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Best Bars In San Francisco's Richmond District
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Best Bars In San Francisco's Richmond District

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Updated: 9 February 2017
If you happen to miss brunch altogether and find yourself in San Francisco’s Richmond District during cocktail hour, have no fear. Bars in the Richmond are plentiful, and there’s a little something for everybody. We’ve highlighted the five best, brightest (and most fun) below.
Buckshot skeeball | © Becky Berry/FlickrCommons
Buckshot skeeball | © Becky Berry/FlickrCommons

This spacious bar in the inner Richmond has not one, but two picnic tables— making it a great place to host small gatherings or enjoy some of the food from the bar’s on-site kitchen. There is also a ton of arcade games, skeeball, shuffleboard, and pool. If games and eating aren’t your thing—stop by Thursday through Saturday and listen to their in-house DJ spin everything from oldies and Motown tunes, to ’90s hip hop and R&B, to all the songs you loved in middle school. We still haven’t found another bar in San Francisco where hearing “Mesmerized” by Ashanti is an almost guarantee every time we set foot there. Buckshot is open from 6 pm to 2 am seven days a week.

Buckshot Bar and Gameroom, 3848 Geary Blvd. San Francisco, USA +1 (415) 831 8838

540 Club

540 Club is the Richmond’s answer to the hip dive bars that dot every street corner in the Mission. The neon sign and red florescent lights on the front patio are an immediate draw to the establishment, and once inside you have the option of sitting at the bar or directly behind it at any number of booth-style tables. They have a number of beers on tap (including Pabst Blue Ribbon) and celebrate the usually uneventful weekday that is Tuesday with deals on cocktails like pina coladas. 540 Club is located next door to Green Apple Books, another San Francisco staple you can stop by while you’re in the ‘hood.

Everyone loves a tiki bar. And if you don’t you probably just haven’t been to one as fun as Trad’r Sam’s. A little on the campy side, the bar is decorated with bamboo fixtures and plastic plants reminiscent of palm trees in every corner. Décor aside, the biggest draw to this Outer Richmond staple is their famous scorpion bowl: a punch bowl filled with rum, pineapple juice, and a dash of a few other alcoholic beverages. The massive bowl is decorated with orange slices, maraschino cherries, and tiny paper umbrellas. While you could probably finish a scorpion bowl on your own, it’s best to share others, which is why the bartenders provide you with more than one straw upon presenting the drink to you.

Trad’r Sam, 6150 Geary Blvd. San Francisco, USA, +1 (415) 221 0773

scorpion_bowl | ©Betsssssy/FlickrCommons
© scorpion_bowl | ©Betsssssy/FlickrCommons Toledo

Side Bar is newer to the Richmond bar scene, and much swankier than some of its counterparts. You can enjoy one of their specialty cocktails at the traditional barstools, or hang out in the more cozy booth seats with friends or even a date. There are board games to use at your leisure and every Saturday is karaoke night. If you’re into sipping delicious gin and tonics and watching average folks do renditions of your favorite songs, this is definitely the bar for you.

Side Bar, 408 Clement Street, San Francisco, USA +1 (415) 702 6251

The Bitter End is everything but bitter. The Richmond staple has two levels, which is perfect if you are the kind of person who enjoys your cocktails with a side of people watching. This Irish pub also has a kitchen where you can order snacks to go with one of the many beers they have on tap. Another bonus: The Bitter End is frequently home to live musical acts, a cool little perk for a cool little bar.

The Bitter End, 441 Clement Street, San Francisco, USA +1 (415) 221 9538