Hotel bars can be pretty depressing—full of lonely travelers unwinding in uncomfortable furniture with a pricey standard issue cocktail, couples getting cozy with a night cap and players looking for a late night hookup. Many San Francisco hotels buck the trend with fantastic views, creative drink menus and classic decor that attracts visitors and locals looking for a change a of pace outside of their neighborhood haunts. We don’t often drink in hotel bars, but when we do, these are at the top of our list.

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