Two Sisters Bar and Books

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Two Sisters Bar and Books Two Sisters Bar and Books in Hayes Valley, San Francisco is a bar, European-inspired café, & book exchange. Get well-read & well-fed in SF with Party Earth. San Francisco United States 37.776439 -122.425868
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Party Earth Review Equal parts cocktail bar, European-inspired café, and book exchange, Two Sisters Bar and Books caters to thirsty gullets, hungry stomachs, and literary minds. Retro details like cream and red toile wallpaper and a vintage... ... read full review

  • Metro:

    BART: Civic Center
    MUNI F Line: Market Street & Gough Street

  • Phone:

    415-863-3655

  • Links:

  • Hours:

    Tu–Th 4–11pm, F 4pm–midnight, Sa 11am–midnight, Su 11am–10pm
    Kitchen closes 10pm daily

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Two Sisters Bar and Books Review

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Two Sisters Bar and Books in Hayes Valley, San Francisco is a bar, European-inspired café, & book exchange. Get well-read & well-fed in SF with Party Earth.

Equal parts cocktail bar, European-inspired café, and book exchange, Two Sisters Bar and Books caters to thirsty gullets, hungry stomachs, and literary minds.

Retro details like cream and red toile wallpaper and a vintage cash machine set the stage for the narrow space and its handful of candlelit dark-wood tables, where groups of hardworking ladies gather to chill over seasonal wine and specialty drinks and savvy hipsters sip creative cocktails like the Old-Fashioned made with chamomile-infused bourbon.

A bookshelf stocked with well-worn hardcovers lines one wall, and patrons are encouraged to take a book so long as they leave a new favorite behind. As such, it’s not unusual to see thick-specked college kids or older Hemingway doubles squinting by the stove in back as they nibble on small plates of savory meatballs, chipotle chicken sandwiches, or other seasonal bites of Americana.

Although never rowdy, the place usually hits capacity on Friday and Saturday nights when cool Hayes Valley professionals pop in for a mellow start to their evening, while weekend brunch offers recovery from a hard night with healthy sandwiches and salads, or the chance to keep the party going with Bloody Marys and a potent coffee and bourbon mix called the Bluegrass Buzz.

Modeled after venues that the sister-owners fell in love with while traveling, Two Sisters Bar and Books is where booze, books, and bites make everyone feel like part of the family.

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Tip from Jonah:

Sometimes the great food and cocktails can make you forget about the shelf of books. Bring one to leave behind, and take one home in exchange! And be sure to check out the Two Sisters blog for monthly meetings and book discussions.

  • Crowd

    Literary-minded hipsters, creative young professionals, college kids on the bougie-side, groups of wine-loving ladies, Old Men on the Sea types, 20s to 40s+.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Soft ambient music provides a backdrop for conversation or quiet reading. People-watching from the few chairs by the bay window looking out onto Hayes Street.

    Lots of free books to peruse.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Small but ever-changing menu of salads, small plates of charcuterie, sandwiches including chipotle chicken and savory meatball, all served with homemade potato chips, and a few desserts.

    Cash only. Happy Hour Tu–F 4–6pm, Sa–Su 1–4pm.

  • Prices

    Brunch fare $10–$12, snacks $4, charcuterie and cheeses $7–$13, sandwiches and larger plates $10–$13, desserts $6.

    Beer $5, wine $6–$12, cocktails $10.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Hipster casual to business casual: skinny jeans, plaid, button-downs, vests, blazers, understated dresses, flats, with some trendier attire on folks heading elsewhere afterward.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Friday and Saturday nights for a full house, early in the week for a laid-back date or to squint through the dark at a good book, or weekends for the popular brunch.

  • Close By

    Place Pigalle (520 Hayes Street) is a cozy little dive just down the street with pool, foosball, and a nice selection of beer, wine, and sangria.

Two Sisters Bar and Books User Reviews

Average rating:
Not your average book club
Kelsey K. Apr 18, 2013
Tucked away on a busy street in Hayes Valley, Two Sisters is a neighborhood hotspot. Serving some of the best mixed drinks with reasonable prices and even tastier food, this place is definitely one of my favorite places to go before a night out. The atmosphere is cozy and if you're lucky enough to find a seat, let alone the prized window seat with antique curtains and pillows, be ready to park it for a while among the bustling crowd and enjoy some one-on-one time with a friend. Although there are books to be read at this establishment, they rarely leave the shelves as the restaurant becomes more of a evening watering hole for all the twenty and thirty somethings in the city after work. One of the most surprisingly tasty treats I had the honor of trying were the deviled eggs which are topped with fried capers - a detail that really makes the dish. Pair that with a Bee's Knees and you're set for the night. If you're feeling peckish afterwards, head over to Domo Sushi around the corner. They don't take reservations and it can fill up fast but the sushi is well worth the wait.
Literary libations in Hayes Valley
Alexandra M. Apr 5, 2013
This cozy bohemian-chic lounge offers killer drinks, and, yes – lots of books. Hallway-sized, Two Sisters would be easy to miss if it weren’t for its undeniable charm. Swathed in rosy curtains and glowing under low-hung chandeliers, this bar’s romantic character spills right onto the sidewalk. Like a vintage boutique, Two Sisters beguiles with old world accents and allures with modern elegance. Antique bookshelves hide beneath the sleek marble bar, and naked Thomas Edison-era light bulbs flirt with luxe chandeliers. I was even more delighted by my date’s design savvy, as he noted the Japanese-style wallpaper. (It wasn’t until we got a closer look that we realized the cheeky wallpaper was dotted with Chinese words like dim sum and chow mein.) If the pillow-lined window seat is taken, snag a seat at the bar underneath the enormous mirror. Two Sisters, like any good first date spot, offers myriad conversation pieces. Interrupt conversation lulls by reaching under the bar for a variety of books to chat about. The founding sisters embrace an impressive range of subjects, and the first two books I chose at random were "Dreamgirl: My Life as a Supreme" and "Crime and Punishment." If all else fails, you’re bound to find common ground in the library. The menu at two Sisters is short-and-sweet enough, but I’ll shorten it further for you: order the charcuterie & cheese plate (the entrees are delish, but awkwardly split) and cocktails. Perhaps the best-crafted drink is the Chamomile Old Fashioned (chamomile-infused bourbon, honey, bitters). Other good choices are the rye-based Two Brothers (so good, it’s fit for a sister) and the oatmeal stout-infused Dark Matter (a subtle, yet heady elixir). After a couple of Two Brothers and a good chat about The Supremes, my date and I luxuriated in the coveted window seat. Two Sisters’ romantic nooks and artistic cocktails make this Hayes Valley nook a date night gem.
Vintage tea garden
Rachel G. Dec 11, 2012
Can we talk about such a freaking cute bar?! And I don't mean to say that and scare off the boys, because you will enjoy your time here. Yes even those of you who can't be anywhere but a sports or Irish pub. This is such a unique bar. A little random with the idea of a bar and books? But hey it totally works for this place! I had a great time here with some friends. We decided to check it out because someone at work told me it was awesome and it totally lived up the high expectation I had. The inside sort of reminds me of an old fashioned tea room, but in a vintage hipster way. It's totally worth checking out even if you don't think you'll enjoy it entirely.
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