My favorite bar in the entire world is in SF. Too much of a trek when I'm craving a good cocktail. I was perusing ye ol' Yelp, looking for something that resembles the drinks served at my favorite bar and found singlebarrel.
On a Friday night, the wait is about an hour long. No place to stand if it's raining. Going on a Sunday at 5PM for a girls night was definitely better. It's, hands-down, the nicest bar in the South Bay - quiet, clean, even a bit romantic with dim lights, deep, leather chairs, and well-dressed boys. The bartenders are knowledgeable who make high quality cocktails, which you pay for because the drinks are in the $10-$12 range.
You can tell them what you like - champagne - and they'll make a cocktail featuring your liquor of choice - French 75. Or you can get something off the menu - they're known for their gin fizz which is only served from 5-6PM because it takes 8 minutes to make. It tastes like an orange julius AND you get refills! Oh, and right now they're making 7 different hot toddies.
Thanks singlebarrel for opening a decent, low-key bar into the Bay Area. It was much needed!