Li Po Lounge

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EVERY DAY: 2 P.M. - 2 A.M.
415.982.0072 | WEBSITE

A revered dive in San Francisco’s Chinatown, Li Po Lounge has remained relatively unchanged since opening in the 1930s. Considered by many to be the neighborhood’s best dive, Li Po tends to draw a diverse crowd—from bewildered tourists to shady locals and everything in between. The space is equally eclectic, comprised of a smattering of traditional Chinese watercolor designs, paper lanterns and a carved Buddha shrine behind the bar. While there are rumors that the bar used to double as an opium den, the only drugs they’re slinging these days are remarkably potent (and cheap) Mai Tais.

Known For
  • dancing
  • jukebox
  • live music
What to drink
A Chinese whiskey, probably either Ng Ka Py or Mui Kwe Lu, which also happens to be an ingredient in Li Po’s infamous Chinese Mai Tai. Which will, in no uncertain terms, get you drunk.
The disconcerting concrete basement plays host to regular dance DJs on Saturday nights.