Even if you only aspire to the whole neckbeard and ink-sleeve look, and haven't yet wangled the sort of job (bread delivery guy? A.M. barista? ) that affords afternoons off, you can feel totally at home at this scuffed slice of Mission real estate. Especially on a swelter-y day like this, slip into a ribbed beater and hoist buck-off drafts and $3 wells (4-7 p.m.) in a sprawling room that's dim, cool, and more than slightly biker edgy. Plus it's Whiskey Wednesday, when you can get a shot and a PBR for a mere $5, all night long. Slink off to a table, or out to the tiny back patio, and remind yourself why you moved to this city in the first place, despite rents that tend to dash those barista dreams: its ability to totally effing chill. Pity the bridge-and-tunnel fools sweating the BART ride home to Concord, and get another beer in your system.
Bender's 806 S. Van Ness (at 19th St.), 824-1800