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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China Live Market Restaurant
The Market Restaurant at China Live in Russian Hill serves an extensive menu of Chinese food in a large, loud dining room.
Seven Hills is an Italian neighborhood spot between Nob and Russian Hills that makes good pasta, but everything else is hit-or-miss.
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The Showdown is a bar in North Beach with good food, a pool table, and an indoor stoop for hanging out on.
At Bon Voyage in the Mission, you can get cocktails and dumplings in a space that feels like you’re on a cartoon safari.
Berkeley’s Top Dog is an institution: an anarchist hole-in-the-wall that serves incredible hot dogs late into the night.
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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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