While the Bay Area may already be famous for its award-winning restaurants, the city has also become a cocktail destination. It offers an exceptional selection of bars, staffed by some of the best mixologists in the country.
From craft-cocktail havens and hotel bars to charming dives, the City by the Bay has at least one watering hole that you will love.
For more San Francisco bars—and recommendations on what to order—check out the full list of 17 top spots. Cheers!
The bar sources a variety of ingredients from local farms and orchards, and the drinks are a perfect pairing with chef Charles Phan’s Vietnamese cuisine.
The Slanted Door
1 Ferry Building, #3
Tel: 415 861 8032
This historic address on Columbus Avenue has been home to a bar since 1907. Saloon-keepers offer a menu of classic cocktails, high-end whiskey and hearty turn-of-the-century fare (including rabbit 3 ways)—and that’s not to mention live music nightly.
155 Columbus Avenue
Tel: 415 617 0071
Trick Dog, which opened in the winter of 2012, is run by The Bon Vivants, Scott Baird and Josh Harris. It has an impressive and creative list of original cocktails on a quarterly changing menu that always breaks new ground, design-wise. (Past incarnations have included a Pantone color chart and a sleeve of vinyl 45s.)
3010 20th Street
Tel: 415 471 2999
In 2010, mixological star Thad Vogler finally opened his own place with Eric Johnson. The drinks showcase a selection of organic ingredients that are locally sourced, and the menu changes daily. Even the furniture is environmentally friendly, including chairs that were created from used wine-barrel staves.
355 11th Street
Tel: 415 355 9400
This busy Mission District Italian restaurant offers delicious pizzas, rich risottos and artisanal salumi. But what makes it a perennial favorite is the excellent bar and well-crafted drinks.
1199 Valencia Street
Tel: 415 695 1199
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