Bars

Tapping back

THE WEEKNIGHTER: Into the Wayback Machine and through the tipsy ages with Upper Haight standby The Gold Cane

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THE WEEKNIGHTER Weekends are for amateurs. Weeknights are for pros. That's why each week Broke-Ass Stuart (www.brokeassstuart.com) will be exploring a different San Francisco bar, bringing you stories about the places and people who make San Francisco one of the most phenomenal cities in the world. Who wants a drink?Read more »

Aloha, partner

THE WEEKNIGHTER: Tiki drinks, tiny umbrellas, and Hell's Angels history at North Beach's Hawaii West 

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culture@sfbg.com

THE WEEKNIGHTER Weekends are for amateurs. Weeknights are for pros. That's why each week Broke-Ass Stuart (www.brokeassstuart.com) will be exploring a different San Francisco bar, bringing you stories about the places and people who make San Francisco one of the most phenomenal cities in the world. Who wants a drink?Read more »

When conservatives love Leno

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State Sen. Mark Leno is used to facing opposition. His efforts to regulate chemicals, end gender discrimination in insurance, and force cell-phone makers to come clean about radiation levels put him up against some of the most powerful interest groups in the state. Read more »

ABC shows more concern about expanding police video surveillance than Mayor Lee

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The SFPD has quietly expanded its reach and authority to obtain video surveillance from in and around bars, clubs, and markets through a condition it has begun recommending on new liquor licenses, as I reported in today's issue, effectively bypassing controls on city-operated surveillance cameras established through extensive public hearings in 2005.Read more »

Should bars be open until 4 am?

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State Sen. Mark Leno is introducing a bill that would allow (not require, allow) cities to designate areas where bars could stay open and serve alcohol until 4 am. It's not going to lead to a rampage of all-night drinking -- the bill calls for a three-stage approval system that would allow public input at every step. But it might allow a handful of clubs in the city to stay open later -- something that works just fine in a lot of other places, including most of New York State.Read more »

Meat and veg

You can also eat on St. Patrick's Day weekend

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caitlin@sfbg.com

IRISH It's early, even for me, to be in a pub. But cookbook author and Irish chef Larry Doyle requested that I make the trek to meet him at his Taraval and 29th Avenue Parkside Tavern at 9am so we can talk about his kitchens' plans for St. Patrick's Day. Sagely, he begins by proposing Americanos and telling me about latchkey kid dinners from growing up in Dublin.Read more »

Our 50 favorite San Francisco bars -- all on one page!

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From splashy dives to upscale classics (and everything in between) — our favorite spots to grab a drink

This week's cover story in the paper highlights 50 great bars we love (along with 30 honorable mentions and 10 East Bay favorites). That's a lot of pages on the Internet! here it all is on one handy page -- grab a drink and scroll with us to watering hole bliss. (You can also flip through the digital edition of the paper here.)

PS For this list we concentrated specifically on bars (including those at restaurants and hotels), leaving you to judge the cocktails at music venues and dance clubs on their own merits.

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The G50: San Francisco's top bars

From splashy dives to upscale classics (and everything in between) — our favorite spots to grab a drink

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14 excellent establishments for Olympic watching

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The Olympics might have originated as an an ancient Roman display of physical beauty and premier strength, but this is 2012, the point now is the eating, drinking, voyeurism, and generally being inactive that the Games give you an opportunity to enjoy. With the big show taking place in pub-happy London this year, you can pass off your bar tab as the price one pays for cultural authenticity. After all, it might take a pint at the Phoenix to fully appreciate rower Henrik Rummel's well-endowed disaster. So cheers to the fact that while records are broken and teenagers' dreams are being dashed in Olympic Park, we can chill with our buddies and crack up at professional divers' faces. Party like an Olympian -- need a drinking game to pass the time? -- with this list of fine establishments that showing the games if you ask nicely, satisfying both your appetite and burning need to watch ridiculously fit people sweat in spandex. Read more »

The perfect pre-Pride toast: Bayview vino at El Rio

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It's best (they say) to treat Pride as the proverbial marathon in place of sprint -- despite the fact that there is about one thousand openings-parties-dog walks happening this year that you'll no doubt be careening between. May we recommend a darling divey wine happy hour as your own personal kick-off for this year of queer festivities? El Rio's semi-weekly Mugsy Wine Bar on Fri/15 would fit the bill nicely -- and will give you the chance to try local pours made by local queers, people of color, and families that will be perfect for your larder as you traipse ever-closer to Gay Christmas. Read more »