The Riptide earns a place in our roundup for its novel mashup — equal parts honky-tonk saloon and piney hunting lodge — and for its remote location, a block away from the Pacific Ocean in the Sunset. When you’re looking for a romantic getaway, it's just a Muni ride away on the L-Taraval line. You’ll want to come for the friendly pioneer welcome and stay for Saturday bingo nights and the local music acts. It’s a little slice of country in the middle of a big city.
3639 Taraval Street (between 46th and 47th avenues); 415-681-8433.
Photographed by Christine Ting