Mr. Trump’s name rarely came up, although the drink specials included Make S.F. Great Again (vodka, peach schnapps and orange juice).
Drugs on the street were a recurring topic among voters.
“We talk about the opioid epidemic in flyover states, and we pretend what we’re dealing with isn’t that,” said Magan Biggs, 28, an account executive at a title insurance firm. “And you can live on the outskirts of the city and pretend it’s not happening, but it is happening.”
Many in the group were involved in the real estate industry. Some suggested that the nascent pro-development YIMBY movement (shorthand for Yes In My Backyard) could be a way for young, liberal voters to find themselves leaning toward more business-friendly policies and voting Republican.
“Go to the neighborhood association meetings, and it doesn’t seem so liberal,” a real estate developer, John Dennis, said. “The YIMBYs, some of those folks might be ready to change affiliation.”
Those trying to navigate the rental market felt that the government had let them down by not building more in the city.
“Democrats have been in charge of San Francisco, and everything keeps getting more expensive,” said Aidan O’Sullivan, 27, who works in advertising and identifies as a libertarian.
But there are few viable local Republican candidates, and it remains to be seen if interest in more conservative politics translates into changes in how those in the city identify politically. The Republican candidate for mayor, Richie Greenberg, knew that he was a long shot and that using the “R-word” was riskier than running as an Independent.