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    Best Deal on Craft Beer in America

    The world nearly stopped last year when rumors that this well-graffitied, deeply historied Market Street rock 'n' roll bar would be knocked down and turned into condos started circulating. Lesson learned: Everything is temporary, including happy hour, so the time…
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    Best Shot of Ouzo

    You may measure your true 415 cred by the amount of times you've strolled into the diner that "never close" (as the sign says), sidled up to the bar, ordered a drink, and received a shot of ouzo on the…
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    Best Wine Club

    Please: Stop boring your friends with your expansive knowledge of Napa Cab's jamminess, and stow your expert Pinot recommendations for just a second. Allow your worldview to expand beyond the Bay Area — or, if you haven't yet uncorked insufferability,…
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    Best Irish Pub

    You can enter many an "Irish pub" in San Francisco with an ample Guinness flow and trad music on the PA that is about as Irish as a bowl of Lucky Charms floating in green beer. There is no Guinness…
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    Best Reclaimed Dive Bar

    The Tenderloin was set to lose another irreplaceable when the Ha-Ra Club — a low-ceilinged dive of the slummiest reputation, long fallen into neglect, but nevertheless beloved for strong pours, idiosyncratic bartenders, and a long history — was taken over…
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    Best Bar For Slumming It

    The true Tenderloin dive bar is an endangered species, a fact driven home by the sudden demise last year of the 21 Club at Turk and Taylor. What spirit that lived there migrated a few blocks up and has settled…
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    Best "Business Lunch"

    As much as venture capital or entrepreneurial vision, the lifeblood of business is libations. It wasn't "innovation" that powered the heyday of American business and industry; it was innovation sparked by a dose of Vitamin V at lunchtime. There is…
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    Best Place To Sip Rosé

    The rent's beyond too damn high, your roommate won't shut up about his worthless-yet-about-to-be-sold app, and you're this close to driving for Uber, not riding in one. Face it: Being a San Franciscan in 2016 has many pitfalls. There are…
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    Best Place to Drink with a Giant

    No passwords or prowess will gain you entry to the Gotham Club, the San Francisco Giants' answer to the city's fascination with speakeasies and secret locales. Situated behind the out-of-town scoreboard in right field, it is a respite for the…
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    Best Bar to Stare at Boobs

    If you like boobs — and staring at them to your heart's content — then you should mosey on over to High Tide. Granted, the boobs we're talking about are made out of oil paint and hanging on a wall…
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    Most Ridiculous Drag Night

    One consequence of drag becoming almost mainstream is that the different subcategories of drag are better able to differentiate themselves. If you want sassy event hostessing, unimpeachable realness, or septuagenarian dance moves, you can have your pick of places. But…
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    Best Shuffleboard Table

    If you're like us, and you appreciate the slap-happy singles style of Tony Gwynn to the deep-ball threat of Barry Bonds, then the shuffleboard table at Fly Bar on Larkin and Sutter is definitely your speed. It's like half the…
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    Best Tenderloin Bar for Watching The Giants And Meeting TL Locals

    With neighborhood institutions like the 21 Club closing to make way for yuppie cocktail bars, Brown Jug remains an oasis — and one that takes full advantage of the state's operating hours window, 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily. This…
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    Gay Bar We Hope Will Live Forever

    In this city, the gay-bar funeral procession starts up every six months when another one announces its impending closure. But when The Gangway said in January that it was getting sold and then rescinded the news in April, we found…
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    Best Neighborhood Dive

    A dive, friends, is not measured by the number of out-of-order taps, shady characters slumped at the bar, or questionable stains. A dive is comfortable, a lived-in (or drank-in) space where regulars and bartenders can keep a running tab going…
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    Readers Poll Winners

    Best Beer Selection Toronado Best Bloody Mary Pop's Best dive bar Lucky 13 Best Gay Friendly Bar El Rio Best Happy Hour Madrone Best Karaoke The Mint Best Live Music Venue The Independent Best Local Brewery Anchor Steam Best…
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    Readers Poll Winners

    Best Beer Selection Golden Gate Tap Room Best Cocktail Palm House Best Cocktail Bar Trick Dog Best Dive Bar Lucky 13 Best Gay Friendly Bar El Rio Best Karaoke The Mint Best Live Music Venue The Chapel Best Mezcal Bar…
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    Best New Bar With an Old-School Game

    Borrowing liberally from the game that everybody loves the most about The Price is Right, Jackalope has a drinking game installed on the wall. For $11, patrons may play Plinko Drinko, dropping a chip into a slot and hoping it…
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    Best Super Duper Old School Neighborhood Bar

    Out in the Excelsior, there's a bar that opens early and closes early, where men with ballcaps emblazoned with battleship call signs drink shots and beers at 11 a.m. and Johnny Cash is on the jukebox. Everyone's lived here for…
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    Best Trip to the Retro-Future

    The Long Now Foundation is a society of eccentrics dedicated to making sure homo sapiens sticks around for a good long while and that just so happens to be keen on boozing it up in a rarefied atmosphere. Having snagged…
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    Best New Cocktail Bar

    Anyplace that has a drink called Whiskey in Church is all right by us, and even though it sounds like something a decades-old dive would hawk, it's actually at one of the fancier Nouveau Mission bars. Utensil-free %ABV is famed…
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    Best Bar That's Been a Bar Since Before 1915

    When longtime owner and resident grump Scott Ellsworth passed away last year, it seemed like the Uptown might bite the dust. (The nearby Elbo Room is a dead man walking.) But the dive bar that's been serving beer and bourbon…
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    Best New Distillery

    Bursting onto the local scene in 2013 with a line of experimental bitters, this Dogpatch-based Seven Stills distillery matured beautifully in 2014, releasing the first in its Seven Stills for Seven Hills whiskey series. The line of brown spirits is…
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    Best Bar Trend

    Ah, the classic Negroni cocktail: uniting the botanical notes of gin with the bitterness of Campari, tied together under a musty little bow of vermouth. To any seasoned drinker, it's no less notable an Italian export than pasta, Parmesan, or…
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    Best New Brewpub

    Magnolia's long-awaited Smokestack, a brewpub and barbecue spot in the Dogpatch, has been open for about a year, and it's busy, busy, busy! It's drawing crowds thanks to the interior's killer design and ambience, the fantastic beer made in its…

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    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"

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