47 "Drinks & A Light Bite" restaurants in San Francisco.
When you don’t want to commit to a full dinner (blind date, catching up with an aunt, waiting two hours for a table elsewhere), bars with good food are ideal. Make an easy exit after the first round, or go for a second and maybe some food if it’s going well. Either way, these spots have you covered.
Barvale, in NoPa, serves quality tapas - including some of the best octopus we’ve ever eaten.
Altovino is an Italian restaurant in Nob Hill perfect for a quiet date or a business dinner.
Jupiter in Berkeley is known for its amazing patio and live music situation. It has a ton of beers on tap and serves decent pizza.
The Californian-Mediterranean food at Lark in the Castro might be geographically inaccurate, but it tastes pretty great.
True Laurel is a cocktail bar and small plates spot in the Mission that’s great for a date.
Hit up Barrio in North Beach for a few beers and some tacos with a friend or impromptu date.
Prepare to pay a lot of money for some delicious raw things - like oysters and beef tartare - at Petit Marlowe in SoMa.
A low key Russian Hill wine bar with excellent meat and cheese. The ladies love Union Larder.
Barcino, a Spanish spot in Hayes Valley, serves tasty but expensive tapas. Come for drinks and a snack, but probably not dinner.
The secret to doing Mezcalito in Russian Hill right is to know that it’s a mezcal bar first, a restaurant second.
At Bon Voyage in the Mission, you can get cocktails and dumplings in a space that feels like you’re on a cartoon safari.
At Fifth Arrow in Union Square, you’ll get bowling alley food like pizza that you’ll actually want to eat.