4. Red wine
Red wine should get even the most frustrated Cupid’s angel in the mood. Hayes Valley has a slew of outstanding restos (Rich Table, Zuni Café) but this is Valentine's Day, so consider stopping in these two wine bars. In addition to an impressive wine list, Fig & Thistle is cozy and intimate. And when you share a bottle of Bordeaux at Two Sisters Bar & Books, you're assured an evening for the books.
Fig & Thistle, 313 Ivy, St. (415-617-9825); Two Sisters Bar & Books, 579 Hayes St., Hayes Valley (415-863-3655).