The Lower Haight

Photo cred @lilianminch

Good bars and coffee shops in this quaint neighborhood next door to Haight-Ashbury.

Food, Bars, and Coffee:

  • Mojo Bicycle Cafe (639 Divisadero St): My favorite café in the neighborhood, Mojo’s is part bicycle shop, part bar, part coffee shop. The parklet out front (SF’s first parklet!) is a lovely place to watch the traffic of Divisadero.
  • The Independent (628 Divisadero St): One of the city’s best live music venues.
  • Bean Bag Cafe (601 Divisadero St): A neighborhood cafe with cheap beer and hearty food, popular for working and catching up with a friend. Draws a Lower Haight crowd—students, young hipsters, and creatives.
  • Madrone Art Bar (500 Divisadero St): Tons of fun events…my favorite is Motown Mondays, a crazy late night dancing party.
  • Rosamunde Sausage Grill (545 Haight St): Best grilled sausages (ranging from wild boar to more traditional sausages) in town. You are invited to enjoy your sausage next door at Toronado.
  • Toronado Beer Bar (547 Haight St): Arguably the best beer (dive) bar in the city, make sure to order the famed Pliny the Elder.
  • NoPa (560 Divisadero St): Named for it’s neighborhood NoPa (“North of the Panhadle”) is hands down one of the best restaurants in the city. It’s a busy restaurant, but romantic nonetheless with one of the best pork chops in town. They have a killer list of cocktails, the “Sunshine Fix” is my favorite.
  • Noc Noc: Funny cave-themed bar next to Toronado.