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Bars & Clubs

Best Local Dive Bar 

The Tempest

431 Natoma, 415-495-1863
tempest-bar.com
Located behind the Chronicle Building on an unlovely stretch of Natoma, the Tempest is a long-standing bar with a rustic interior of exposed brick and faded pool tables where bike messengers stand should-to-shoulder with nobs looking for a nightcap after a fancy dress at the Old Mint. Despite the sticker-clad bathroom walls (and there are many, many stickers) and loud sports broadcasts playing in the background, The Tempest allows you to shed all pretentions and just enjoy a nice beer or cocktail and unwind, without any strings attached. If you’re feeling a mite puckish afterwards, the Box Kitchen next door serves bar snacks until late at night.

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