“The Mission bar scene is thriving, SOMA still has it going on, and the Lower Haight continues to be the city’s premier bohemian drinking enclave. But if you want to know where it’s really happening for locals, get your *** down to Polk. From the Civic Center to Russian Hill, Polk offers something for every type of drinker: yuppie bars, dive bars, rocker bars, a piano bar, and the most hopping gay scene outside the Castro. From the “gulch” section, you can wander into the nearby Tendernob and find still more bars (the venerable Overflo, Edinburgh Castle, Ha Ra, we could go on).”
Here are some additional links to articles that outline the best Polk Street bars, clubs, and related destinations.
- Yelp – Yelp has a great list of Lower Polk Street bars, including the ever popular Lush Lounge.
- Culture Trip – Culture Trip lists the top ten Polk Street bars, including McTeague’s Saloon and Vertigo.
- GayCities.com – GC has a list of the top four gay bars on Polk Street.