Can one person drink at every bar in San Francisco?

Sugar – Hayes Valley

I don’t know what to think of Sugar. The size and layout give the impression of a dive bar, but the shiny new decor and crowd tell a different story; I’m just not sure what that story is. The atmosphere was kind of like a fancy waiting room of some sort, which I guess Sugar can be at times with crowded Absinthe right across the street.

The lighting is nice and rosy, perfect for a pre-dinner date drink if you’re already in the neighborhood. And if your date prefers froo froo drinks, you’ll be set as Sugar’s cocktail list certainly lives up to its name. The bar gets fairly loud and full most nights, so don’t expect to enjoy the comfy lounge seating unless you go at off hours.


377 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 255-7144

2 responses

  1. Sean C.

    Have to agree. I live 2 blocks up the street. But every time I walk past, I’m not tempted by the crowd this place attracts, nor the ambience it gives off. Unfortunately its emblematic of “the new” Hayes Valley = chi-chi-ness at its most bland and uninspired.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:44 am

  2. Wow, obviously none of you have been there for happy hour.

    Crowded: yes, but it’s happy hour and last I checked SF is CROWDED. Yuppie? Yes, but it’s legal/theater people from a block away and they don’t bite.


    FREE FOOD during happy hour. Last I heard the owner of the place owns Hahn’s Hibachi and so there’s your typical Western food of cheese and crackers but also spring rolls, tempura and gyoza and the like. Pretty good and totally free but you should probably buy a drink.

    (nb: last time I was here was 2 years ago so hopefully that nice HH is still there when I come visit in a couple weeks!)

    August 31, 2010 at 6:14 pm

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