Hotel Utah

Hours: Mon.-Fri. 11:30 a.m.-2 a.m.; Sat.-Sun. 6 p.m.-2 a.m.

The Utah is the place to grab a bar stool, order a pint and a monster burger and fries, and absorb some of San Francisco's lively history. This century-old bar has seen a lot in its past, which some of its longtime regulars can tell you about. These days, it features a variety of rock and folk bands six nights a week for about $6 to $8, in addition to its popular and free open-mic night on Mondays. Although the venue is rather small, the South of Market bar makes up for it with its ornate, carved-wood interior and row of windows looking out onto Bryant Street.