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.
San Francisco has been a pioneering drinking town since its inception. From its Barbary Coast beginnings to its last 15 years as a leader in the 21st-century cocktail renaissance, the City by the Bay is a place that knows its drinks. Any collection of notable bars is entirely subjective. Still, it’s hard to argue that these 23 spots are anything but essential—the kind of places that make San Francisco a destination for drinkers from across the world.—Virginia Miller *Bars are listed alphabetically.
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There are too many incredible bars in San Francisco to go somewhere that doesn’t carry triple-casked Irish whiskey. Visit any of these bars to find Slane Irish Whiskey—and bartenders who know what do with it. There’s bound to be a spot near you pouring this smooth, complex and robust whiskey. That’s true for those outside of San Francisco too.
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