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The Sausalito spot, just a short walk from the ferry, wins the first impression rose based on decor alone (floor-to-ceiling windows, hand-blown glass fixtures, big marble bar). Cozy up next to the fire orb (a floating, circular fireplace) and ignite the magic with a round of Unicorns (gin, Chartreuse, basil, mint, grapefruit bitters). Spectacular views make oysters extra romantic.
Barrel House Tavern, 660 Bridgeway, at Princess Street (415-729-9593 or barrelhousetavern.com).
Dear Santa: All we want for Christmas is a folksy Coen brothers’ movie, another buzzy performance from Jennifer Lawrence, and Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese in a pear tree. P.S. Note the One to Watch tags. They’re new and mark our Oscar hopefuls.