San Francisco's Best Date Bars 2018
San Francisco is dotted with bars on every corner. However, choosing a bar for your date night can be tricky. If the music is blaring in your ears, or you're packed like sardines, or the bar smells like whisky and vomit, it's not going to create the romantic atmosphere you hoped for. The Ambiance Matchmaking team have carefully crafted this list to ensure a positive dating experience for your date night. Enjoy!
THE INTERVAL AT LONG NOW
The Interval is a bar, coffee shop, event space, museum, and the home of The Long Now Foundation all bundled up into one pretty, little package. It's library-like vibe is due to its floor-to-ceiling books available for reading while you sip on one of their artisan cocktails.
Address: Landmark Building A, 2 Marina Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94123
Stones Throw goes back to the basics, highlighting the simple things in life: great food, undying hospitality, and a fun, carefree environment where everyone is welcome. They offer seasonal New American cuisine, an extensive craft beer list, and rare wines.
Address: 1896 Hyde St, San Francisco, CA 94109
If you want to feel like you're dining in a traditional village gasthaus in the middle of Alpine Austria, munching on Austrian fare while you sip on European beer, this is exactly the place you want to be. They feature eight old-world classic tap beers and numerous beers by the bottle.
Address: 2400 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109
TUNNEL TOP LOUNGE & BAR
This ultra funky corner bar offers an intimate two-story bar atop the Stockton tunnel. On Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights they have a DJ, and other nights music plays from their jukebox.
Address: 601 Bush St, San Francisco, CA 94108
This place made its way to three of our Best lists for best bar, restaurant, and brunch spot. The Cavalier is a London-inspired brasserie located inside Hotel Zetta, and was named James Beard Semi-Finalists for “Best New Restaurant in America” in 2014 and 2012. You can't go wrong with anything on the menu!
Address: 360 Jessie St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Trou Normand is a butchery and bar combined into one. Their cocktails are based on classic turn-of-the-century recipes made with Brandies and spirits that we meticulously source from small batch producers, including an exclusive selection of Armagnac, Cognac, and Calvados that cannot be found anywhere else in the US. Handcrafted beers and wines are also available. If you're curious about the butcher, try one of their 40 types of salami and charcuterie!
Address: 140 New Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94105
Oddjob is a quirky neighborhood bar that thoughtfully crafts its libations based on three different characteristics: earthy, floral, and spicy. Beer and wine are also served, but we suggest trying their cocktails that pay homage to classic methods and style. The perfect spot for a classy date night.
Address: 1337 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Voted best Happy Hour by the San Francisco Magazine's Best Of The Bay, this bar and basement lounge is inspired by the taverns of the ancient Roman neighborhood for which it was named. The main bar is framed by brick walls, large windows and artifacts dating back to Jackson Square’s more infamous times. In the downstairs lounge, you'll find oriental carpet, leather armchairs, and a dark wood bar.
Address: 582 Washington St, San Francisco, CA 94111
We couldn't help it, we had to add a tiki bar to the list! Bamboo Hut serves huge fruity cocktails over it's full palapa bar equipped with a tiki god adorned waterfall while DJ-spun tunes play in the background.
Address: 479 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133
If you love a good dive bar along with heavy metal tunes, Benders Bar is your go-to spot. Play your favorite punk and metal tunes straight from the jukebox while playing a game of pool or pinball. If your tummy starts to growl, they offer grub for vegans, veggies, and carnivores.
Address: 806 S Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94110
This bar may have a laid-back vibe, but it takes their drinks seriously. While you can find many craft beers along with wine on tap, we recommend trying one of their snazzy cocktails. Our favorite? The Brass Smash with Venezuelan rum, cynar, mint and lemon. YUM!
Address: 488A Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102
The tequila, mezcal and bar program match the thoughtfulness and seasonality of the culinary offering at Padrecita. They search out hand crafted and boutique distilleries in order to offer over 80 in house tequilas and mezcals. These agave based spirits create the base of our cocktail menu while bourbon, rum and other spirits make a tasteful appearance.
Address: 901 Cole St, San Francisco, CA 94117
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