San Francisco's Irish pubs are neighborhood institutions and usually double as casual eateries, a much better option than a chain restaurant.
Some Irish pubs even feature live Celtic or bluegrass music and all of them draw strong local followings, meaning that meeting San Franciscans over a pint of stout is as easy as visiting some of the joints on my list.
Not only are cafes the heart of social interaction in most San Francisco neighborhoods, they also usually serve alcohol and stay open late.
Cafes in San Francisco usually double as nighttime destinations for a glass of wine in an intimate and often artistic ambiance.
In the Valley I see lots of Caucasian guys dating Chinese, Koreans, Vietnamese, Japanese, etc.
And for the umpteenth time, saying Asian/Indian is like saying Christians and Catholics.
I'm used to the Boston style, you know guys pulling out your chair and offering to pay for everything, but being a native Californian I know that its a two way street here.
(Not to say that I don't always offer) but a date here is like "Hey want to grab a beer at ___ , and in Boston its like "I will pick you up and we will go get dinner at Bar 10 at the Westin Hotel." You see what I mean.
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This list focuses on the classic bars and clubs of the area, most of which have been around for decades and attract locals as well as visitors.
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Many actually host a slew of nightly activities including live local bands, poetry readings and even stand-up comedy.