CAUSING A RUCKUS
The owners of Dear Mom came up with the idea to create a bar where you could take your mom when she’s in town. With more than 50 whiskeys to choose from, a pool table, and Pabst Blue Ribbon to boot, it’s not where we’d take our moms, but it’s a fine rowdy dive bar experience.
2700 16th St., 415-625-3362
GRABBING PRESHOW BREWS
With a laid-back vibe, a location right next to the Fox Theater, an indoor bocce court, and Drake’s and Linden Street brews on tap, Make Westing makes it easy to miss the opening act.
1741 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, 510-251-1400, makewesting.com
HELPING YOU GET LUCKY
Exposed brick walls, plush blue leather seats, a DJ mixing ’60s soul and Biggie Smalls—it’s hard not to get in the mood at the Social Study. The fantastic wine selection helps, too.
1795 Geary Blvd., 415-292-7417
WAITING FOR A TABLE
Since Barrique is conveniently situated across the street from Quince and Cotogna, you can skip the four-to-eight-weeks-ahead reservation dilemma, put your name down for dinner, and then enjoy waiting an hour or so while sipping a glass of Russian River pinot noir straight from the cask. With a new expanded menu and extended hours, you can even swing by for a nightcap.
461 Pacific Ave., 415-421-9200, barriquesf.com
SCHMOOZING AND BOOZING
You might not expect to find such swankiness in the middle of the Tenderloin, but Chambers, the new lounge in the Phoenix Hotel, is a serious hotspot. Its old-school, Hollywood feel (poolside drinks and a softly lit lounge) and the Phoenix’s rock-star guest list make it the perfect people-watching bar. It’s fun to mingle
a bit, too.
601 Eddy St., 415-829-2316, chambers-sf.com