Lone Palm is a dive bar that decided to class things up a bit. The candles, white tablecloths, and neon lights make it feel like a swanky Art Deco lounge in South Beach - or Rick Blaine’s gambling den in Casablanca. But it’s here, on a quiet block in the Mission. But don’t let the seductive interiors fool you into thinking this place doesn’t do pours for the people. Lone Palm has stiff drinks that are also affordable, and bowls of Goldfish crackers that will snap you out of feeling like you’re in a sweaty club in Miami Vice. You’d be just as good sipping on a martini in Don Johnson’s suit as you would throwing back a cheap well shot at the bar, which makes Lone Palm great for any occasion.
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