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Mission District: Guide to SF’s Best Nighttime Bar Crawls

4 months ago by stephanie

San Francisco’s Mission District is popular for more than just its burritos — as delicious as they are! When it comes to outdoor patios and rooftop bars, the Mission’s got you covered. And yes, a selection of delicious eats that are perfect for when you’re drunk and/or have the munchies after stopping by one too many dispensaries? That, too. Read on for some of our favorite spots for your next bar crawl through the neighborhood — because if you don’t have one planned soon, you’ll wanna get on that ASAP. 

Southern Pacific Brewing

You want pitchers? We’ll give you pitchers! Take your pick from a varied selection of excellent craft brews to tasty margaritas and more at Southern Pacific Brewing. Yes, this place is a beer lover’s dream, but if you’re like us and you love your tequila — and everything else in between, really — you’ll be good to go. The best part about Southern Pacific Brewing? Its size, no doubt. The unique warehouse-style interior probably one of the most spacious ones you’ll ever see in San Francisco. This massive gastropub is a great first stop in the Mission to nosh and start your night, especially for large parties.

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Trick Dog

Trick Dog is hands down one of our favorite cocktail bars in the Mission. You won’t want to miss out on the specialty drinks or changing seasonal menu. It’s always packed, but the bartenders are friendly and serve up artfully crafted, STRONG cocktails, besides. Worth it!

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Laszlo

For those who want more of a swanky, sit-down experience while at a bar — yes, even in the Mission — you’ll want to go right ahead and save Laszlo under your list of go-tos. This moderately priced cocktail lounge right next to Foreign Cinema boasts bar stools, booths, and an upper level: It’s perfect for small groups, or those who couldn’t swing a reservation to next door’s restaurant. Hang out downstairs to watch the vinyl DJ play, or head upstairs for more space. Pro tip? If you don’t want to drink on an empty stomach, you can munch on homemade chips and popcorn served from Foreign Cinema, or actually order food from its menu. The cocktail list is to-die-for, as well.

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Teeth SF

Come for the cheap food and drinks, stay for the friendly and welcoming ambiance. Teeth SF is almost always crowded, but it’s worth it; this little Mission bar has a dive-y kind of vibe, in the best way possible. With a varied cocktail list, excellent happy hour specials, and hearty “pub grub,” you’ll want to grab a table with friends when you get there — you may just end up staying longer than you bargained. Oh, and may we recommend the Totchos? Tator tots piled high with nacho cheese and toppings, this dish is the ultimate “drunchies” food.    

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Make Out Room

Trust us when we say that Make Out Room is one of the best bars for dancing in San Francisco. You won’t find a stuffy or pretentious vibe in the place. Drinks are cheap and strong (yes!), and the music is always good, with the DJs spinning different genres on vinyl 45’s, according to what night of the week it is. Be warned that it’s cash only, but no worries — there’s an ATM inside the bar, just in case you forget. Come for the eclectic tunes, stay for the people watching! It’s pretty damn epic.

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Blondies Bar

With a well-stocked bar, purple mood lighting, and an excellent martini special (they’re strong, too!), you can’t go wrong with this neighborhood cocktail bar. Blondie’s is cash only, so be prepared before you head in. They’ve even got live music on certain nights of the week, so if you like martinis and dancing, this may just become your go-to spot in the Mission.

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Wildhawk

With a variety of tasty cocktails (each with unique pairings and presentation), beautiful decor, and a cozy atmosphere, Wildhawk is a great spot to drop by for a quick drink, or hang with friends while you work your way through the extensive drink list. They’ve also got small plates, like charcuterie, which automatically wins them points in our book; so if you’re feeling a little peckish after all that drinking, order up!

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The Beehive

The Beehive is a fun and kitschy cocktail lounge with something for everyone. At $14 a pop, this cocktail list is one of the more expensive in the Mission area. The Beehive has got delicious specialty drinks and busy bar seating, or you can head past the bar to sit in the lounge.

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El Techo

El Techo is one of the busiest rooftop bars in San Francisco, and with good reason. The line is well worth the wait, as on a clear night you’ll enjoy spectacular views of the city; and even if it’s cold out, have your server crank up the outdoor heater, and you’ll be good to go. Choose from an array of mouthwatering cocktails and tapas, before continuing to your next bar crawl destination in the Mission. Bottoms up!

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El Rio

El Rio is a solid dive bar destination in the Mission. With “international” dance nights like Salsa Sundays and more, you can always count on having a good night there. It’s cash only, drink prices are a little steep, and they charge a cover on live music nights. That said, come on a Friday for free oysters — yes, we said free oysters! — starting at 5pm, and a solid happy hour special. Be sure to head on back to check out the outdoor patio space when you’re there — you won’t regret it. Can anyone in San Francisco resist an outdoor patio? Certainly not us.

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