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SF's best place to barhop is the Mission, where you'll find up to five bars on
a single block. This tour leads you to a cross section of some of my favorite
venues, from neighborhood dives to swinging lounges. Note of caution:
Don't stray too far from the crowds, and avoid the BART station after dark.
(Therefore, if you start your barhopping after dark, take a cab to and from
the Mission.) START: Bus: 26, 49. BART: 16th Street (before dark).
1 500 Club (500 Guerrero St.;
y 415/851-2500) . The first stop
is easy to find: a huge pink neon
cocktail beckons you inside, where
you'll discover a classic dive bar,
made festive by year-round chile
lights. It's a bit more upscale at
2 Elixir (3200 16th St.; y 415/552-
1633) , the subdued site of an 1875
saloon, but you can buy a pitcher,
play a rock tune on the jukebox, and
sit in a weathered booth at neigh-
borhood tavern 3 Kilowatt
(3160 16th. St.; y 415/861-2592) .
Next stop is 4 Dalva (3121 16th St.;
y 415/252-7740), a narrow, high-
walled joint abuzz with an eclectic
crowd. For a sleeker feel, hit
5 Skylark (3089 16th St.;
y 415/621-9294) , where trendy
young things come for expensive
cocktails and DJ-spun tunes. Quirky
6 Cassanova (527 Valencia St.;
y 415/863-9328) is a good mix of
both Mission locals and hipsters from
around town. At 7 Blondie's
(540 Valencia St.; y 415/864-2419)
you're almost done, so order their
famous 16-ounce martini. Now it's
time to chill out by the inviting
bar at the 8 ★★ Elbo Room
(647 Valencia St.; y 415/552-7788) ,
or head upstairs for excellent live
music (separate cover up to $10).
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