Macondray is so lush and full of plants that we wouldn’t be surprised if it actually doubled as a hummingbird sanctuary. This bar is one of the prettier spots in Russian Hill to drink cocktails like the Brandy Alexander Davenport or their spicy Flor De Pascua with mezcal, tequila, and pomegranate. If you want something to snack on, they also have New England-inspired food like lobster rolls and pier fries covered in malt vinegar powder.
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Head to Loving Cup in Russian Hill for rice pudding and frozen yogurt when ice cream just isn’t what you want.
Saint Frank in Russian Hill is a bit swanky for a coffee shop, but it has nice light, space to work, and some good breakfast options.
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Little Creatures in Mission Bay makes great beer, bar food, and pizzas in their huge brewery.
El Techo de Lolinda
A rooftop bar in the Mission, El Techo de Lolinda is where you should be when the sun’s out.
The Showdown is a bar in North Beach with good food, a pool table, and an indoor stoop for hanging out on.
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Elephant Sushi in Russian Hill usually has a bit of a wait, so try to head there on the early side (they open at 6).
Greens Sports Bar
We’ve spent way too much time at Greens Sports Bar in Russian Hill. You should too.
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