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The Top Bars And Restaurants In San Francisco's Western Addition

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Updated: 9 February 2017
The Western Addition contains a wealth of both daytime and nightlife attractions. This diverse neighborhood has everything from classy dining establishments to cheap and simple dive bars. From craft cocktails and gourmet plates to a tall glass of beer and a basket of nachos, the Western Addition is a must-visit for drinks and eats in the city.
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NOPA

If you can manage to snag a seat at this amazing two-story bar and restaurant, consider yourself lucky, as NOPA is the most popular establishment in the Western Addition. It once employed Neyah White, a nationally famous resident bartender. Although Mr. White is no longer working there, NOPA provides weekly classes and tastings for both mixology and culinary fanatics. Remember, NOPA is a neighborhood favorite, so you can expect it to be packed every night.

NOPA, 560 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 864 8643

Mini Bar

Bar, Cocktail Bar, Pub Grub, $$$
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Mini Bar

The name of the bar, indeed, reflects the tight quaint quarters of Mini Bar. Specializing in mostly beer and wine, their assortment of hard liquor and cocktails is also quite impressive.The bartenders recommend the ‘old fashioned’ and their delicious ‘black Manhattan‘. You can choose to sit at the bar or in the lounge areas in both the front and rear sections of the venue, which is adorned with local art. Locally owned and operated, its patrons are also true San Franciscans who love their bar and welcome all.

Mini Bar, 837 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 525 3565

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The Page

Bar, Wine Bar, American, $$$
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The Page, San Francisco
The Page, San Francisco | Courtesy of Vinyl Coffee and Wine Bar

The Page

On the corner of Page and Divisadero, The Page stands with its beautiful red wooden doors. Stepping inside, you’ll find it contains that classic bar vibe, walls with old oak paneling and eclectic decorations throughout the room. Although they don’t specialize in cocktails, they do have ‘Piney The Elder’, an incredibly refreshing but heavy ale that is guaranteed to get you dancing on the pool tables. The crowd and staff are probably some of the most friendly people you will meet. The bartenders certainly have a sense of humor, and they only have a few requests for their patrons: ‘We don’t serve mojitos’ and ‘Please don’t play Rush’s 2112 on the jukebox.’

The Page, 298 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 255 6101

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Fly Bar

When people think of Fly Bar, they think of the quintessential San Francisco bar. Giant beautiful murals cover the walls and a quote by Hunter S. Thompson in giant bold letters rests over the bar reading, ‘Good people drink good beer.’ Grab yourself a big plate of the nachos and a tall glass of their locally brewed sour beer. Fly Bar is also the longest running bar in the Western Addition, having been open for more than 15 years.

Fly Bar, 1085 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 441 4232

Bar Crudo

Bar, Restaurant, Seafood, $$$
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A delicious plate of fresh shellfish from Bar Crudo
A delicious plate of fresh shellfish from Bar Crudo | © circeberman/Wikipedia

Bar Crudo

Check out Bar Crudo for an fancy atmosphere, with its a wide selection of fresh seafood, ice cold white wine and beer. Go for the smooth and refreshing assyrtiko white wine along with a half dozen raw kusshi oysters on a half shell. The cocktail sauce they use is a mixture of garlic, vinegar, and ketchup. Although it may lean toward the pricier side, it’s worth visiting at happy hour from 5:30pm to 6:00pm for great prices on oysters. You have to act fast though!

Bar Crudo, 655 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 409 0679

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Tue - Thu:
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat:
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sun:
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Madrone Art Bar

Bar, Pub Grub, $$$
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Open mic night at the Madrone Art Bar
Open mic night at the Madrone Art Bar | © Dianne Yee/Flickr

Madrone Art Bar

Madrone Art Bar falls into the ‘divey’ category of bars in the Western Addition. However, it is still a neighborhood favorite with an exhibit or event scheduled just about every day. Be sure to visit on ‘Motown Monday’, a modern twist to old Motown music, as it’s sure to be a memorable time. Be prepared to sweat those Monday blues away with a refreshing mule.

Madrone Art Bar, 500 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 241 0202

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Bistro Gambrinus

Bistro, Pub, Restaurant, American, European, German, Belgian, $$$
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Bistro Gambrinus

Bistro Gambrinus specializes in Eastern European imported beer and food. The quaint little pub is a perfect place for any college student or sports fan to come sit and grab a drink after class or to watch the game. The sausages go well with any of the Belgian, Czech, and German beers. Located right down the road from University of San Francisco (USF) on Fulton, the bistro’s owner, Neil, has a drink special for USF students.

Bistro Gambrinus, 1813 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 221 7777

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Barrel Head Brewhouse

Bar, American, $$$
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Barrel Head Brewhouse

Barrel Head Brewhouse is a two-story bar-restaurant with more than 40 beers on tap! Start off with the ‘flight du jour’ and get a sample of some of their house brewed drinks, freshly poured from their decommissioned torpedo tap. Stall your hunger with some their tasty bar entrées, such as the ‘barrel beef burger’, or the ‘seared tombo tuna’. Come in after work or school for their happy hour Monday-Friday from 4:30pm-6pm. Sit at the gorgeously smooth wooden table or bar and take a load off.

Barrel Head Brewhouse, 785 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 416 6989

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Mon - Thu:
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
Fri:
4:00 pm - 1:00 am
Sat:
11:30 am - 1:00 am
Sun:
11:30 am - 12:00 am

The Corner Store

Bar, Restaurant, American, $$$
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The Corner Store

It’s not what you think. The Corner Store isn’t like your local bodegaesque corner shop where you can buy groceries and cigarettes. The Corner Store is a casual Americana-style restaurant and bar with comfort food and fountain-style mixed drinks. At night, sit at the bar and order a couple rounds of the ‘she’s right behind me, isn’t she?’ or their amazing ‘Corner Store float’, a mixture of bourbon, root liqueur, root beer, and vanilla ice cream. Then, come in the next day during brunch hours to nurse that hangover with some house-made chicken gravy and biscuits. Make sure you get there early or make a reservation because it’s bound to be packed.

The Corner Store, 5 Masonic Ave, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 359 1800

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