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The The 10 Bars In San Francisco's Marina District, California
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The The 10 Bars In San Francisco's Marina District, California

Picture of Kirby Gordon
Updated: 9 February 2017
The best thing about San Francisco is its cultural diversity. Each neighborhood is unique, and the Marina has done a perfect job of making a name for itself as a hub of activity. Check out 10 of the best bars in the area.
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Bar None

Bar None. We’ve been racking our brains trying to figure out the meaning behind the name. It could be because after a night out at this place, you’ll have no memory of ever being there. None. Don’t believe us? Start out with a few of the daily specials, $2 secret shots, then a $12 pitcher, a game of beer pong or three, then see who’s a believer. Don’t say you weren’t warned.

Bar None, 1980 Union Street, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 409 4469

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The Tipsy Pig

The Tipsy Pig is the perfect blend of hipster culture and Marina vibes. The atmosphere is spot on – an American gastropub with food and beer selection to match. If you bring a date here for dinner, we recommend the mac ‘n’ cheese with bacon. Don’t forget to try the Strawberry Fields cocktail.

The Tipsy Pig, 2231 Chestnut St, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 292 2300

MatrixFillmore

Matrix is one of those places that makes you curse last call. When 2am hits, it’s hard to admit defeat. The DJ always impresses and the cocktails do, too. Did someone mention a fireplace? And a six-to-one guy-to-girl ratio? If there was such thing as a classy Jersey Shore, this would be it. That’s meant that in the best way possible.

MatrixFillmore, 3138 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 563 4180

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Horseshoe Tavern

Mom always said, ‘Don’t judge a book by it’s cover.’ From the outside, Horseshoe Tavern looks just like any other dive bar, but inside… well, okay, it’s just as dive-y. Unlike other watering holes in the area, this one actually serves drinks under $10. Check-in here and get your first drink on the house.

Horseshoe Tavern, 2024 Chestnut St, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 346 1430

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The Blue Light

The Blue Light is easily a top pick for many reasons. One, there is no shortage of televisions on which to watch your favorite game while indulging in an ice cold brew. Two, Taco Tuesday specials will leave you coming back for more.

The Blue Light, 1979 Union St, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 922 5510

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Campus

Two words: Bloody Mary. This spot may not be as established as many other bars in the Marina, but it has a life-changing Bloody Mary, guaranteed. Two more words: Chex Mix. Well, make that three: free Chex Mix. Word on the street is Campus also serves a $10 shot and beer special. You may have just found both the holy grail and your future nightmare.

Campus, 2241 Chestnut St, San Francisco, CA 94123, USA +1 415 722 9109

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Monaghan’s

Monaghan’s is a classic, and any long time Marina patron would agree. This spot continues to amaze; in a sea of nightclubs, this ship sails steady, or wobbly – very wobbly. Must be the insanely cheap drink specials Monaghan’s pours. The crowd… well, you know what to expect. Embrace it.

Monaghan’s, 3243 Pierce St, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 872 7916

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Hi-Fi Lounge

Chances are, if you’re in the Marina, you’re looking for a good time. Maybe not a long time, but a good time. Hi-Fi is here to help with all of your personal needs. Music? Always on point. Dance floor? Even more so. Don’t let the crowds scare you away – the more the merrier. And the more potential for free drinks.

Hi-Fi Lounge, 2125 Lombard St, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 345 8663

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Marina Lounge

No need to bore you with the familiar, so here’s the short take. Great atmosphere, cheap drinks, TVs with sports, pool tables, yadda yadda yadda… The one thing that makes Marina Lounge so special is one famous bartender: Sully. Best not to go into detail; you’ll just have to go see what all the fuss is all about for yourself.

Marina Lounge, 2138 Chestnut St, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 922 1475

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Reed & Greenough

Reed & Greenough is the type of place where you sip on your handcrafted cocktail, get too competitive during shuffleboard, then look around and think, ‘have I turned into my mother?’ This upscale bar, covered in vintage décor, is straight out of the 1800s. Seriously, they found the old sign of the bar fossilized under the Earth. How hip is that?

Reed & Greenough, 3251 Scott St, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 913 7021

By Kirby Gordon