40 "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.
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.
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.
School Night in Dogpatch is a great weeknight spot for after-work drinks and bar bites.
Violet’s in the Richmond is a good neighborhood date stop for cocktails and a light bite.
The European inside the Warwick Hotel is a great stop in Lower Nob Hill for bar bites and cocktails.
Tons of beers on tap and homemade sausage is what you’ll find at Hogwash in Lower Nob Hill.