An extremely popular spot for both tourists and locals alike, Gold Dust Lounge brings a feeling of warmth and luxury to all who pay a visit. Complete with a long line of bar stools and its own cherubic ceiling ‘fresco’, Gold Dust gives its visitors a Wharf welcome with classic Irish brews and a cocktail list that has a little bit of everything. It is also home to what many call the ‘best cup of Irish coffee in the city.’
Located right on the ocean, Wines of California is a breathtaking venue that will have you come for the views and stay for the Merlot wine flights. Wines of California is another popular SF tourist location and with its signature wine list and cheese plates it’s not hard to see why. Of course, it wouldn’t be a true Fisherman’s Wharf experience without a little seafood on the menu. Plan an evening out and go on a wine flight with people visiting from all over the world and try some of their crab louis salad or the ever-present clam chowder.
One of the more family-friendly and entertaining spots on our list, Players Sports Bar is the ideal spot to watch the big game as well as enjoy some classic arcade games in a lively atmosphere. It also offers mixed drinks and seafood sides at its very own ‘tiki bar’, giving it an exotic flair that is seldom found around this area. Try and top your old high-score on Ms. Pacman with a cocktail and their coconut shrimp starter for a little taste of the tropics right here in the bay.
If you’re looking for a more reserved and relaxed spot away from the hustle of the wharf, Red Jack Saloon makes for a soothing oasis. A local’s paradise, Red Jack’s has a friendly atmosphere, where you are greeted like family to watch the big game or play a few rounds of darts. Free of the touristy vibe found at many bars in the area, this is an enjoyable venue with its own back patio to chill out on and meet new people. Come and escape some of the craziness and rest up with a pint at the bar.
A quirky little spot, home to mixed drinks and local talent, Sweeties has made a name for itself as the best, if not the only, zany ‘art bar’ by the bay. Showcasing new, local artists all the time, Sweeties is a charming bar where you are exposed to art and get a chance to meet the artists themselves as they set up their works. Art isn’t the only plus here, as they also have TV, not to mention free games pool.
Mixing two beloved staples of American culture, The Pub BBQ offers a combination you never knew you needed. Their menu runs the gamut of all things meat, including burgers and chicken with a distinctive Southern kick. They pair their hot dishes with ice cold brews on tap and even Californian wines. When you stop by for a visit, be sure to bring your appetite and be ready to quench your thirst with a drink or two. And don’t forget to try their ‘almost world famous’ spicy blue cheese tommy tots as a side.
Bueno Vista serves full meals and drinks and is the perfect place to grab a meal and refresh. Their menu ranges from egg breakfasts to spicy Cajun burgers and of course clam chowder—and everything is served any time of the night. One of their specialty drinks is the sour apple martini which is just the right amount of dry with fruity hints. Stop by and steel yourself for more nighttime shenanigans with a midnight eggs Benedict and martini in hand.