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Best Dive Bar 

The Phone Booth

At the nexus of hipster bar, queer bar, and neighborhood bar lies the Phone Booth. During the locust swarm of trendy bars symptomatic of the dot-com era, this low-key lounge served as a much-needed oasis, far from the ever-present Cosmopolitans and blue Gap shirts. The place's charm is in its consistently casual, friendly demeanor and its reasonable prices. A Mission watering hole for many years, the Phone Booth has its die-hard (yet amicable) regulars, but adds a dash of dewy youth to soften its divey edge. Its offerings have been revamped to include not just beer but also harder alcohol, a pleasing jukebox, and eye-catching décor (a Barbie chandelier, flamboyant holiday fare, a head shot of Tom Selleck circa Magnum, P.I.). Whether the bar is densely packed or sweetly serene, its awesome staff keeps the libations flowing

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