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Best Bars in San Francisco, Recommended By Locals

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Other travelers are already visiting some local bars and hot spots recommended by our Locals

Get to know San Francisco like a local by visiting some of their favorite bars. Here are just a few that we think you might be love:

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Patrick's Pick

Tonga Room

Neighborhood - Nob Hill

Price - $$

Is it full of tourists? Yes. Is it tacky? Yes again but we love this place. Floating barge with a band and fun drinks. Trust us and come here!

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Zeitgeist

Neighborhood - Mission

Price - $

One of the best dive bars in San Francisco and is often filled with people grabbing a beer and fantastic fries. Anthony Bourdain came here so how can you not go!

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Latin American Club

Neighborhood - Mission

Price - $$

Don't let the name fool you this is no high brow place. Locals come for a "margarita" that's almost entirely full of tequila. Start your night off here for a rough morning.

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Tupelo

Neighborhood - North Beach

Price - $$

Live bands are somehow not big in San Francisco but Tupelo is a local favorite for it. Great bands and always a crowd. When you're done go next door for another band.

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After grinding it at work during COVID all I wanted was some good live music, cocktails, and fantastic food while avoiding the tourist traps. That's exactly what I got when I worked through Virgil!

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I always spent hours trying to figure out where I wanted to go and what I'd feel comfortable with while traveling alone. Patrick and Virgil helped me plan my perfect solo travel and met fantastic people! Definitely will be back!

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