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Triple Threat: A Night Out in the Mission

If you want to have a successful night out in this town, you need a plan—and it better be a good one. Since it's not always easy to strike that perfect balance between pre-dinner drink, food and a show, we bring you the Triple Threat series — a block-by-block guide to nights out that only require one parking space. Today we're all over the Mission.

Fireside Buzz: 7 Bars That'll Warm You Up

Have a sip of your favorite cocktail and stay warm at the same time at these cozy watering holes:

Swig, 561 Geary St., (415) 931-7292
Unlike most, the fireplace at Swig actually has plenty of seating around it. Order a glass of Scotch from the huge selection, and get in and out before the DJs arrive.

Lion Pub, 2062 Divisadero St., (415) 567-6565
In this low-lit bar, relax with helpings of their daily spread of cheese and crackers and a cocktail (made with fresh-squeezed juices) by the roaring fire after a long day at the office.

Get A Room: Bars That Rent Private Spaces

Taverna Aventine
Located right across from the Transamerica Pyramid, the downstairs parlor here abuts the old sea wall, but the overall effect is more clubby basement bar than Barbary Coast. This room (as well as upstairs area) is rentable with a per-person rate for drinks and food. Prices vary.
582 Washington St., 415-981-1500,

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