Comprised of a lounge, subterranean dance club, bar, and restaurant and staffed by Asian gender-illusionists, who double as performers hourly. The second Friday of each month DJs Floorcraft, Iyad, and John Andrew spin progressive, tribal, and tech-house with special guests, no cover; Ladies Night Out every third Friday of the month with an all-male revue, $10 before midnight; and drum 'n' bass with DJ M and guests on the fourth Friday, $8 presale. Style Saturdays 10 p.m.-3 a.m. on the green laser dance floor with hip-hop, R&B and top 40's, $10; also on Saturdays is Club Boonda with DJs Pause and Smooth Doctor No, no cover. Kitchen serves Asian fusion with special prix-fixe menus. Keep your eye on the dragon, and reserve your table online.
The south of Mission dive bar attracts a rock 'n' roll-type crowd with semi-regular live punk shows and other debauchery-inspiring events.
Blondie's recently added a second bar to its backroom smoking lounge, which is open on the weekends. But the martinis are the main attraction, with specialties like the Dagwood boasting a "smorgasbord olive feast" along with smoked salmon, spicy sausage, and bleu cheese (what's the food-to-liquor ratio on that savory concoction?).
Bruno's offers live music Tuesday and Thursday, featuring Jazz Mafia Tuesdays, Batanga Live! Thursdays, and DJs on other nights. Full-service Italian restaurant open until 10 p.m.
Dress code strictly enforced: no blue jeans, sports caps, tennis shoes, or t-shirts.
There's a rich history behind this rustic Irish pub, which was founded by two sets of Irish immigrant brothers. The location once served as a regular gathering space for San Francisco Chronicle and Examiner employees, and today stands as a historical landmark. Patrons can have some craic watching both Irish and U.S. sports games, drinking beers, and eating decidedly UK-inspired fare.
This neighborhood sports bar and restaurant dates back to the early-20th century, but has been the Connecticut Yankee since 1989. Located on the corner of Connecticut and 17th streets in Potrero Hill, it hosts live blues and funky jam bands about three or four nights a week. It has a dark, woody feel, perfect for seeking refuge on days when dreary fog blankets the city. A sports-lover's paradise, the bar has large-screen TVs, and serves brunch, lunch, and dinner.
The independently owned cafe serves up java from Bay Area-based Barefoot Coffee Roasters, along with a variety of breakfast and lunch items and more.
In addition to nightly live music — mostly folk and rock, with an open mic every Wednesday — this Richmond District bar features two pool tables, dart boards, and Sunday NFL on five TVs (including one big-screen), all equipped with Sky Sports and ESPN2. If you come at the right time of year, you might catch live broadcasts of Irish rugby and soccer tournaments, or Gaelic football and hurling. All shows start at 9 p.m. Most shows are free, but call ahead of time to confirm.