TOP 5 MISSION SF BARS TO DRINK AT, Y PORQUE

*also known as where to find me on any given weekend because this list request made me realize I might be borderline alcoholic...?!
  1. El Rio
    I like dive bars, so I'm limiting myself to not doing an entire list of them. This place is where I frequent the most due to proximity to my home. Quite the assortment of people though, but easy to blend in like a local. Monday nights bring the crowd due to the $1 Tecates. There is a big patio that is also prime for day drinking. They host karaoke and have different bands/DJs during the week. Also, I'm in love with the bartender here.
  2. Trick Dog
    This is a little farther out in the Mission. It used to be an old warehouse the Bon Vivants converted. Cocktails are the specialty, along with some food staples. The menu is a little pricey, but would highly recommend for a date night.
  3. Cease and Desist
    It's a two floor bar, with tv's and plenty of seating areas. They have daily specials, like all you can eat pizza and happy hour pricing all day. There's a big sparkly bullhead mounted on the wall too. It's dimly lit, so great for smaller groups. It does have a photo booth. The last time I was here, The Karate Kid was playing.
  4. Zeitgeist
    Another dive bar, but known for their Bloody Mary's. The bartenders and security all have a no bullshit demeanor too. This bar is home to another large patio area, which is great for larger groups. I've been to many going away parties here. Afternoons are when you'll catch someone outside grilling hamburgers so you don't have to leave once you get hungry.
  5. Southern Pacific Brewing
    The Mac and Cheese here alone would get me to stay forever. It's a huge warehouse they converted into a brewery. They have plenty of seating- inside and outside. The food here is really good, plus the selection of beers on tap is pretty large. Always good for smaller or larger groups!