Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

San Francisco

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
Dogpatch Saloon
Live jazz almost every night at this Portrero Hill dive.
Bubble Lounge
The largest variety of Champagne and sparkling wine in the Bay Area.
Harry Denton’s Starlight Room
Don your best, grab a signature Cable Car cocktail and dance for romance all night in the Starlight Room.
Bourbon & Branch
You can't get in here without a password.
Wish
Slick after-work boozer with plenty of banquette seating and dim lights for doing dirty deeds with coworkers.
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.
Smuggler’s Cove
Rum, rum and more rum in this, Havana-style heaven.
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. 
District Wine Bar
This bar takes the pretension out of an evening of wine.
Bruno’s
Swank meets kitsch in this San Fran dive.
MarketBar
American brasserie using fresh ingredients sourced from local purveyors and artisans to create seasonal offerings that reflect true farm-to-table cooking.
Top of the Mark
Chic drinks at the top of the Intercontinental.
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.
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.
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.
Monk’s Kettle
Coors Light fans, there are many other bars in San Francisco, do not enter this one.
Bossa Nova
Friendly Brazilian bar with great caipirinhas.
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.
The Alembic
Haight-Ashbury's most posh watering hole.
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.
Martuni’s
Neighbourhood piano bar where a cast of colourful locals take the stage.
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.
Barbacco Eno Trattoria
By offering a widely Italian and full bodied selection of wine, Barbacco Eno Trattoria is considered one of the best wine bars in San Francisco.

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