28 "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.
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.
Marengo on the Alley is a restaurant that serves sliders and cocktails in the Financial District. Good for a quick bit and drinks after work.
Harrington’s is a bar in the Financial district that’s somewhere between a dive and an old-school bar. The patio out front is great on a nice day.
Eddie Rickenbacker’s is an old-school bar in the SoMa great for classic cocktails in an upscale environment.
Royal Exchange is a lively bar in the Financial District with a full menu, seating for groups, and a lot of beers on tap, great for after work.
Novela is an upscale bar in the SoMa that serves literary themed drinks in a modern, book-themed atmosphere.