10. Tosca's Regular: The jukebox with a penchant for brandy
April Bloomfield has brought a lot of holiday chutzpah to her menu. Snack on addictive meatballs while your lady warms up with a cappuccino with a shot of brandy and chocolate. You? You're just getting the brandy shots. Lots of 'em. Then sit back and take in what the jukebox throws at you (Puccini operas included), remembering to thank baby Jesus that North Beach has held on to the last great dive bar in the city.
242 Columbus Ave., North Beach (415-986-9641).
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