The Most Romantic Bars In S.F. — Part Deux!

We don't consider ourselves the mushy-gushy type, and we don't need to abide by any sort of date on the calendar just to hit up a cozy, romantic hideaway — or have an S.O., for that matter. But, we figured, why not get in the spirit and pop into some of S.F.’s dreamiest bars for some lip-smackin’ sips, solo or attached?
Without further ado, here are the most romantic bars in the Bay — part two. Before you panic about what to pencil in for that next date spot, read this and you'll have your night mapped out for you. Time to feel the love!
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Looking for a new spot to check out with your S.O? Robberbaron, a tucked-away gem in the heart of Nob Hill, is a sleek, boozy hideaway that still remains hush, hush to most San Franciscans. You and your honey can kick back in the cozy and intimate atmosphere (dim lights, minimal decor), while sipping some top-notch selections of beer and wine sans the crowd. Two hour wait? No thanks! Robberbaron is the perfect infusion of casual-meets-date-night. Plus, it's a far cry from the fratastic watering holes we're used to seeing in the area. Grab a date and get going!
Robberbaron, 2032 Polk Street (between Pacific Avenue and Broadway Street); 415-516-6945.
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Nothing can get us up and out the door quicker than a suggested trip to the artsy, Mission-based restaurant Lolo. Now that the former 22nd street spot has undergone a massive expansion, the hue-soaked venue has amped it up in the cocktail arena with natural-infused libations that will knock the Hansel From Basel socks off you and your date. While the bigger space may be a bit more palatial than the former, more intimate locale — you can guarantee if you're on the hunt for a vibrant haunt to inject some color into your night, snagging a seat at Lolo is a must.
Lolo, 974 Valencia Street (between Liberty and 21st streets); 415-643-5656.
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What's more romantic than an ambient, French-inspired oasis in the heart of the city? All Francophile desires are fulfilled at Bouche — a thoughtful mash-up of extensive wines and Northern Californian cuisine with a Mediterranean twist, all housed in a remote, intimate, yet still bustling setting (perched on top of Stockton Tunnel). You and your sweetie will be seemingly transported to Paris and swoon over each other while noshing on tasty dishes like pan-seared red snapper, duck confit, and more, while washing it down with some fine vino. Talk about drunk in love.
Bouche, 603 Bush Street (at Stockton Street); 415-956-0396.
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Vinyl Wine & Coffee Bar
While this spot may be jam-packed with glowing screens and full coffee cups during the day, come night, it turns into a cozy little wine bar and perfect S.F. spot for the low-frills romance seeker. A Divisadero staple, Vinyl Wine & Coffee Bar is a whimsical way to kick off your night — not to mention, you'll find an impressive roundup of wines to throw back in the process. Plus, Vinyl regularly hosts pop-ups and game nights, so if you're looking for some noms and entertainment for date night, this fits the bill.
Vinyl Wine & Coffee Bar, 359 Divisadero (at Oak Street); 415-621-4132.
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20 Spot
A modern spin on your traditional wine bar, the Mission's 20 Spot is a cozy, inviting, pint-sized parlor dedicated to lip-smackin' wines and pack-a-punch small bites. The discreet space (with a neon sign that reads "records" outside) is sprinkled with mid-century furniture and exposed brick. Are you sold yet? The newish venue is a super personal place to cuddle up on your next outing, and you and your date won't be battling those dreaded two-hour-long lines — phew. The attentive staff and seriously tasty fare will have you raving about 20 Spot long after your date wraps up. Fun fact: If your S.O. happens to be a movie buff, impress him/her with your film intel: Blue Jasmine was filmed upstairs!
20 Spot, 3565 20th Street (at Lexington Street); 415-624-3140.
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Yield Wine Bar
While yes, it's a given that any wine bar is going to have some level of romance to it — Yield is a standout option for those low-key nights when you just want to kick back sans the frills— and not battle crowds or loud venues. The decent-sized Dogpatch spot was one of the first in the 'hood and hosts a cool line up of organic wines and scrumptious cheese plates. Cheers!
Yield Wine Bar, 2490 3rd Street (at 22nd street); 415-401-8984.
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Fat Angel Food & Libation
Fat Angel may be the size of a studio apartment, but the offerings inside are huge. One of our favorite spots off Fillmore, this mini-gastropub has the cutest, coziest atmosphere, offering only about six tables under a canopy of quirky pieces (like an elaborate chandelier and mounted deer head). This teensy spot screams first date and has a head-snapping menu of tasty fare and sips. You'll be planning your next date back before you're even out the door.
Fat Angel Food & Libation, 1740 O'Farrell Street (between Fillmore and Steiner streets); 415-525-3013.
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St. Vincent Tavern and Wine Merchant
Want a fast-track pass to impressing your sweetie? Well, you know you're in good hands with Quince alum and wine pro David Lynch — so woo your date with your stellar in-the-know swills by snagging a seat at St. Vincent. The sexy wine bar and restaurant on Valencia offers a quiet escape and trendy playing field for flirtation. Get it, girl!
St. Vincent Tavern and Wine Merchant, 1270 Valencia Street (between 23rd and 24th streets); 415-285-1200.
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Trick Dog
We find ourselves at Mission hotspot Trick Dog more often than we'd like to admit. And, while this place can definitely fill up well, all the time, scoring a seat upstairs allows for a more moody, eye-gazing kind of drinking session. So, skip the chaos on the first floor, head upstairs, and order a light bite and an incredibly irresistible astrology-themed cocktail in the lofty space. Win-win!
Trick Dog, 3010 20th Street (between Alabama and Florida streets); 415-471-2999.
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Noir Lounge
If you want a venue with straight-up sex appeal, book it to Noir Lounge, pronto. The Hayes Valley boîte is a bit more spacious than the aforementioned locales, but with the dark accents and low-lit interior, with subtle film-themed touches, it makes a hot little hub for hanging out with a crush. Cozy and modern, the space doesn't skimp when it comes to the details — and even offers a piano to set the mood.
Noir Lounge, 581 Hayes street (between Octavia and Laguna streets); 415-431-6647.