You don’t always have to make reservations in San Francisco, sometimes you can walk right into a bar and find a gem. Last Friday I stumbled upon 222 Hyde Street Bar in the tenderloin district. From the outside, I was a little skeptical – I don’t typically eat in dive bars but nonetheless my friends and I decided to give it a try. As you walk in there is a bar with several comfy bar stools and you are greeted with a friendly vibe and low key music.
Our bartender, Katie, immediately ran through her happy hour specials – happy hour is from 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, order any pizza and get a Stella beer or well drink for free. So we ordered our drinks and our pizzas. I was amazed that Katie started rolling out the dough and dressing the pizzas right in front of us – within 10 minutes we had a perfectly crispy, thin crust, pizza in front of us. She was really knowledgeable about some of the unique alcohols they had stocked and made a fantastic gin and tonic.
This is definitely a great place for a happy hour, little munchies and as it turns out this place becomes a dance club once the sun goes down! Past the bar there are a couple of steps leading down to the dance floor with a dj booth. They have DJ’s every night like Studious 54, Jack your Fish and Pulse Generator. They also host CD and movie release parties on the weekends and the occasional open mic night. So if you feel like a chill place to grab a pizza and drinks or if you feel like shaking your groove thing, head to the tenderloin and give 222 Hyde Street a good shake. Also, check out their online calendar for upcoming events.
222 Hyde St (between Turk St & Eddy St)
San Francisco, CA 94102