Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

San Francisco

Trick Dog
Not only is Trick Dog one of San Francisco’s best bars, but it’s one of the World’s 50 Best, serving creative drinks in a stylish setting.
Beauty Bar
Party in a 60s beauty salon, complete with manicures when you buy a cocktail.
The Tipsy Pig
Booze and haute-tavern cuisine - what could be better?
Nihon Whiskey Lounge
A sleek, Japanese-style whiskey bar with good sushi and no long lines at airport security.
Solstice
Friendly, late night sharing plates to accompany interesting drinks.
Rickhouse
Cocktails in a saloon. Really.
Taverna Aventine
Bubble Lounge
The largest variety of Champagne and sparkling wine in the Bay Area.
Dogpatch Saloon
Live jazz almost every night at this Portrero Hill dive.
Bourbon & Branch
You can't get in here without a password.
Harry Denton’s Starlight Room
Don your best, grab a signature Cable Car cocktail and dance for romance all night in the Starlight Room.
Wish
Slick after-work boozer with plenty of banquette seating and dim lights for doing dirty deeds with coworkers.
Smuggler’s Cove
Rum, rum and more rum in this, Havana-style heaven.
The Buena Vista
The Irish coffee was first served in America at this old school saloon.
Toronado
This beer-loving dive bar is justifiably popular.
Nectar
Friendly wine bar perfect for an after-work tipple (or three).
Roe Restaurant & Lounge
Nightclub serving an eclectic medley of savoury small plates.
Redwood Room
Classic red velvet hotel lounge with a Philippe Starck makeover. 
Bruno’s
Swank meets kitsch in this San Fran dive.
District Wine Bar
This bar takes the pretension out of an evening of wine.
MarketBar
American brasserie using fresh ingredients sourced from local purveyors and artisans to create seasonal offerings that reflect true farm-to-table cooking.
Vesuvio
Artistic hippie haven with a bar-bummed lady (or bloke?) on the sign.
Taverna Aventine
Offering a stylish downtown watering hole, Taverna Aventine serves a sophisticated lunchtime bite or classics such as milk-braised pork shoulders.
Top of the Mark
Chic drinks at the top of the Intercontinental.
The Ambassador
A sexy and ultra-glam hotspot that still manages to lure the locals.
Rye
Downtown meets down-and-dirty for not-so-hipster 30-somethings.
Monk’s Kettle
Coors Light fans, there are many other bars in San Francisco, do not enter this one.
Cantina
Funky cocktail combos and a funked out Latin vibe.
Beretta
Fly Bar
A favourite with hipsters for its no-fuss service and funky decor.
Bossa Nova
Friendly Brazilian bar with great caipirinhas.
The Alembic
Haight-Ashbury's most posh watering hole.
Tonga Room
Fantastically kitsch Polynesian tiki room with humongous cocktails and indoor rain showers.
Uva Enoteca
A proper Italian-style shrine to all things vino.
Martuni’s
Neighbourhood piano bar where a cast of colourful locals take the stage.
Press Club
You have to purchase a 'press card' to get in to this sleek wine bar.
Rosewood
Sleek uber-hip bar with a delicious garden.
Burritt Room
Classic hotel bar with murderous connections.
Public House
One of the trendiest gastropubs in San Francisco.
EZ5
Part nightclub, part boudoir, and part retro Chinese love den.

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