Dirty Habit is one of the only not-terrible options for drinking outdoors near Union Square. We wouldn’t travel across the city to come here, but it’s reliable for a post-work hang that calls for strong cocktails. The bar food is also shareable and pretty good (get the fries).
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Iron Horse Cocktails
Walking into Iron Horse Cocktails for a drink is a good escape from the shopping and crowds close by in Union Square.
Popsons, near Union Square, does excellent burgers (unsurprisingly, since it’s from the people behind Causwells).
Hops & Hominy
Hops & Hominy, near Union Square, has strong Southern food, like shrimp and grits, cornbread, fried chicken, and black-eyed pea fritters.
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Head to Giordano Bros. in the Mission for huge sandwiches and a good place to watch sports.
Triple Rock Brewing Co.
Triple Rock Brewing Co. in Berkeley is huge and great for groups. Grab some bar food and beers made in-house.
Novela is an upscale bar in the SoMa that serves literary themed drinks in a modern, book-themed atmosphere.
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