Best of the Bay 2011: BEST HIGHBROW WITH YOUR HIGHBALL

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Though we appreciate the legions of pubs that rely on still shots and a good jukebox to entertain, we sometimes feel the need to broaden our drunken horizons with a good dose of drama. For those times, San Francisco Theater Pub is just the ticket. Chummily convened in the TenderNob's low-key Café Royale, San Francisco Theater Pub has performed new translations of classic Greek dramas and staged adaptations of Lovecraft, Whitman, Alfred Jarry's Ubu Roi, Evgeny Shvart's The Dragon, and Vlacav Havel's The Audience, as well as a series of San Francisco-themed shorts and a 75-minute version of Shakespeare's Henry the IV and V — all against a backdrop of barstools, beer mugs, and bad lighting. Best of all, admission is free, so you can spend more on beer. Ah, the sweet, sweet hangover of dramaturgy.

At Café Royale, 800 Post, SF. (415) 441-4099, sftheaterpub.wordpress.com