San Francisco-Outer San Francisco
May 11, 2018
With walls as red as wine the Skylark bar is an utterly seductive venue. Opened in 1996, this popular Mission music scene stalwart is a vibrant, lively space with a big dance-floor at the back and plenty of booths for cosying up in, and it’s ideally located if you want to do some bar hopping. Mix Tape Wednesdays are particularly popular and it fills up on weekends with a crowd keen to party. The music is mainly hip-hop old school, new school and all in between but the excellent local DJs do occasionally bring in some other sounds. Skylarking on Mondays offers dancehall reggae and dub, and there are regular live music nights and even burlesque evenings for those who like their entertainment a little spicier. The doormen can be kind of tough but there’s no cover charge and the drinks are reasonably priced and poured with a liberal hand, and there are bargains to be had at happy hour (though the service could stand to be slightly friendlier at times, and be warned: it’s cash only or a 20 buck minimum card spend on the bar, so make sure you bring the money). It’s probably a venue more suited to groups of friends than couples looking to chill. The slightly ‘there to hook up’ atmosphere can be a little full on if you’re a woman who doesn’t want any attention, and sometimes the crowds outside get slightly rowdy. Weeknights are pretty laid back, especially earlier on, while at weekends the place gets seriously packed, which for many is part of its appeal.