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Beta Lounge

This sleek, loungey little wine/sake bar boasts an interesting menu of nigori cocktails, a dozen or so largely satisfying noshes, and an ambient conviviality that belies its proto-IKEA design scheme.

District

This sleek Old Oakland wine-and-whiskey bar boasts gorgeous design, a mind-bogglingly huge menu, and some of the best bar food around.

Encuentro

Encuentro is as inclined as any other eatery to fetishize all things organic and sustanible but also puts a premium on haute cuisine. the menue includes stuffed prunes, brushettas, red quinoa, and other delecasies, all nicely garnished and reasonably priced. Not to mention that the decor featers eco-friendly and scavaged materials.

Medjool is one of the swankier locales to pop up in the Mission District. Tall ceilings, slick wood floors (if you’re wearing stilettos, watch out), and three levels to lounge in make this an ideal spot for a fun night on the town. True to its Middle Eastern/North African theme, DJs spin “eclectic grooves” every Friday and Saturday night. For something truly unique, brave the fog on Medjool’s rooftop terrace, where the bar and boom-box sound system will keep you around all night.

TOAST

The College Avenue restaurant and wine bar, opened in 2011 by two local moms, serves meals made with local produce and sustainably farmed and caught fish and meats, and small plates for pairing with carefully selected, small-production wines. TOAST is also available for private events.

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