Drinks brewed with Taiwanese tea leaves and crammed full of fresh fruit bits, plus fresh fruit smoothies topped with whipped cream
Multiple Locations(5.4 miles)
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A Bit of History: The Ramp wasn’t even serving food when it started in 1950—well, not the human kind anyway. That’s because it was just a bait shop. Eventually, it acquired its first food-related piece of equipment, a hot-dog machine, to service the boatyard next door. Since then, it’s expanded the menu considerably and, due to a large bayside patio, has become a staple of waterside dining in Mission Bay.
Where to Sit: Grab a plastic patio chair at one of the old wooden tables equipped with a shade umbrella.
When to Go: Head in Saturday for brunch followed by salsa dancing with live musicians (May—October). Otherwise, head in for a rotating lineup of specially priced dishes, such as oysters on the half shell, and drinks during happy hour every Monday—Friday from 4:30pm until 7pm.
While You’re Waiting
While You’re in the Neighborhood
Before: Test your sea legs with a cruise under the Bay Bridge and past Alcatraz with Ruby Sailing (855 Terry A Francois Boulevard)
After: Dance into the night with salsa and tango at Cafe Cocomo (650 Indiana Street)
Featured on Travel Channel's Feed the Beast and hailed as the area's Best White Trash Diner by SF Weekly, Butter reunites patrons with deep-fried and microwaveable specialties reminiscent of afterschool indulgences. The full bar and restaurant pairs its premium well drinks and 16-ounce tall cans with dishes including tater tots, mini corn dogs, and deep-fried pog slammers. Chefs infuse cocktails with grape and strawberry sodas, and pillage a pantry to turn up desserts including twinkies and deep-fried peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches. In the midst of glowing beer signs and traditional bar décor, a Winnebago emerges from the wall guided by neon headlights. Against this backdrop, Butter hosts a regular array of themed parties such as retro Fridays, house music Saturdays, and karaoke Sundays.
Delirium cocktail lounge and bar welcomes revelers under its retro neon sign into darkened interiors for late-night libations and themed music nights. Weekly events see appearances by oft-recurring guest DJs who swaddle guests' ears in throbbing spins of electronic, ska, and punk anthems. Bartenders stir up eclectic vodka and whiskey cocktails at a marble-sided bar, while guests cavort across the tile floor, surrounded by graffiti décor and bathed in soft blue light. Delirium also hosts recurring events such as comedy nights, crock-pot offerings, and a complimentary afternoon barbecue on Saturday, Sunday, and any day when the barbecue stork drops by.
When someone left a broken toilet outside of their bar, Pat Ramseyer and Nancy White responded the best way they knew how: they turned the discarded porcelain, intended as a sign of disrespect toward their lesbianism, into art. The toilet became part of their sculpture garden, adding to a collection of quirky odds and ends that still flourishes today. Thankfully, the garden's installations are no longer the results of prejudice. Since its inception in 1962, Wild Side West has become a haven for an eclectic, all-ages crowd of artists, sports-lovers, and members of the LGBTQ community.
The bar's interior is just as whimsical as its garden and patio, with photographs, paintings, and masks crowding the walls of a converted Victorian home. Amidst the trove of tchotchkes, patrons can compete at the pool table or peruse the jukebox, which is usually easier than hoping a thunderstorm starts rumbling in 4/4 time. Two flat-screen televisions broadcast sports games when live performances or fundraising parties aren't providing entertainment.
Though Pat and Nancy have passed away, their warm bohemian character permeates the entire venue, from the old piano to the plants growing inside boots on the porch. These charms led SF Weekly to recognize Wild Side West as one of the Top 8 Outdoor Bars in San Francisco in 2012.
New evidence dates the saloon that eventually became Elixir as far back as 1858, which makes it one of the few places remaining from San Francisco’s Wild West days. In 2003, the saloon was restored, transforming its red-checkered floor and dated bar into a sophisticated space with a polished mahogany bar, rust-colored leather bar stools, and a sleek black floor. The interior isn’t the only thing to change. The saloon now hosts quiz nights, theme nights, and a cocktail club. Friday and Saturday nights, the saloon transforms into a candlelit lounge draped in red velvet. On Sundays, visitors compete with friends at Taboo, Pictionary, Connect Four, and Nintendo.
On any given night, bartenders pour microbrew drafts and cocktails into the bar’s signature glassware or the mouths of chirping baby chicks. One house cocktail, a spicy take on the bloody mary dubbed the Bloody Elixir, even made it onto GQ’s list of 20 Best Cocktails in America.
Dancing is a given at The Lexington Club, where members of the lesbian and queer community have been partying for 16 years. But while beats are assured, it's often tough to predict what musical decade you'll be grooving to. Themed DJ nights pull together songs from the 50s through today's top 40 listings, covering pop, disco, slow jams, and songs by LGBT artists. Regardless of the tunes being played within, the small bar's ambiance remains one of rollicking hospitality. Red walls and tasseled chandeliers surround patrons as they mingle or compete in games of pool, which are free on Mondays. Other regular events include sake-bomb Wednesdays and trivia, held on the third and seventh Tuesday of the month. The Lexington Club stays open until 2 a.m. every night, and the staff typically abstains from charging a cover fee.
Though its original plan in 1978 was to be a leather Brazilian gay bar, El Rio now shuns dress codes, instead welcoming guys in tutus, ladies in wigs, and even dogs. Inside, this diverse crowd mingles over rounds of shuffleboard and billiards and rowdy dice games. Visitors can bring their own food to enjoy with margaritas and drinks from a bloody Mary bar with flavored vodkas. A nightclub feel takes over in the later hours, when the space hosts such events as karaoke, burlesque, and indie band shows. The only kind people expressly not welcome are jerks, whom the establishment has a “bad bad temper for.” Along with jerks, credit cards are not accepted.
When to Go: Try planning your visit to coincide with the the annual Barleywine Festival, when bartenders devote all of their taps to this strong, fruity ale.
While You’re Waiting: Scan the menu that hangs above the bar. It’s best to have an order in mind by the time you reach the bartender—the staff can be a touch surly.
By the Numbers
The Vibe: Toronado definitely gives off a divey vibe. Its walls are covered with antique beer signs, and old draft handles look down from the ceiling like the ghosts of pints past.
In the Press
While You’re in the Neighborhood
Before: Order a bratwurst at Rosamunde Sausage Grill (545 Haight Street), and bring it with you to the bar.
After: Take a class in night photography or darkroom techniques at Harvey Milk Photo Center (50 Scott Street).
If You Can’t Make It, Try This: Play pinball between beers at Lucky 13 (2140 Market Street).
The Backstory: The Broken Record's kitchen has been reinvented a handful of times in recent years, and the latest iteration—Hood Grub—serves up organic, sustainable bar food created by Chef Michael Nguyen. Though a few staples from the old kitchen make an appearance, including the much-loved sweet-potato tots, most of the menu is new.
While You’re Waiting: Explore the bar area’s amenities, which include pool tables, TVs, dartboards, and beer. However, it’s the whiskey selection that really sets the Broken Record apart. If the Four Roses bourbon on tap doesn't catch your eye, consider pours of rare whiskies such as Macallan Speymalt 35 year and Glenrothes 1972.
If You Can’t Make It, Try This: Hood Grub's owners and chef are also the masterminds behind the casual New American eatery the Vine (37533 Niles Boulevard, Fremont).
A rule of thumb: if the name of a San Francisco bar contains a number, it's probably a dive. The venerable 3300 Club is no exception; this is a corner bar at Mission and 29th Streets that's been owned by the same Irish-American family for over half a century. Hip but not overly so, and surprisingly diverse, this down-low drink spot offers plate-glass windows for scene scanning and proximity to some of the area’s best restaurants. Before dinner at Pizza Hacker or after fried chicken at the Front Porch, this is a sure spot to start the night – or keep it rolling – thanks to cheap cans of beer and the ever-flickering ambiance of a sports game on the television. Few other watering holes demonstrate such peaceful coexistence between all the Mission's thirsty tribes.
Located on Folsom Street?from which the infamous adult subculture festival got its name?Truck has long established itself as a host of mischievous Bacchanalian excess. The gay bar, which was named San Francisco's Best Gay Bar by the SF Bay Guardian in 2012, features a weekly schedule of naughty dance nights, such as NSFW and Dirty Talk, but beyond presenting cheeky parties, the joint also serves up cocktails and pub grub. Guests can dig into flank steak, pasta, and the original Truck burger?still slathered in peanut butter, which was narrowly beaten out by ketchup during the 1889 America's Top Condiment silent-film event.
Narrow, wood-paneled and shaped vaguely like a train car, the Buccaneer is Russian Hill's most notorious dive. A shot of Fernet with a beer back is almost obligatory as this pirate-themed watering hole fills up on weekend nights, when Abercrombie-clad twentysomethings from the Polk and the Marina converge to shoot pool, drink Franziskaner watch the Patriots or the Red Sox. A Bostonian spot through and through, the Buc is also dog-friendly, putting out treats and water bowls for furry friends – but your pooch has to play nice with Bullitt, the house black lab, which certainly shouldn’t be a problem, given his affable disposition.