Hours: Sun 5:30pm-9pm, Mon-Thu 11:30am-9pm, Fri 11:30am-10pm, Sat 5pm-10pm
You're thinking: "A lounge inside a mall? Cheesy!" Not so with Straits, a Singaporean restaurant located in the posh wing of Westfield San Francisco Centre. Once inside, the warm apricot and chartreuse hues juxtaposing the industrial-chic concrete pull you out of that bad mall lighting. The mall-facing window is dressed up with lavish curtains that circle a more private seating area, dimly lit by paper lamps and embellished with a painting of the Buddha, whose shifty eyes keep tabs on the patrons. The cocktails, some of which are half-priced during the daily happy hour, take cues from Eastern flavors, most notably a whiskey and green tea concoction in which any bite and peat from the whiskey is tempered by the tea's neutral flavor and the caffeine has a sort of Red Bull effect to send you on your merry way for tipsy shopping.