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Emotionally unattached at Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse for taking a group of friends to one or more of these more sophisticated San Francisco spots that set the standard for San Francisco singles.
12 Fourth St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
Just a few steps into SoMa off Market Street, an elevator inside the Hotel Zelos (now rebranded from Hotel Palomar) whisks you straight to the restaurant and cocktail lounge on the fifth floor. Fully heated year-round, the Dirty Habit patio is just the place for good times with friends; even the shared cocktails are designed for four or more people, accompanied by shared bites tapas-style. Dirty Habit is one of the best rooftop bars in San Francisco and has been a downtown/SoMa hot spot since it opened in 2014. Start your weekend on Friday night after work or join others doing Valentine’s Day on the evening of the 13th, as they’re closed on Sundays.
20 Yerba Buena Lane
San Francisco, CA 94103
Without a doubt, Press Club is an elegant and sexy wine bar and lounge. The innovative Coravin system that extracts wine through a bottle’s cork using a thin, hollow needle means the best wines selected by the in-house sommelier are always available by the glass, and the flights are impressive. Take 50 percent off bottles of $70 or more during Saturday and Sunday happy hours. Press Club has been widely touted as San Francisco’s favorite wine lounge since 2005, where the ladies pass on athleisure wear in favor of a nice LBD and heels.
25 Lusk St.
San Francisco, CA 94107
Be wowed. There must be something alluring about repurposed places being tucked away down an alley; for here’s a 1917 former brick and timber warehouse transformed. Singled out when it opened as the best new restaurant, the design of the year and the top hot spot in the USA by readers of Esquire and diners on OpenTable, 25 Lusk is currently ranked in SoMa’s top five most romantic spots by users of Foursquare. (Nobody claims you need to be attached to be feeling romantic.) Everybody looks good surrounded by contemporary fire furnaces, exposed brick, natural wood ceilings and low lighting. If you’re coming on Sunday, choose the upstairs bar instead, attracting a fun-loving crowd since 2011.
256 Columbus Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94133
Brought to life in late 2014 from the Future Bars team behind standouts Bourbon & Branch, Tradition, Local Edition and Rickhouse, The Devil’s Acre has a second dark, small bar called Remedie beneath the spacious ground floor bar. The large tavern-like North Beach throwback is across from City Lights Booksellers and Jack Kerouac Alley. The alchemists behind the bar have marked its first anniversary, serving apothecary-inspired cocktails from a 22-page almanac of “restorative libations.” Mix with the crowd or reserve table seating, drinking up to cure whatever ails you. The Devil’s Acre is open most nights (except Mondays) until 2 a.m., Sundays until midnight with live entertainment.
1754 Polk St.
San Francisco, CA 94109
You’ll fall in love with the Parisian vibe of the place at this petite Polk Gulch wine bar where the small bites are as good looking as the crowd. Consumer reviewers award it top marks for a girls night out on Zagat, calling the bartenders and servers “super chatty and sexy,” so it’s no wonder the amazing happy hours featuring a wooden board assortment of cheese and meat are a magnet. The red lacquer bar and generous pours of curated wines in Riedel stemware is perfect for meeting a friend or making a new one in the candle lit lounge. Reservations are accepted, and late night hours are until 2 a.m., including Sundays, making this a Valentine’s Day standout for singles.