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Chop Bar

With its savory Vietnamese pork sandwiches and occasional pig roasts, the Chop Bar is a favorite neighborhood eatery in the warehouse district. The owners are adamant about locally sourcing their food, and they also offer drafts from several Bay Area breweries, including the beloved Linden Street.

Talk about old-school: The Fat Lady's building dates back to the 1870s, and the bar has been in the same family since it was bought, refurbished, and reopened in 1970. It's now outfitted with well-chosen knickknacks — Tiffany lamps, stained glass, a sign rescued from the Fox Theater during its revitalization — and as far as the clientele goes, it's filled with whatever the human equivalent of well-chosen knickknacks is. Try the Naked Maja (Skyy cherry vodka, black cherry juice, and Sprite) — it's named for the famous Goya painting.

Hold a glass up high as Skip Henderson and Starboard Watch, a pirate band, belts out old sea shanties. It’s just your average Thursday night at Quinn’s. The lighthouse dates back to 1890. The deck seats eighty, and the pub on the second floor has eight beers on tap and more than fifty bottled beers to choose from. The atmosphere is casual — patrons are permitted to toss peanut shells on the floor. The restaurant downstairs is more formal, but guests can order off the full menu wherever they are.

Always dress fly for this trendy Jack London Square hip-hop club. Decked out with a huge dancefloor, two fully-stocked bars, VIP cabanas, a waterfront deck, and windows overlooking the San Francisco Bay, Zazoo’s bills itself as a Grand Central Station for mingling, a place to see and be seen. KMEL DJ's spin every Saturday from 9:30pm to 1am, wherein local celebrity waxslingers spin hip-hop, reggaetón, R&B, and crunk, usually for a pricey $20 cover, though it’s pretty easy to snag a $5 VIP pass via Treetop Entertainment (TreetopEntertainment.net). If such razzle-dazzle really isn’t your thing, you can always have a fulfilling night chopping it up with the club’s bouncers -- considering Zazoo’s otherwise-upscale vibe, they’re refreshingly down-to-earth.

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