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How to Spend a Night in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley

9 months ago by stephanie

Arguably the coolest neighborhood in San Francisco — and definitely the most fashionable — Hayes Valley is located in the Western Addition. After being revitalized in 2003, it is now the place to go for upscale designer boutiques, craft coffee, and some seriously aesthetically pleasing bars and outdoor patio hangs. With a community garden, outdoor art installations, and aforementioned patios, it’s also ideal for a sunny day. But no worries — even if Karl the Fog has come out to play, there’s plenty to do, see, eat, and imbibe in Hayes Valley.

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You can’t go wrong stopping by Biergarten for some hearty German fare, crisp and delicious beer, and a fun time hanging out at the picnic tables with your friends. The communal outdoor seating is a major draw on a sunny day in Hayes Valley, so be prepared to wait in line. Don’t worry though, it goes quick!


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After chowing down at Biergarten, head across the street to Anina for a punch bowl. Again, this kitschy, tropical-themed bar is the best on a sunny day; it’s got an outdoor patio perfect for large parties. Nab a table as soon as one opens up, because they go fast!


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Brass Tacks

Located right next door to Anina (same owners), Brass Tacks is a Hayes Valley staple. This fun neighborhood bar and lounge has some of the most innovative — not to mention most beautifully presented — cocktails in all of San Francisco, and we know, that’s saying a lot. Brass Tacks isn’t cheap, and sometimes the crowd can be a little less than ideal (unless you’re a tech bro), but it’s well worth the visit if you’re in the area. Mosey on over after you and your friends finally finish up that punch bowl at Anina.

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a Mano

Another unbeatable Hayes Valley spot on a sunny day, a Mano is an Italian restaurant and cocktail bar with outdoor patio seating and just about the best handmade pasta ever. It’s a little pricey and almost always crowded, but with a nice ambiance and hey, we think it’s well worth it for some of the most incredible Italian food in the city — well, outside of North Beach, that is.   

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Domo Sushi

In the mood for sushi? Us, too! Domo Sushi is a trendy Hayes Valley spot with quality specialty rolls, clean and simple presentation, and yummy “small crudos” plates (pick any 2 for only $10). It’s tiny, so there’s always a wait, but don’t be fooled; this one will keep even most sushi elites happy.

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The Church of 8 Wheels

This fun skating rink in between Hayes Valley and Lower Haight is absolutely irresistible. It’s cash only, so bring at least $15 for admission and skate rental, but once you’re in, you’ll be grooving on the rink inside this refurbished church for hours. The DJs play a funky rotation of ‘70s, ‘80s and top ‘40s tunes, making The Church of 8 Wheels a thoroughly enjoyable “roller disco” spot with something for everyone.

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Loving Cup

Want some fro-yo? Yes, please! Loving Cup has several locations throughout the city, but while you’re in Hayes Valley, grab some desert there just before heading off to your next destination. You can opt from a selection of frozen yogurt and a variety of toppings — fro-yo comes highly recommended — or branch out and try the rice pudding, which is melt-in-your-mouth delicious.

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Absinthe Brasserie & Bar

Last Hayes Valley stop? Don’t miss dropping by Absinthe for a few drinks. This swanky Parisian-inspired brasserie has a dimly lit and mysterious nighttime ambiance that’s all-too-appropriate, given its name. Oh, and did we mention Absinthe has beautiful bar and lounge seating and an artfully crafted seasonal cocktail list? You’ll definitely want to come back for brunch sometime!


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