The 11 Best New Bars in San Francisco: Summer 2017
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The 11 Best New Bars in San Francisco: Summer 2017

It should come as no surprise that new bars are popping up in San Francisco all the time. Many of these spots are vanguards, offering new trends and styles of drinking. One might be a more relaxed craft spot, another might have sweeter-yet-balanced drinks, and still another might effortlessly incorporate high-tech equipment and techniques. At least one of these 11 new establishments could be your next favorite hangout.—Virginia Miller

*Bars are listed alphabetically.

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1.  Almanac Taproom

Open at the beginning of the year in a two-sided space with a hidden beer garden in back, Almanac Taproom is…
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2.  Anina

Taking over the beloved Flipper’s Burgers space next door in March, Anina is run by owners Matt Conway, Anthony Healy-London and…
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3.  China Live Bar Central

There’s nothing like the long-anticipated China Live (opened in March in historic Chinatown) anywhere. It’s a game-changer in Chinese/Asian food with…
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4.  The Douglas Room

Mo Hodges and Brian Felley (of nearby Benjamin Cooper) make The Douglas Room in the boutique Tilden Hotel a downtown destination…
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5.  Hitachino Beer & Wagyu

Kiuchi Brewery dates back to 1823 as a sake brewery, but beer lovers know it as the home of Hitachino. The…
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6.  Lord George

Lord George is not new. The South Park bar opened in 2015 with the unofficial tagline of “cocktails, oysters and mischief,”…
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7.  Over Proof

Hidden upstairs inside acclaimed industry favorite, ABV, Over Proof opened in February with an innovative four-different-bars-in-one-year concept in its intimate space.…
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8.  The Riddler

An all women-funded and mostly female-staffed Champagne bar on a cozy Hayes Valley corner? Yes, please. Wood-lined with big picture windows,…
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9.  Rusted Mule

Entering this 1908 brick-walled space, Rusted Mule (opened in February 2017) is a nautical, steampunk wonderland of dramatic chandeliers, metal and…
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10.  The Saratoga

From Bacchus Management Group, The Saratoga hit Lower Nob Hill/Tenderloin in November 2016 with a bilevel supperclub-esque space that recalls old-school…
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11.  Sláinte

Sláinte (pronounced slon-cha) is a Gaelic toast, essentially meaning "good health" and common when sipping a dram of whiskey. It’s also…
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