The 11 Best New Bars in San Francisco: Spring 2017
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The 11 Best New Bars in San Francisco: Spring 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.  August 1 Five

Named after the date of India’s independence from British rule, August 1 Five opened in November as a convenient pre- or…
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2.  Coin-Op Game Room

Two-story, 10,000-square-foot Coin-Op Game Room opened in December 2016, a sister to the original Coin-Op Game Room in San Diego but…
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3.  Duke’s Spirited Cocktails

Open this June on Healdsburg’s charming town square, Duke’s Spirited Cocktails is already a drink destination for all of Wine Country,…
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4.  Louie’s Gen-Gen Room

Serving a totally separate menu from its acclaimed upstairs parent, Liholiho Yacht Club, Louie’s Gen-Gen Room is Liholiho’s tiny, sexy basement…
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5.  Mezcalito

Opened in September, the new Mezcalito on Polk Street may sound like just another agave spirits bar in a city with…
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6.  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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7.  Pacific Cocktail Haven

It may stand for the legendarily scenic California coastal road, but PCH also stands for Pacific Cocktail Haven, a bar that…
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8.  Pagan Idol

Pagan Idol may be the most fun opening yet from the prolific Future Bars team (Bourbon & Branch, Rickhouse, Local Edition,…
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9.  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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10.  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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11.  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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