Cha Cha Cha: Haight

No one does Sangria like Cha Cha Cha. While the bar area is admittedly a little small, the food and drinks are so good it’s worth it to squeeze in. The cuisine is a Caribbean, Cuban and tapas style smorgasborg complete with Paellas and coconut flan. The flavorful Sangria comes by both the glass and the pitcher and is deceivingly strong. You can’t miss this location as the exterior walls of the restaurant are bright turquoise with ‘Cha’ painted all over it. The festive mood is also taken indoors, with brick walls covered in art, and flying baby angel statues hanging from the ceiling.

Cha Cha Cha: Mission

Our Story. How Original McCarthy’s Became Cha Cha Cha. Ding, dong, prohibition was dead on December 5, 1933. Shortly after, Denis McCarthy, an Irish immigrant from County Cork living in San Francisco, was one of the first businessmen to begin legally serving alcohol — at his Mission District restaurant, Original McCarthy’s. Original McCarthy’s has changed hands over the years, purchased by Philip Bellber and Leon Pak in 1997 to become the Cuban and Puerto Rican-inspired restaurant Cha Cha Cha. Yet the bar has retained its Irish heritage.