Bay Area Reporter: Best Bars of the Bay

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably already knew that Oasis would snatch the crown as San Francisco’s favorite new club. The space’s gay history, prime SoMa location, and owners’ long-standing commitment to queer nightlife made Oasis a high-heeled shoe-in for the top spot. Since opening on New Years Eve, Oasis has quickly … Read more

Bay Area Reporter: NautiCali – Virgil’s Sea Room

Walking into Virgil’s Sea Room is a bit like deja vu. It feels familiar and friendly, but brand new at the same time. Straddling the border between the Outer Mission and Bernal Heights, Virgil’s (3152 Mission Street at Precita) aims to be a neighborhood bar in a neighborhood where the new and the old are … Read more

BARtab: Eats On Wheels

Everyone knows about the big food names in San Francisco, whether it’s Coi’s high-end Michelin-starred California cuisine, or Bar Tartine’s amazing sandwiches that have foodies and hipsters queued up on Valencia Street. The other day, a family of tourists from Korea stopped me on the street and asked the way to Ike’s Place for one … Read more

BARtab: Beers, Dears

San Francisco’s history as a brewing town is well documented. It’s no surprise that there’s also a robust community of beer geeks who are well served by bars with beer programs that go far beyond the standard American mega-brews. We did some pre-emptive carbo loading, and set off on a path around town to find … Read more

BARtab: Cocktails, Anyone

While the Castro has no shortage of bars, lately we’ve earned more of a reputation for bottomless mimosas (and the drunk-and-crying over-indulgers they leave scattered across the sidewalk) than for finely-crafted libations. Don’t get me wrong, there will always be a place for the quick and dirty Jack and Coke in this town. But thankfully, … Read more