Hi Tops is a cool place to start the night if you are set on going out in the Castro, but want to ease into it before inevitably ending up at Beaux. Theoretically Hi Tops is a sports bar, but more closely resembles a wax museum of chiseled gay men. Everyone knows that the male:female ratio in SF is like a Mariah Carey music video (8:1), so HT is perfect for a girls night out if you’re more in the market for a GBF than a BF, or if you just happen to be in the mood for a $5 basket of wings on a Monday.
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Royal Exchange is a lively bar in the Financial District with a full menu, seating for groups, and a lot of beers on tap, great for after work.
Duarte’s Tavern in Pescadero makes simple American food, like artichoke soup and pork chops, that’s worth going out of your way for.
Mago on Piedmont Ave. specializes in snacks, pastas, and shareable plates made from seasonal ingredients over a wood fire.
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El Rio in Bernal Heights is one of our old reliables - especially with it’s excellent outdoor space.
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