There’s something about hanging out on a stoop that will always make us feel like we’re striking cool poses and have a direct neural link to the Beastie Boys. But the weather outside isn’t always ideal for stooping, and that’s when we head to The Showdown in North Beach. This bar has a big staircase in the main room that leads to nowhere and it’s perfect for hanging out on. But aside from that, this place makes solid bar food like their spicy pork schnitzel sandwich with pickled jalapenos or their fried hominy with jalapeno cheddar seasoning that’s perfect for snacking on, alongside a few beers in preparation for playing pool. Or sitting on those stairs while you hope that Licence to Ill comes on the speakers.
More spots in North BeachSee more
Tosca Cafe has been around forever, serving food and their boozy house “cappuccinos” in a dark, loud space.
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.
More American spotsSee more
Son’s Addition is a neighborhood spot in the Mission that serves everything from charred octopus to a solid cheeseburger.
Scoma’s in Fisherman’s Wharf is an old-school seafood spot with some of the best Dungeness crab in the city.
Trick Dog is an awesome cocktail bar that is sometimes overwhelmed by the masses. Go on a quiet night and you’ll have an awesome time.
Suggested by our writers
Tony’s Pizza Napoletana
Tony’s Pizza Napoletana in North Beach has nearly every style of pizza you can ask for all under one roof.
Golden Boy Pizza
Golden Boy Pizza in North Beach sells inexpensive, filling pizza slices worth waiting in line for.
Chubby Noodle’s North Beach location is a great place for a group dinner or bottomless dim sum brunch.
Filter and browse restaurants near you
Text us for personalized recommendationsLearn more