Four Bars in Hayes Valley You Should Drink at Right Now
When the Embarcadero Freeway was torn down in 1991, the potential of Hayes Valley was quite literally uncovered. By the end of the nineties, it had become one of the hippest neighborhoods in San Francisco. Conveniently located in the heart of the City, it is now home to an array of upscale boutiques, popular restaurants and some of the trendiest watering holes in the Bay Area. Whether you’re looking for a drink after a few hours of shopping or want to experience some of SF’s most vibrant nightlife, there is no shortage of intoxicating barstools in this area.
Brass Tacks (488A Hayes Street)
Occupying the space formerly known as Marlena’s, a well-known drag bar, Brass Tacks has some aspects of old world bars such as leather banquets but is far from kitschy. Their take-off on the Whiskey Smash, known as the “Brass Smash” made with rum, Cynar, mint and lemon is but one of handful of specialty cocktails but if you would rather sip straight up, there is also a good selection of artisan spirits.
The Dobbs Bar at Dobbs Ferry Restaurant (409 Gough Street)
If you want to watch a sporting event, The Dobbs Bar is the place to check out in Hayes Valley. There are plenty of designer cocktails and tasty customized shots such as the “Root Beer Float” to sip while watching the Warriors, Giants or a tennis match, and a bar menu to help soak up the ambiance at this unpretentious neighborhood favorite.
Sugar Lounge (377 Hayes Street)
Sugar is a swanky cocktail bar with screens so if you want to catch a ballgame in style, put it on your list. However, it does not feel like a sports bar as the design details and creativity that goes into cocktails such as the citrus vodka based “Hayes Zinger” will hold your attention.
Two Sisters Bar and Books (579 Hayes Street)
Two Sisters has a distinctly old school European feel. As the name suggests, books are another passion of owners so if you want to read while you drink there is no shortage of material. In addition to an array of well-executed cocktails, Two Sisters features artisan spirits, cheese, charcuterie, snacks and shared plates.