O'Farrell St), San Francisco, CA
Speakeasy · Tenderloin · 320 tips and reviews

SFGate M.SFGate Manager: The Wilson Room at Bourbon & Branch specializes in cocktail "flights" - an aperitif, main and digestive - that get more intense as you go along.