San Francisco , California
Tel: 415 777 1077
Concierge.com's insider take:
Named for the Barbary Coast–era prostitutes who dominated SoMa back in the day, Harlot is situated on shadowy Minna Street behind a velvet rope and mysterious facade. Until nightfall, it's a moody happy-hour hangout, then it morphs into an ultralounge. The interior features a black-on-black palette, 24-foot onyx bar, leather banquettes, and cowhide accents. Harlot further entices revelers by spoiling them with rare amenities like valet parking and a well-edited wine list, by sommelier Mark Bright (of restaurant Michael Mina); bottles come with olives, nuts, and local chocolates. There's also a white-on-white upstairs VIP lounge with table service. Wednesdays and Thursdays draw a mostly local crowd, particularly at happy hour; on weekends, the place gets overrun by Bacchanalian suburbanites. Finicky bouncers pick who comes in: To avoid getting stuck outside, dress smartly.—Updated by John Vlahides
Open Wednesdays through Fridays 5 pm to 2 am, Saturdays 9 pm to 2 am.