The Mission District is a gentrifying (run-down) part of San Francisco. All of the artists have now congregated in
what once was a true Hispanic district. Now, trendy restaurants are springing up everywhere in this area between the Gay Castro district
and the trendy South of Market warehouse district (SOMA). The bars here are fun and grungy. They're great for a pair of jeans and some old sneakers. Note that
this area is not recommended unless you are ready to visit a true urban area. Your visit will be worth it, because this area represents a rejuvenating
neighborhood in the heart of the city. There are also some really cool bars as we review below...
You should plan on taking a taxi or bus to this area as parking is beyond awful any day of the week. The area is also
very unsafe for car break-in's. I would strongly discourage bringing your car here unless you enjoy driving around in circles for hours or having your car
towed -- after it is broken into.
On Andy's rating scale -- "A"=The best party place -to- "F"=Suckorama
Marsh's Mock Cafe 1074 Valencia Street Phone: 826-5750
Marsh's is a unique cafe with live performances including spoken word, poetry, and comedy. Play your cards right, and you could perform in
San Francisco yourself.
Andy Rating=B+ 3139 16th Street @ Albion 552-8558
Featuring, "Service for the Sick", the Albion has a cool atmosphere with a good crowd and a lot of pool tables. Dark and rundown, but also fun and
Andy Rating=B 3192 16th Street @ Valencia 431-5255
A cool place named after a TV Bewitched character, but somewhat on the downswing. Located right across from the Roxie old-time movie theater. Campy with masks,
eaves, and Polynesian decorations. The Doctor features a drink called "Pixie Piss." Similar grunge scene to the Albion with lots of beer and darkness
but a little less pool. They played good music and kept the TV running with no sound.
Andy Rating=? 3160 16th @ Valencia 861-2595
The Kilowatt features some good live music at low cover charges in a converted firehouse. Dogs are encouraged and the clientele doesn't exactly dress up.
Andy Rating=B+ 3200 16th Street @ Valencia 552-1633
Jack's was a little brighter and cleaner than the rest. Sixty different beers are available in an Irish pub atmosphere. Jacks isn't the most exciting place in
the Mission, but windows allow observation of revelers at 16th & Guerrero.