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It's easy to be hip at Blackbird. The indie rock is never too loud and the seasonally rotating cocktail menu can satisfy even the most obnoxious booze snob. With an extensive list of beers, a photo booth, and non-cheesy leather seats, you'd expect this bar to attract a pretentious set, but its Castro location keeps it mellow. Bar-goers from all points on the sexual spectrum down concoctions like the Blackbird Negroni - Blue Coat gin, Apersol, and Lillet Rouge - or a classic Pimm's Cup - Pimm's, Gin, cucumber, fresh strawberry, and ginger ale. The sass-free bartenders will briefly answer your questions about what goes in them. The joint is cash only to keep the service moving fast, but even the most decadent, wood-barrel aged cocktails will only set you back $10. For those who dare request swill in the face of a well-crafted menu, PBR and Tecate are on the menu, and since the staff is friendly, people will only silently judge you.
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Good happy hour specials during the week bring in a mixed after-work crowd. Stays busy throughout the evening but depending on the night, the crowd can be completely different even just an hour later. This is NOT a bad thing.
The Castro is not known for swank hangouts that serve inventive cocktails. The neighborhood's watering holes are more famous for things like the cage dancers at Trigger, the underdressed twinks at Badlands, or the scruffy guys on the prowl at Moby Dick. But 2009 saw the emergence of Blackbird, a bar resembling a Pacific Heights joint that just happens to be crammed full of gays. The crowd is a little more mixed than your average Castro bar -- let's say it's about 75 percent queer... More »
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