55 "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.
The Beehive is a retro-futuristic bar in the Mission where you can get ’60s-inspired drinks and fondue.
Violet’s in the Richmond is a good neighborhood date stop for cocktails and a light bite.
Fool’s Errand is a wine bar in Nopa that’s great for waiting for a reservation on Divis or hanging out with a few friends.
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.
School Night in Dogpatch is a good spot to go after work with your team for cocktails and good bar food.
Fifth Arrow in Union Square is a bar and bowling alley with pizza that you’ll actually want to eat.
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.