WHY HERE: A bar need not hide behind a gimmicky facade or hidden door to evoke romance and intrigue. Opened in 1988, this 1940s-style supper club captures all the allure of a speakeasy with its alleyway location and understated presence. Step into the Art Deco dining room, however, and be transported to a bygone era. The cocktails and chef Bruce Hill’s food hit a perfect balance of classic and modern.
WHY NOW: In the age of Instagram, drinkers are obsessed with how cocktail bars look. But what about how they sound? Live music nights at Bix, helmed by the best of Bay Area musicians, are an occasion to look forward to and dress up for. Sundays through Thursdays mix up piano and vocals, while Fridays and Saturdays are for live jazz.