With its high ceiling, exposed brick, and industrial-chic look, this converted warehouse is fun for dancing, with themes that range from country-western two-stepping on Tuesdays to T-dances on Sundays, and Friday and Saturday nights are always huge clubbing events for the city's queer community. Go on the early side, but take your time and let the staff guide you through a menu that chef Stuart Brioza and co. And the drinks are very good. The building encompasses two art-packed floors, a full kitchen, and four bars serving wine, beer, and cocktails. This ticketed, tasting menu restaurant employs a service model entirely its own, one in which diners eat communally and chefs present each dish with a passionate speech.
Of particular note is the Dream Queens Revue second and fourth Wednesdays , the Friday and Saturday Hot Boxxx Girls parties, Tubesteak Connection Thursdays, and first-monthly Suicide Tuesdays. Always-stellar cocktails, friendly bartenders, plenty of seating, a buzzy crowd, and better-than-average bar bites are winning formula. If the date goes well, buy a bottle off the shelf and drink it at a dimly-lit table over some prosciutto and cheese. Order a Nebulous Potato Thing and a milkshake, and watch your morning-after cares float away. Even if you don't know much about wine, the staff is well-informed and helpful while guiding you through their list of by-the-glass selections, and there are snacks from cured meats and cheese plates to gooey croquettes. And a kitchen is forthcoming.
You should drink at Kezar during a Niners game. The Mexican food is surprising when's the last time you had aerated beans? Second date, moderate: Snuggled into Rockridge's main drag, A16 is a great upgrade for a second date. This three-seat takeout spot in the Mission is a little more expensive than a lot of the places on Clement Street, but the dim sum is good enough to merit the extra few dollars. These spots have an extra interesting element to them to add a little excitement to your 244th date night. A nightlife hotspot in the revamped and recharged Hayes Valley neighborhood, the Absinthe is very popular for lunch and dinner. Second date, moderate: The back patio is the star at this bustling neighborhood hang. It's one of the most eclectic and enjoyable places to hang out in the city.
Breakup spot: People will be too focused on pool and ping pong to notice the drama unfolding in your personal life. Grab a seat at the bar in the light-filled dining room, and observe the hotel guests, Cal professors, and other Berkeley characters parade through. This roof deck is downright cozy, thanks to fire pits, ample heat lamps, and stiff cocktails. The key attraction of this fun pub is its unique happy hour. Well, take a trip back to a more youthful, single state-of-mind with your partner in crime, and dig in to a bowl of mac bejeweled with short ribs, paired with a bottle of wine.
Besides, if you're going to wait that long for gingerbread pancakes and challah french toast, you might as well make it official. They take their own cocktail inspiration from whatever is fresh on the menu, which creates a perfect pairing for those who want to spin off their stool after a drink and enjoy the world-class dining going on behind them. Just like its specialty food item, a hamburger in a hot dog bun, Trick Dog brings the same clever and refreshing attitude towards its drinks and overall ambience. Off the heels of the opening of restaurant and in March, Cold Drinks hidden upstairs just soft-opened in August in S. Whether for evening cocktails or dinner, or to partake of the delicious brunch served until 3 pm daily , Harvey's is a must-see for gay visitors. The food tends toward Southern-inspired but with some modern touches, and ingredients sourced locally. At this mid-20th century San Francisco landmark, the bar's patrons order at the same bar top as did the free-spirited Beat poets of the 1950s and 60s, including writer Jack Kerouac.
Still, you gotta do it at least once. Kaiyo must have lost the third page of that booklet because while the space is cool and part of the restaurant is a bar, the food here would be worth coming for even if they were serving it out of an abandoned Teva factory. The huge key here, though, is being sure to sit at the sushi bar — the vibe just isn't as good at the tables. Second date, expensive: The Absinthe Group knows a thing a or two about creating a great date spot, and its newest, biggest project to date is no exception. Once you're sitting down, all will feel right when you gorge on the pleasing menu and dive deep into wine director Lulu McAllister's excellent wine list.
The vibe is nice enough to feel like a night out, but just neighborhood-y enough to feel comfortable. Ice cold oysters and bubbly champagne are the right way to start off the night or day! The Alembic Photo: Second date, moderate: Snag a booth in the dining room and have an intimate conversation over a couple brown butter old fashioneds and some jerk-spiced duck hearts. Drink way too many pitchers of sangria before you head home to make out, watch Netflix, and eat leftover fried plantains in bed. Reserve one of the seats in the dining room for a full dinner of oysters and rich cuts of meat, many of which make use of the wood-fire grill that envelopes the entire space with soft heat. Second date, expensive: To Americans, there's almost nothing more romantic than Paris, and Bistro Central Parc transports you to the dreamy city. The place to see and be seen for everyone from leather-clad bears to twinks in tight tees to party-hardy lesbians. On Sunday afternoons, the Lone Star is the default second-choice destination for those heading to the Eagle.
A little bit of every musical genre makes its way to the stage here. Less standard shows might be the holiday drag queen show or drunk comedians doing shots on stage and attempting some improv. Are most bars located in the sizzling Mission area? A number of refreshing beers are served at The Page along with some head-numbing cocktails that can be had on the cheap compared to other San Francisco bars. Chips are collected any day during happy regardless of when they were issued. Housed in an enormous two-level warehouse with classic Edison lighting and 1950s office-style metal and vinyl-upholstered chairs, Trick Dog has successfully captured the urban hipster feel that has claimed the Mission District. The Key These categories were chosen for popular date night needs.