Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

San Francisco

Wish
Slick after-work boozer with plenty of banquette seating and dim lights for doing dirty deeds with coworkers.
Vesuvio
Artistic hippie haven with a bar-bummed lady (or bloke?) on the sign.
Uva Enoteca
A proper Italian-style shrine to all things vino.
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.
Tosca Café
Tosca is the one to choose of all San Francisco bars if you want to meet Russian ballerinas, famous writers and film directors, visiting starlets, and leaders of the local intelligentsia.
Toronado
This beer-loving dive bar is justifiably popular.
Top of the Mark
Chic drinks at the top of the Intercontinental.
Tonga Room
Fantastically kitsch Polynesian tiki room with humongous cocktails and indoor rain showers.
The Tipsy Pig
Booze and haute-tavern cuisine - what could be better?
The Buena Vista
The Irish coffee was first served in America at this old school saloon.
The Ambassador
A sexy and ultra-glam hotspot that still manages to lure the locals.
The Alembic
Haight-Ashbury's most posh watering hole.
Taverna Aventine
Offering a stylish downtown watering hole, Taverna Aventine serves a sophisticated lunchtime bite or classics such as milk-braised pork shoulders.
Taverna Aventine
Solstice
Friendly, late night sharing plates to accompany interesting drinks.
Smuggler’s Cove
Rum, rum and more rum in this, Havana-style heaven.
Rye
Downtown meets down-and-dirty for not-so-hipster 30-somethings.
Rosewood
Sleek uber-hip bar with a delicious garden.
Roe Restaurant & Lounge
Nightclub serving an eclectic medley of savoury small plates.
Rickhouse
Cocktails in a saloon. Really.
Redwood Room
Classic red velvet hotel lounge with a Philippe Starck makeover. 
Public House
One of the trendiest gastropubs in San Francisco.
Press Club
You have to purchase a 'press card' to get in to this sleek wine bar.
Nihon Whiskey Lounge
A sleek, Japanese-style whiskey bar with good sushi and no long lines at airport security.
Nectar
Friendly wine bar perfect for an after-work tipple (or three).
Monk’s Kettle
Coors Light fans, there are many other bars in San Francisco, do not enter this one.
Martuni’s
Neighbourhood piano bar where a cast of colourful locals take the stage.
MarketBar
American brasserie using fresh ingredients sourced from local purveyors and artisans to create seasonal offerings that reflect true farm-to-table cooking.
Hôtel Biron
Tiny, quiet wine bar perfect for conversation over a tipple of red.
Harry Denton’s Starlight Room
Don your best, grab a signature Cable Car cocktail and dance for romance all night in the Starlight Room.
Fly Bar
A favourite with hipsters for its no-fuss service and funky decor.
EZ5
Part nightclub, part boudoir, and part retro Chinese love den.
Dogpatch Saloon
Live jazz almost every night at this Portrero Hill dive.
District Wine Bar
This bar takes the pretension out of an evening of wine.
Cantina
Funky cocktail combos and a funked out Latin vibe.
Café du Nord
Genuine Prohibition era speakeasy with mahogany bar and live swing bands.
Burritt Room
Classic hotel bar with murderous connections.
Bubble Lounge
The largest variety of Champagne and sparkling wine in the Bay Area.
Bruno’s
Swank meets kitsch in this San Fran dive.
Bourbon & Branch
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