Drinking from noon to midnight and back again: our guide to bars and liquor for every hour of the day
Look, we know how it is. Sometimes you just need to get out there -- at whatever time it is -- and grab a dang drink. Fret no more: Here's our handy guide to getting a little tipsy on, round-the-clock. 
NOON: The Ramp Huge, killer Bloody Marys and a heaping plate of fried calamari on the waterfront — that's how to welcome in the afternoon, especially if you're on your way to a ballgame. 855 Terry Francois Blvd, SF. www.theramprestaurant.com 
1PM: La Mar perfectly made Peruvian Pisco sours, sipped by the seaside — well, bayside — please. If you're feeling especially adult, dive into a tangy, whiskey-like capitan cocktail. Pier 1.5, Embarcadero, SF. www.lamarsf.com 
2PM: Wild Side West The sun goddesses are usually on your side, whisking away the Bernal Heights clouds and allowing you an afternoon basking on the patio here with a tall glass of cider. 424 Cortland, SF. www.wildsidewest.com 
3PM: Biergarten: Wednesday-Sunday, grab a glass of Hacker-Pschorr, Schneider Weisse, or Almdudler and enjoy a (hopefully) sunny Hayes Valley late afternoon. Sometimes, there's even oompa-pah. 424 Octavia, www.biergartensf.com 
4PM: Yield Nothing better in the late afternoon than a great glass of sustainable vino — say, an Urban Legend pinot — and a little downtime with charm at this Dogpatch wine bar. 2490 Third St, SF. www.yieldandpause.com 
5PM: Hopwater Dash to this too-cool spot right after work to beat the crush: 31 taps of delicious California brews — try Altamont's Scarcity IIIPA for a quick buzz — and a singles scene that will keep you busy into the night. 850 Bush, SF. www.hopwatersf.com 
6PM: Hi Tops This surprisingly diverse gay sports bar in the Castro boasts the city's yummiest Michelada, the "Big Unit" tequila cocktail, awesome vintage décor, and 25-cent buffalo wings on Mondays. 2247 Market, SF. www.hitopssf.com 
7PM: Top of the Mark Perch atop the Mark Hopkins hotel for a perfectly made Cosmopolitan — sip it slow (it's $14) and enjoy a near-panoramic view of San Francisco as the sun sets. 999 California, SF. www.topofthemark.com 
8PM: Tosca Cocktail time with classic, date-friendly flair: The recently rejuvenated North Beach fave can still make a fat lady sing with a sharp Casino Bar Negroni 1919 or fruity Zamboanga. 242 Columbus Ave, SF. www.toscacafesf.com 
9PM: Virgil's Sea Room Get naughtical at the hippest recent addition to the bar scene, with a cute patio, Mission-scruffy crowd, and drinks named after beloved locals like the slinky, vodka-licious Vicki Marlene. 3152 Mission, SF. www.virgilssf.com 
10PM: Martuni's Show tunes + martinis = Martuni's, and you'll be singing your heart out at the piano with a jovial crowd of musical-lovers after a couple dirty ones, guaranteed. 4 Valencia, SF. martunis.ypguides.net 
11PM: Li Po If you would like your mind erased with a raucous, fun-loving Chinatown crowd, order the magical Chinese Mai Tai here and hold on for dear life. 916 Grant, SF. www.lipolounge.com 
MIDNIGHT Nihon Whiskey Bar Slip out of the club and into something silky and sophisticated at this beautiful Japanese hot spot. Great for conversation, especially when sipping a smoky Bunnahabbain Toiteach. 1779 Folsom, SF. www.dajanigroup.net 
1AM: 500 Club Drink in some true old school Mission atmosphere — we're gonna recommend sticking with Fernet shots and Trumer back here, since by this point your taste buds are shot. 500 Guerrero, SF. www.500clubsf.com 
2AM: Sidewalk sale: Our fascistic 2am closing time? It's 3am, really, if you count the socializing crowds cast out on the sidewalk, flasks flashing. Locally bottled Cyrus Noble bourbon is really good from a flask.
3AM: The after party: "Back to mine" shouts the lucky lady with accommodating neighbors, and off you go. Don't settle for Smirnoff-chugging: our own Hangar One vodka, made from grapes, will win the night.
4AM: The after-after party: Nothing is better (or more romantic) than a bottle of Roederer Estate brut downed between swingset rides at Alamo Square Park — watch you don't get a ticket, though.
5AM: The morning cap: Slip on those shades as the sun slips up — it's time for a fizzy pick-me-up. Some Alameda-made St. George gin with a splash of sparkling grapefruit will get you up and at 'em.
6AM: Gino and Carlo: Morning shots! This North Beach classic — since 1942 — sports good old-fashioned Italian moxie, a ton of tipsy Beat history, and strong enough pours to wake you right up. 548 Green, SF. www.ginoandcarlo.com 
7AM: Ace's Budweiser for breakfast? Hey, you've come this far. Sink deep into the couches of this proud, dimly lit Nob Hill dive, and clink cans with your fellow "morning people." 998 Sutter, SF. www.acesbarsf.com 
8AM: Bechelli's Flower Market Café A well-kept secret: the Flower Market Fizz, with orange juice, gin, and egg whites, is one of the best wake up calls around. Nice breakfast too, if you're into that. 698 Brannan, SF. www.flowermarketcafe.com 
9AM: Beach Chalet Nothing beats a refreshing peach Bellini after your morning run along Ocean Beach (or to steel you for a day of sightseeing with guests). You can get these by the pitcher here! 1000 Great Highway, SF. www.beachchalet.com 
10AM: Buena Vista Café Was the contemporary Irish Coffee really invented here in 1952? Who cares, this is the perfect time to down a couple delicious ones — before the Fisherman's Wharf tourists rush in. 2765 Hyde, SF. www.thebuenavista.com 
11AM: Cafe Flore Mornings on Flore's spacious patio are a quiet, sunny Castro treat — any kind of margarita you want in a European atmosphere, brimming with gorgeous people, of course. 2298 Market, SF. www.cafeflor.com