Dive Bars in North Beach


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Columbus Cafe by the Numbers 75+ years in business 365 days per year that it's open 26 microbrews on tap 27 herbs and spices in Fernet Branca, which is available for $3 a shot 1 place where you can get the specially brewed Columbus Cafe Ale by Pyramid Breweries 2 draft beers for the price of one during daily happy hour 3 big-screen TVs 4 hours of daily drink specials (4 p.m. to 8 p.m.) 2 a.m. daily closing time
562 Green St
San Francisco,
CA
US
Visit San Francisco's Hawaii West for fresh ribs that fall off the bone, sweet corn and homemade baked beans. No need to miss out on Hawaii West just because you are avoiding fat or gluten. The bar has loads of options that can accommodate your dietary needs. TVs are also readily available in the bar area to broadcast the best games. If you're heading out on a Friday or Saturday, keep in mind that the bar gets busy. null Save your pennies for a rainy day — with prices generally under $15, you'll have plenty left over even after dining at Hawaii West.
729 Vallejo St
San Francisco,
CA
US
Chow down on all of your pub favorites at Grant and Green Saloon. Dieters beware — Grant and Green Saloon does not offer low-fat cuisine. Beer, wine, and more are also available from Grant and Green Saloon's extensive drink list. Make sure to check out Grant and Green Saloon's happy hour for a great way to decompress from the workday. The restaurant features live music and a dance floor, so you can kick up your heels and step to the rhythm. Guests may have a hard time conversing, as the restaurant is rather noisy. Interested in eating out over the weekend? Keep in mind that the restaurant gets swamped on Fridays and Saturdays, and service may take longer than expected. null A typical meal at Grant and Green Saloon will set you back less than $30.
1371 Grant Ave
San Francisco,
CA
US
Six Things to Know About International Sports Club This North Beach dive is a local favorite thanks to a casual vibe and great specials. Open until 2 a.m. every day of the week, International Sports Club is the place to catch a game, shoot some pool, and unwind with friends. Read on for more about this neighborhood watering hole: It’s cash only. The daily happy hour is no joke. Between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. beers (yes, all of them) and well drinks are just $2.50. Tank up on Anchor Steam, Fat Tire, or whatever happens to be on tap. Pool is free on Wednesday nights. Chaulk up for free billiards every Wednesday to sharpen your skills, and then put your hard work to the test during a Tuesday tournament. It’s down the street from Bimbos. Catching a show at Bimbo’s 365? International is the spot to get your night started before a concert, or to revel in the afterglow. Dogs are welcome. Bring Fido. Make friends. No locks, no problems. In classic dive fashion there are no locks on the bathroom, so remember to knock.
1000 Columbus Ave
San Francisco,
CA
US
In Focus: Mr. Bing’s Drinks: bottled beers and cocktails poured with a heavy hand Clientele: everyone from down-and-out locals to world travelers The vibe: no-frills atmosphere enhanced with a dash of kitsch Local praise: Time Out called it “a prince among dives.” Entertainment: pay-to-play jukebox Claim to fame: Anthony Bourdain stopped in to film his Travel Channel show The Layover. Inside tip: The bar is cash only.
201 Columbus Ave
San Francisco,
CA
US
In Focus: Li Po Cocktail Lounge Established: 1937 Neighborhood: Chinatown Vibe: cozy, dimly lit dive bar Specialties: Chinese cocktails made with rum Decor: Much of the original interior from the ‘30s is still in tact, including the wraparound bar, red leather booths, and traditional Chinese lanterns. Who watches you while you drink: a large statue of Buddha situated behind the bar How Anthony Bourdain describes the mai tai: “Lethal.”
916 Grant Ave
San Francisco,
CA
US
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