Empress of China – Chinatown
While Empress of China is technically a restaurant bar, it is a must see in Chinatown. There are few things I love more than decaying luxury. This bar was obviously the shit thirty years ago, as evidenced by their wall of celebrity photos.
The restaurant is pleasantly run down, remnants of its former glory everywhere, a little dustier and threadbare for wear. I love it. And the view of Chinatown can’t be beat.
The most important thing you need to know about Empress of China is that they have a happy hour from 3:00 to 6:00 on Sundays with half priced drinks. And while there is no fresh fruit in site and their side cars are to be avoided at all costs, the drinks are strong.
Empress of China838 Grant Ave
San Francisco, CA 94108