Here to lead the charge is Washington Square Bar & Grill, one of San Francisco's most adored stalwarts, reopening to its full glory on Monday.
Even though it was shuttered for over a year, you can expect the same long, dark bar, crimson walls and banquettes and crisp white tablecloths from the 1970s original, which makes it perfect for when you're in the mood to relive San Francisco's old-school, bohemian days.
This is the sort of spot you'd reserve for a guy's night or power lunch a la Mad Men. Step into the time-warped brasserie—complete with Herb Caen's typewriter and black-and-white photos of politico regulars—and order your first martini at the bar. Chances are that bartender Mike McCourt has been mixing gin with vermouth here longer than you've been alive.
Take a window table facing Washington Square, and you'll be happy to see the classic brasserie menu is mostly unchanged. Start with fried calamari, then opt for the signature Washbag Hamburger on a Dutch crust bun for lunch. For dinner, it's a toss-up between the Maple-Cured Berkshire Pork Rack and Grilled Flat Iron Steak.
Which brings us to your next martini.