Candybar

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Candybar San Francisco's Candybar in Western Addition is a lounge that's all about intricate desserts and amazing drinks. Check out the sugary SF scene at Party Earth. San Francisco United States 37.776538 -122.43883
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Party Earth Review As its name would suggest, Candybar is all about dessert. But this is not a place for doe-eyed children to frolic with bags of jelly beans and chocolate bars; this is a grown-up’s confectionary, where intricate and ever... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    Tu–Th 6–10pm, F–Sa 6pm–midnight, Su 6–10pm

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Candybar Review

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San Francisco's Candybar in Western Addition is a lounge that's all about intricate desserts and amazing drinks. Check out the sugary SF scene at Party Earth.

As its name would suggest, Candybar is all about dessert. But this is not a place for doe-eyed children to frolic with bags of jelly beans and chocolate bars; this is a grown-up’s confectionary, where intricate and ever-changing sweets like graham cracker guava sorbet complement sparkling wine, lemonade sorbet comes with soju, and trios of shareable cupcakes have sealed the deal on many a date night.

Lit by spidery chandeliers and contemporary pendants, vibrant eye-catching murals of koi fish, urban scenery, and local art give the minimalist space the feel of a classy gallery.

Trendy couples and groups of bubbling-sugar junkies make the venue a frequent post-dinner spot, carving their way through chocolate tarts with candied peanuts and blackberries – officially known as “Peanut Butter Jelly Time!” – toasting with fresh sangria, cozying up at the small bar, or settling in at one of the tightly-packed tables with a board game.

A solid list of plain ol’ beer, wine, and champagne are also on hand, as well as a small selection of savory snacks like cheese and salami plates for those not enticed by honey-almond panna cotta or almond brittle lathered in Nutella.

Although its delectable desserts will test the resolve of even the most devoted dieters, Candybar’s warm and friendly atmosphere makes it the perfect place to satisfy guilty pleasures – even if it means another hour on the treadmill tomorrow.

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Tip from Emma:

Since Candybar is primarily a place for desserts and wine, many people use it as an after-dinner hangout. What they don’t realize is you can also bring in outside food and have your whole dinner/dessert/cocktail experience right here!

  • Crowd

    Girls on a night out, trendy couples on dates, post-work sugar junkies, and groups of friends looking to sweeten the start of their night, mid-20s to late 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Free board games and art books. Small flat-screen usually tuned to sports or news. Ambient pop music.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Seasonal menu of desserts ranging from fruit tarts to cheesecakes and cupcake platters, as well as a small selection of savory snacks. Venue does not have a hard liquor license, so its “cocktails” are all made with wine or soju. Happy Hour Tu–Su 6–8pm.

  • Prices

    Sweets $8–$10, savory snacks $16. Beer $5–$7, wine $8–$11/glass or $35–$44/bottle, wine and soju cocktails $7–$9, champagne $6–$10/glass or $35–$44/bottle.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual to dressy: designer jeans, button-downs, stylish blouses, low heels, funky or stylish accessories.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Early in the week for a romantic date, or Fridays and Saturdays for a busy, happy crowd getting sweet with each other.

  • Close By

    Fly Bar & Restaurant (762 Divisadero Street) is a warm and welcoming neighborhood bar that keeps the calories adding up with mini gourmet pizzas and cheap beer and sangria.

Candybar User Reviews

Average rating:
Mouthgasmic Blend of Sweet + Savory
Gimin S. Jun 4, 2013
As my title suggests, this little joint does not hold back when it comes to satisfying all your taste buds. I have a pretty big sweet tooth and Candybar didn't fail to deliver: the peaches and cream caramel popcorn definitely hit the sweet spot and their vanilla brioche is a must for that "just-right" almond aftertaste. The chilled white gaspacho was delicious as well, but beware of the teeny portioned savory treats! What appealed to me most was the laid back ambiance in a romantic, intimate setting - groups of friends garner in this unique setting to play board games, and I've come here to be seduced by my partner to quench some sweet cravings for my sweetsweet tummy. But enough of the sweet talk. I hold back a star on the rating for their subpar service. What could have been a holistic experience was tainted by long waiting times even after being seated and a mere one-time check up during our two hour visit! Besides this tidbit, come to Candybar to chill with buds, celebrate a special occasion, or for another excuse to indulge on wine and dessert.
Hittin' the Sweet Spot
Danielle C. Jan 10, 2013
Cocktails with a bendy straw? Can I get a "hell yes"?! Pair a red wine and cola with strawberry shortcake and lemon sorbet, top it off with some board games, and you've got yourself a pretty chill night! I like to come here on the weekdays since it's less crowded and easier to get into a rowdy round of Apples to Apples with friends. Guys like this spot too, especially if they have a sweet tooth and like to get a little competitive over some Connect Four. I'd recommend it for a date or a hangout. This sweet little cocktail confectionary is definitely a place to check out!
How Sweet It Is
Rachel G. Dec 10, 2012
This is such a cool place. I like don't even have words for this place. If you have a girlfriend, wife, best friend, mother, daughter, or any other sort of the female gender this is the place to take them. I kid you not. The cocktails are fun, fruity, and sweetly designed! Though it is a little too SWEET for me personally, I still had a lot of fun here! There is something about the ambiance that does it for me here. Though it is not the best place for men, if you could all just take off your ego for one night I think even the men would have a great time here as well! So a great place for dates or birthdays!
Great for ladies...the guys, not so much.
Jayson M. Aug 16, 2012
Ok, I am really trying hard not to sound sexist here. My wife loves this place, bless her for it, and I thoroughly recommend it to groups of girls who want to have a fun, sugar-filled night out. Personally, I’d rather shoot myself in the face than go back here again. But I love my wife….so I might just shoot the foot. The cocktails are good if you like super sweet libations. They have lots of board games if you want to be a kid again. And the wine and champagnes tend to be of the dessert variety (getting the theme here?). No disrespect: what they do, they do well. If you like this sort of flowery stuff, you’ll love Candybar. If you are more of a meat and potatoes kinda guy, maybe you and I can go out next time the wife tries to drag me here.
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