Don’t let the pious name fool you (behold its slogan: “The Holiest Place to Fall from Grace”). Follow Mission Street all the way up, past Safeway, past Spicy Bite, practically above the fog, to the beacon of neon at the top of the hill. At St. Mary’s Pub you’ll find an unpretentious watering hole with obliterating drink specials, plus some of the tastiest Bloody Marys around. If that ain’t enough to lure you there, lend your ears to the bar’s impeccable clutch of tunes that makes boozin’ even more enjoyable. Refreshingly un-douchey crowds come out for popular Jamaican oldies night Bangarang Crash, and other in-bar favorites include 1970s rock and old-school hip-hop spun on gen-yoo-wine vinyl. Is this what the Mission used to be like before it went all to hell? Hail Mary’s!
3845 Mission, SF. (415) 529-1325, www.stmaryspub.com