Dirty Habit is one of the only not-terrible options for drinking outdoors near Union Square. We wouldn’t travel across the city to come here, but it’s reliable for a post-work hang that calls for strong cocktails. The bar food is also shareable and pretty good (get the fries).
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Popsons, near Union Square, does excellent burgers (unsurprisingly, since it’s from the people behind Causwells).
Hops & Hominy
Hops & Hominy, near Union Square, has strong Southern food, like shrimp and grits, cornbread, fried chicken, and black-eyed pea fritters.
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Tony Nik’s is an old-school bar in North Beach that’s great to sit at when you’re waiting for your table at Tony’s Pizza next door.
Irish Times in the Financial District is an Irish sports bar that serves standard bar food. Outside TVs are great for watching a game in nice weather.
When you want to impress someone with great cocktails and small plates, take them Moongate Lounge in Chinatown.
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