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Lexington Club

Bars & pubs

A legendary lesbian-owned, lesbian-operated bar, where 'every night is ladies' night'. Primarily for the younger set, the Lexington has a pool table (free...

3464 19th Street

Li Po

Bars & pubs

A fun spot for a pick-me-up when you're done with the junk shops on Grant Avenue. Li Po is basically a dive, but the cave façade and giant, tattered Chinese...

916 Grant Avenue
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Liverpool Lil's

Bars & pubs

The façade looks like it's made out of driftwood, and the main decorative touches are old sports photos and paintings of jazz greats. No matter: this is the...

2942 Lyon Street
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Lone Star Saloon

Bars & pubs

Once unabashed 'bear country', the Lone Star has of late become more of a fashion show for beauty bears. That said, it's still a jolly enough place, with...

1354 Harrison Street

Lucky 13

Bars & pubs

Dark, spacious and always busy, Lucky 13 has long been a favourite with those who crave the aura of a punk/biker bar without the perceived risk. There's...

2140 Market Street
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Mad Dog in the Fog

Bars & pubs

Anglophiles and expats pack the Mad Dog for pub quizzes and football broadcasts (it opens early at weekends for English Premiership matches). Strong...

530 Haight Street
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Madrone Lounge

Bars & pubs

A funky lounge and gallery whose beautifully restored Victorian exterior brought joy to the neighbours when it was revived from almost total dilapidation....

500 Divisadero Street
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Magnolia

Critics' choice
Bars & pubs

This brewpub's decor plays up to its history: built in 1903, it was a focal point of hippie culture in the 1960s, before being taken over by quasi-legendary...

1398 Haight Street
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Marlena's

Bars & pubs

An eclectic crowd (including drag queens on the weekends) shows up for the superb martinis at this treasured former speakeasy. A fold-down Murphy stage...

488 Hayes Street

Martuni's

Bars & pubs

Martuni's is a warm, inviting piano bar with an open mic. The martinis are enormous, the music mostly show tunes, and the clientele extremely varied. The...

4 Valencia Street

Matrix

Bars & pubs

At the original Matrix, you might have seen Hunter S Thompson in the bathroom sucking LSD off a stranger's sleeve, or the Grateful Dead playing an impromptu...

3138 Fillmore Street
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Mauna Loa

Bars & pubs

Originally opened by a Hawaiian in the late 1950s, Mauna Loa has morphed into perhaps the only bar in the Marina that could be considered divey; the crowd,...

3009 Fillmore Street
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Medjool Sky Terrace

Bars & pubs

This two-building complex, topped by a massive roof deck, contains a restaurant, a café and an excellent hostel. However, weather permitting, the deck is...

2522 Mission Street
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Midnight Sun

Bars & pubs

The big draw at Midnight Sun is video - that is, classic and contemporary music cross-cut with comedy clips, The Sopranos or Sex and the City. Two-for-one...

4067 18th Street

Mix

Bars & pubs

This rough-and-ready sports bar is a haven for queer jocks and those who adore them. Fervent fans pack the place to root for the San Francisco '49ers, and...

4086 18th Street