Marina and Cow Hollow Bars

The pretty faces, the designer duds, the distinctly Abercrombie vibe--chances are what you've heard about the Marina bar scene is (mostly) true. And while trendy lounges and raucous, bar-like restaurants dominate Marina nightlife, there are plenty of down-and-dirty dives where you'll find a crowd that's young, tipsy and friendly. (Photo: The Republic)

Updated: August 18, 2010

Marina Bars


Bar None

1980 Union St., San Francisco, CA 94123

Beer pong and a rotating selection of cheap canned beer (and pitchers of draft) attracts a tipsy, barely-21 crowd.


Hi-Fi Lounge

2125 Lombard St, San Francisco, CA 94123

One of the only bars in the 'hood with a bona fide dance floor, this small Marina club plays mostly modern pop dance mixes.


Marina Lounge

2138 Chestnut St, San Francisco, CA 94123

A refuge from the storm of stilettos, this man-centric dive is also Boston sports fans' home away from home.


Bin 38

3232 Scott Street, San Francisco, CA 94123

Wine bars are a dime a dozen in San Francisco, but this one does it right with a big, heated backyard patio and a delicious food menu.


City Tavern

3200 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94123

There isn't anything special about this spacious Fillmore Street restaurant/bar--unless you're broke. Tuesdays bring a $2 happy hour (draft beer and bar bites) and big crowds, but the daily drink specials are also solid.


Horseshoe Tavern

2024 Chestnut St, San Francisco, CA 94123

This boisterous Marina dive is packed with neighborhood jocks and softball teams pounding Rolling Rocks after a big win at the Moscone Park diamond down the street.


Circa

2001 Chestnut St, San Francisco, CA 94123

Equal parts restaurant and Marina pickup bar, this Chestnut Street spot is a regular on the pretty-people circuit.


The Tipsy Pig

2231 Chestnut St, San Francisco, CA 94123

Another Vintage 415 hit, this American gastrotavern taps into 415's reliable formula and pairs quality food with a raging bar scene. It's the large, heated backyard patio, though, that makes this place the HQ for the young GQ set.


The Brick Yard

1787 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94123

The newest stop on a Union Street bar crawl, this sleek, loft-like space has a hopping bar scene, plus lunch and dinner service with a guilt-free Cal cuisine menu.


The Republic

3213 Scott St, San Francisco, CA 94123

With Vegas-grade TVs--including an 82-inch behemoth--hidden behind artwork and false walls, the Republic is able to convert itself from a mid-range restaurant into a sports bar and back at the push of a button.


Kelley's Tavern

3231 Fillmore St., San Francisco, CA 94123

An "Irish pub" in the loosest sense of the term--shamrocks may adorn the bartenders' muscle shirts but there's nary an accent in the room--this Fillmore Street tavern is a destination for the neighborhood's pretty young things to blow out their eardrums and maybe shoot some pool.