Nopa – As a fairly new local (since Fall of 2012) to San Francisco this is hands down one of my favorite restaurant’s and restaurant bars. Their drinks are always divine and it’s a very long bar (probably 20 seats) so no matter where you sit (or stand) you have a full view of the restaurant, the bar as well as the open kitchen. The bar tenders are very friendly, make a mean drink (their Gin Gimlet is my FAV) and if you’re lucky enough to grab a seat at the bar you won’t be able to resist their amazing food. 560 Divisadero St. San Francisco, CA. 94117. 415-864-8643.
Spruce Restaurant Bar – This is yet another fabulous restaurant (that I LOVE and frequent) that also has a fabulous bar. Whenever I take people here for the first time their reaction is wow I feel like I’m in New York City. The restaurant is extremely grand and elegant. There’s a Fine Dining side and a more casual walk in area (no reservations needed) where the Bar is. I love both, it just depends on the occasion. Their dining room also serves brunch which not surprisingly is as delicious as all their other food! It’s important to mention when at Spruce be sure to visit their fabulous Cafe! They have some of the best cookies in town. I get a cookie (or two, let’s be honest) each time I visit. 3640 Sacramento St., San Francisco, CA 94118 (415) 931-5100.
The sexy Bar. During the day is the only time you can snag a seat, they’re hard to come by in the evening!
Additional Bar Lounge seating
The Bar Dining Area (note: first come first serve, no reservations accepted for the bar area)
The Fine Dining seating with Bar views
The Pastry Chef Robert Vallejos & a helper
Select photos courtesy of Spruce Restaurant