Of all the Castro bars, Blackbird draws the most diverse crowd. Men, women, young and old—all come for standout craft cocktails and quality wines befitting the handsome room. Edison bulbs hang from a ceiling of salvaged wood, and a tufted red-vinyl banquette runs the length of the place, creating cozy spots for conversation—though you may find yourself shouting to be heard above the din at peak times. The rear of the bar doubles as a games room, where friends cram into the little photo booth, between turns at the pool table. Come early or expect to stand.
2124 Market St
|Cross street:||between Church and Sanchez Sts|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Fri 3pm–2am; Sat, Sun 2pm–2am|
|Transport:||Metro to Church St / Bus 22, 37|