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Map & Directions 2360 Polk
San Francisco, CA 94109
  • Daily 5pm-2am


SF Weekly's Description

The first in a chain of semi-slick, semi-arty local bars owned by the same entrepreneurial team (see also: Bullitt, Rebel, Dr. Teeth & the Electric Mayhem), Tonic is sunny, relaxed, and casual during its late afternoon opening hours, then gets crowded as the Russian Hill pub crawlers, gossip girls, and scammer lads file their way in. The walls feature rotating art displays (usually involving some sort of ironic pop-culture reference), while a mural depicting Rubenesque nudes in various states of S.F.-related debauchery keeps permanent watch over the semi-circular booth in the rear. If you tire of eyeing the well-dressed young things around the room, look up and check out the overhead fans - which look like ordinary desk fans that have spun themselves upside-down and sprouted an extra head - or ponder the foamy ceiling pads that spread across the ceiling in an inverted checkerboard pattern. Standard drink prices start in the $5-$6 range, and custom cocktails hover closer to $10, but happy hour deals (e.g., buy a straight shot and get a beer for free) provide more affordable options for those with tight budgets.

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  • Matthew H. on 09/24/09

    request they bring back the gummi bears!

  • Zack G. on 07/03/09

    2 for 1 on all drinks all week 5 to 7

  • Rob R. on 12/06/11

    Great cocktails and usually a pretty good crowd. If you're raising money for a charity, check in with them about guest bartending, they're very accommodating.

  • Michael K. on 08/25/09

    Say hi to the devastatingly beautiful and sweet Nesia

  • Athina K. on 09/30/10

    Peach jalapeƱo martini. It's unbelievable!

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