Still the scene of peace, love and happiness—with just the right touch of punk rock and street culture—San Francisco’s Haight Street has modernized considerably over the years. While the street is undeniably touristy during the day, locals know to come out after the sun goes down. From the live-music spot Milk to the blissful sangria at Cha Cha Cha, Haight Street has a small but eclectic mix of nightlife options. Martin Macks brings some Irish charm to the neighborhood, while Hobson's Choice offers some of the best rum punch in the city. Meanwhile, Alembic Bar has made a name for itself with an extensive craft liquor selection and tasty food options.
1511 Haight (at Ashbury), San Francisco CA; Tel. 415.552.6949
A retro-themed Haight Street bar, Club Deluxe boast live music of with a mellower vibe. Expect bossa nova and carefully crafted cocktails in an elegant-chic throwback to the '50s and '60s.
1601 Haight St., San Francisco CA 94117; Tel. 415.621.5859
Hobson’s Choice is a Victorian punch house located at the busy intersection of Clayton and Haight Streets. It is best known for its Victorian punch, available by the glass or in a bowl to share with friends. Large windows make this the perfect spot for afternoon people-watching.
Mad Dog in the Fog
530 Haight (at Fillmore), San Francisco CA; Tel. 415.626.7279
Between football (that's soccer, you Wal-mart moron) and trivia nights, this bangers and mash Irish bar dominates its Lower Haight rivals with rock, riots and waitresses oddly unmoved by the man passed out in the corner.
1840 Haight St. (at Stanyan), San Francisco CA; Tel. 415.387.6455
A self-proclaimed DJ bar and lounge, Milk has a silky, intimate atmosphere with a full bar and DJs spinning nightly.
557 Haight St., San Francisco CA; Tel. 415.861.5811
No cocktails, but artisan Belgian beers and European wines dominate the bar menu at this tiny, artsy Haight Street bar, a favorite for its cavernous, plush interior and intimate, in-the-know setting.
1437 Haight (at Ashbury), San Francisco CA; Tel. 415.864.4213
The Haight isn't so far from the Castro as one would think from their disparate cultures. Trax is a good honest gay bar with a little mish mash of hipster, troll, nice guy and heavy-handed bartender. Party nights attract a fitter, faster crowd, but most nights you can count on a Bud Light, free popcorn and some mighty fine tv-watching.