A gem of a bar located in the Lower Haight, The Page has something for everyone. 21 beers on tap, good cocktails, and a nice wine selection. Pay a visit to the jukebox before schooling your friends in either pool or foosball (or both). The Page definitely fits the definition of a dive bar, but don’t feel intimidated by the dim lighting or meandering nature of The Page’s interior. Instead, befriend one of the many locals who frequent The Page, get a recommendation on a good microbrew, and go flirt with one of the cute bartenders. Keep in mind that this place is cash-only, folks.
The Page Bar, 298 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 255 6101
Vinyl Coffee & Wine Bar
Coffee shop by day, wine and cheese bar by night, Vinyl, located in the Lower Haight, makes an easy transition from breakfast joint to after-work oasis. With happy hour specials from 5-7:30pm, Vinyl’s a great place for a drink with friends, a date with your special someone, or a relaxed meeting with colleagues. Complement your wine with something from the menu. Check out the website for events such as BBQ pop-up nights, Taco Trivia Tuesdays, and artisanal pizza parties.
Madrone Art Bar
Madrone Art Bar is a fusion hotspot of music, dance, and art. If you’re looking for a place to enjoy live music or jam out to a stellar DJ set, head to Madrone. Mondays rival Friday and Saturday with Madrone’s weekly Motown Monday dance parties. Make sure that you have cash on hand, both for the bar and for the cover charge, depending on the night. Madrone Art Bar is fun, and its appeal, charm, and quirks are difficult to capture in words. Pay Madrone’s a visit and experience this one-of-a-kind Divisadero bar for yourself.
Madrone Art Bar, 500 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 241 0202
The first thing that you’ll notice walking into Fly Bar are the bright stars, of various sizes, hanging over a single pool table in the back, one of the few places in the city where you can play a ‘starlit’ game of pool. The second thing that you’ll notice are the words ‘Good people drink good beer’ written over the bar. With 18 draft options, Fly Bar gives beer lovers plenty of options without overwhelming them. Don’t worry, even if beer isn’t your drink of choice, Fly Bar’s cozy atmosphere and friendly bartenders also offer great happy hour deals on sangria pitchers and sake bombs.
Fly Bar, 762 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 931 4359
A self-identified speakeasy, Bar 821 boasts one of the Divisadero’s most relaxed, classy vibes. Bar 821 has the largest collection of amaro in San Francisco, including 15 varieties of fernet. Try one of the tantalizing cocktails, such as the Vow of Silence or Oaxacan Coffee. If you are looking for a good place to go on a date or catch up with friends after work, stop by Bar 821’s happy hour, from 4-7pm.
Bar 821, 821 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 596 3986
Stop by Mini Bar in NoPa if you’re looking for a neighborhood dive bar along the Divisadero corridor. Mini Bar is not for large groups, however, the narrow space, which is decorated with local art, makes for a good place to grab a drink with one or two friends. If you get there at the right time, head to the very back and try to snag one of the couches. With an attentive bar staff and a crowd-pleasing playlist, Mini Bar fits perfectly into either a chill night out or a longer Divisadero bar crawl.
Mini Bar 837, Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 525 3565
The San Francisco Athletic Club
With its 28 high-definition TVs, the San Francisco Athletic Club takes the notion of a sports bar and blasts it out of the park. You can actually order something called a ‘Bathtub of Beer’ here, 24 bottles of beer, served on ice, in a small, porcelain bathtub. If you’re not ready for that, the San Francisco Athletic Club boasts an extensive beer and drink menu that allows you to enjoy the game, even without your own personal bathtub. The San Francisco Athletic Club offers a full spread of stadium cuisine. If comfort is your style, reserve a booth ahead of time.
Fishbowl Bar & Grill
One of the few dive bars in Lower Pacific Heights, Fishbowl offers more than just a tank full of goldfish behind the bar. Fishbowl has a lengthy weekday happy hour, from 2-7pm. Fishbowl fills up on game days, so either get there early or be prepared to stand. If you’re more of a trivia buff, stop by Fishbowl on Mondays with your hand picked team of academics and pop culture gurus for a fun night of cheap drinks, tasty pub-food, and good company.
Fishbowl Bar & Grill, 1854 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 775 3630
Located on the corner of Divisadero and California, Wild Hare is a local tavern with lofty ceilings and a good drink menu. The inside is illuminated by white icicle lights that hang around the perimeter of the building, creating a warm, friendly environment. Wild Hare is conducive to all group sizes and energy levels, with a mix of bar seating, high tables, and cushioned booths. Although not a traditional sports bar, Wild Hare has plenty of TVs and is a good place to catch the game while also catching up with friends.
Wild Hare, 2801 California St, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 539 3200
Unmarked and not the easiest place to spot from the street, Lion Pub is equal parts tiki hut, ski lodge, and spring break. One of the Divisadero’s more Marina-feeling establishments, Lion Pub, hosts an eclectic mix of San Francisco bar-goers. Lion Pub has a wide assortment of freshly squeezed cocktails. For those particularly chilly San Francisco days, grab your drink and a spot near the fireplace; there’s something extra cozy about sipping a citrusy cocktail next to a roaring fire, listening to Missy Elliot.
Lion Pub, 2062 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 567 6565