May 31, 2024 - News

SF bars snag spots on Esquire's 2024 rankings

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A bartender crafts a cocktail in San Francisco. Photo: Carlos Avila Gonzalez/San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images

Three San Francisco bars made it onto Esquire's 2024 Best Bars in America list.

Why it matters: Despite the doom loop narrative, our bars and restaurants are regularly landing on top publications' "Best of" lists.

Here's what stood out to Esquire:

Dawn Club has an illuminated back bar in the downtown area and offers live jazz every night.

  • Drink recommendation: The Hot Seven.

Golden Sardine is a wine bar in North Beach that hosts poetry readings.

  • Drink recommendation: Riesling (Barrel X by Peter Lauer).

Starlite is on the 21st floor of Union Square's Beacon Grand Hotel and is known for its nightlife and packed dance floors.

  • Drink recommendation: The Clarified Pornstar.
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