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The 11 Best New Bars in San Francisco:
Fall 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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The 23 Essential San Francisco Bars:
Summer 2017

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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Get to Know the Finalists for Tequila Herradura Legends

Oct 18, 2017 · People Alexandria Atlanta Boston Boulder Buffalo California Chicago Colorado Denver Detroit Florida Georgia Illinois Indiana Indianapolis Lancaster Las Vegas Massachusetts Mexico Michigan Morristown Nashville Nevada New Jersey New York Orlando Pennsylvania Philadelphia Roanoke San Diego San Francisco Savannah SEATTLE Tennessee Tequila Vermont Virginia Washington Winooski Winter Park

Tune into the Tequila Herradura Legends Finale at 3pm CST on October 24. Just go to Herradura’s Facebook page to watch these incredible bartenders compete for the grand prize. Twenty-six bartenders will soon arrive in Mexico to compete in the Tequila Herradura Legends finale. Each finalist took a different route to Casa Herradura, using their […]

What Inspires the Talented Finalists of the Tequila Herradura Legends Competition?

Oct 03, 2017 · Cocktails People Alexandria Atlanta Boston Boulder Buffalo Chicago CO Denver Detroit FL GA Indianapolis Lancaster Las Vegas Los Angeles Morristown Nashville New York NJ NY Orlando PA Philadelphia Queens Roanoke San Diego San Francisco Savannah SEATTLE VA VT Winooski Winter Park

The slate is set for the finale of the Tequila Herradura Legends competition. Bartenders will be traveling to Mexico for the experience of a lifetime. They’ll get a VIP distillery tour at the last true tequila-producing hacienda on the planet, explore popular and historic attractions and—most importantly—face off for the grand prize in the global […]

6 Tips to Help You Be a Better Bourbon Hunter

Sep 21, 2017 · Products California Kentucky Louisville San Francisco

Increase your chances of scoring a taste of rare bourbon.

The 11 Best New Bars in San Francisco: Fall 2017

Sep 08, 2017 · Berkeley California Emeryville Oakland San Francisco

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.

I Went to Bartending School. And It Was an Absolute, Total Waste of Money.

Aug 18, 2017 · Bartenders Only California San Francisco

One freshly minted bartender cries foul about the need for school.

Where In The World Is The Cheapest Beer?

May 12, 2017 · News Boston Hong Kong New York City Oslo San Francisco Singapore

The average price of rent in a city is a pretty good way to measure cost of living, but what about the price of beer? Deutsche Bank recently released findings on how much a pint costs in a neighborhood pub in an expat area of a given city in 2017. Oslo led the list at $9.90, followed […]

The Amazing Art of the Japanese Highball

Mar 22, 2017 · San Francisco Tokyo Washington D.C.

It’s technical. It’s art.

Irish Coffees in San Francisco

Mar 15, 2017 · San Francisco


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It isn’t hard to find Irish Coffee in San Francisco. But if you want a true cocktail rather than a spiked cup of coffee, stop by one of these bars. Some of the city’s best bartenders are putting a wildly creative spin on the simple drink. Check out their recipes below, and decide which innovative Irish Coffee to try first.

The Hidden Cocktail Bar That Is Four Bars in One

Feb 16, 2017 · Bartenders Only San Francisco

The people behind San Francisco’s ABV are getting really adventurous.

Rick Astley Graduates From Internet Meme to Beer Brewer

Feb 06, 2017 · Entertainment News San Francisco

Here's one beer that's never gonna give you up or let you down.

Pre-Prohibition-Style Cocktails in San Francisco

Nov 01, 2016 · San Francisco

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There’s nothing quite like sipping the gorgeous drinks that inspired the craft cocktail boom—Old Fashioneds, Sazeracs, gin fizzes and cobblers, among them. Revisit that bygone era at some of the best San Francisco bars doing the classics oh-so-right—using FEW Spirits.

Pisco Guru Duggan McDonnell Tells You the Right Way to Promote Your Cocktail Book

Sep 16, 2016 · Bartenders Only San Francisco

Tips and tricks from the Campo de Encanto pisco co-founder.

The 23 Essential San Francisco Bars: Summer 2017

Jun 17, 2016 · San Francisco

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.

8 Tequila Cocktails to Drink in Bars Now

May 24, 2016 · Los Angeles San Francisco

All across the USA, tequila is getting shown off.

Who Says Daiquiris Are Only for Summer?

Feb 02, 2016 · Asheville Chicago New Orleans Portland San Francisco

No one. That’s who. These drinks show why.

The DIY Hangover Remedy That Just Might Rule Them All

Jan 11, 2016 · Travel Hangover Cure San Francisco

Devil’s Acre in San Francisco has a potion you can make to fix you right up.

Are Mini Cocktails Most Definitely the Next Big Thing?

Nov 04, 2015 · Cocktails Falling for Eu Mary Queen of Scots Sugarplum Fairy San Francisco

If the latest bar trends across the country are any indication, it sure seems that way.

What Happens When Jacques Bezuidenhout Goes Back to Bartending

Jun 25, 2015 · Bartenders Only People San Francisco

The Forgery in San Francisco is a return to Bezuidenhout’s beginnings.

The Craziest Tiki Drinks in the United States

Jun 24, 2015 · Cocktails Travel Trends Chicago New Orleans New York City Palm Springs San Francisco

Glow-in-the-dark punch, a treasure chest stocked with rum and a giant blazing volcano that serves 300 people? You’re going to need a bigger straw.

The Bar Where the 1930s Feels Like the Future

May 21, 2015 · Bartenders Only San Francisco

Stookey’s Club Moderne moves past the speakeasy and the Barbary Coast era.

Drink Me Now: Go Green With Pistachios

May 14, 2015 · Cocktails Trends Cardamom Cream of the Crop Dans Le Nuit EVOL John the Baptist Lone Oak Lychee Pistachio Mule Chicago New York San Francisco SEATTLE

There’s a new way to go green that’s sweeping the nation. Pistachios are finding their way into cocktail glasses from New York to San Francisco.

The Secrets Behind the Perfect Irish Coffee

Mar 12, 2015 · Cocktails History dead rabbit irish coffee Irish Coffee New York San Francisco

Four ingredients stand between you and this storied cocktail. Master the perfect pour and you could soon be lining up cream-capped glasses by the thousands.

A San Francisco Bar That Wants to Cure What Ails You

Mar 05, 2015 · Bartenders Only People Travel San Francisco

The Devil’s Acre in San Francisco is breathing herby life into an old apothecary.

11 Unexpected Trends that Defined Bars and Drinking in 2014

Dec 08, 2014 · Trends Atlanta Boston Chicago Houston New York San Francisco Washington D.C. Sherry World Whiskey Bible

Cider, the #limepocalypse and more and more whiskey: 2014 was a boozy year for the books.

Will the Bartender of Year Come from the Bay?

May 31, 2014 · San Francisco

Check out what happened at the Bartender of the Year regionals in San Francisco.

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Raising the Bar: Jeff Lyon

May 19, 2014 · People Bone Machine San Francisco

Find out what bartender Jeff Lyon is up to at new San Francisco bar, Third Rail.

Gourmet Shot: April Bloomfield

Nov 04, 2013 · Entertaining People Mulled Wine San Francisco

We talked to the rock-star chef about her latest project, Tosca Cafe in San Francisco, what she likes to drink and her favorite bars. Try her delicious recipe for warm Mulled Wine.

The Best Scotch Bars in America

Best Best Scotch Bars

Oct 21, 2013 · Travel California Colorado Denver Georgia Nebraska North Carolina Omaha San Francisco Santa Monica Savannah Tampa

Crazy about single malts and blends? Then you need to visit these bars across America that boast amazing whisky selections.

Bill Boothby | West Coast Cocktail History

Masters of Mixology: “Cocktail” Bill Boothby

Jul 22, 2013 · History People Boothby Cocktail Sazerac San Francisco Cocktail Boothby’s American Bartender The World’s Drinks and How to Mix Them

Award-winning author and Liquor.com advisory board member David Wondrich profiles the legendary turn-of-the-20th-century San Francisco bartender and shares his signature cocktail recipe.

How to Cocktail: Summer

Jun 21, 2013 · People Trends Caipirinha Moscow Mule Pisco Sour San Francisco

Kick off the season by watching our latest three videos featuring all-star bartender and Liquor.com advisory board member H. Joseph Ehrmann, and then make his Caipirinha, Moscow Mule and Pisco Sour.

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How to Drink with Your Dad

Jun 14, 2013 · Dukes Gin Martini employees only manhattan Manhattan Martini sir hayden's smash Whiskey Smash London San Francisco

Honor your father on Sunday by making him one of these delicious and creative takes on classic cocktails.

Weirdest Stolen Things | Most Common Stolen Bar Items

A Recipe for Theft

Jun 12, 2013 · Trends Boulder New York San Francisco

Ever swiped a menu or glass from a watering hole? We polled bartenders around the country to find out what their customers steal.

How to Make a Presbyterian

May 28, 2013 · San Francisco

How to Cocktail: Presbyterian This three-ingredient bourbon and ginger ale tipple is arguably the easiest drink in the world to create, but top San Francisco bartender Erik Adkins’ version, using a homemade ginger syrup, kicks it up a few notches. In this video, Adkins show you how to fix both. Classic Presbyterian INGREDIENTS: 2 oz […]

Tiki Bar Travel Guide | Best Tiki Bars

Best Tiki Bars

Apr 17, 2013 · Travel California Florida Fort Lauderdale Las Vegas Los Angeles Nevada New Jersey New York Queens Ridgefield San Francisco Staten Island

While tropical bars are all the rage now, their heyday was really in the ‘50s and ‘60s. Visit a few of the surviving originals, which are still as kitschy as ever—and make a mean rum drink.

Bon Vivants | Trick Dog Bar SF

Raising the Bar: Josh Harris and Scott Baird

Mar 22, 2013 · People Polar Bear San Francisco

This top San Francisco mixological duo, also known as The Bon Vivants, recently opened the acclaimed bar Trick Dog. We sat down with them to find out what else they have planned.

San Francisco Bar Guide | Comstock Saloon

One for the Road: San Francisco

Mar 08, 2013 · Travel 807 California San Francisco

All-star bartender and Liquor.com advisory board member Jacques Bezuidenhout gives us a cocktail tour of his favorite watering holes in the Bay Area.

Bartender Erick Castro — Profile

Raising the Bar: Erick Castro

Feb 04, 2013 · People Beach Cruiser Cosmopolitan Johnny Utah Mr. Brownstone San Diego San Francisco

The talented bartender is opening a new bar in San Diego. We found out what drives him and what he has planned for the future.

Best Bourbon Bars

Sep 26, 2012 · Travel Bourbon Old Fashioned Chicago Los Angeles Louisville New York Philadelphia San Diego San Francisco

Love American whiskey? Check out our favorite bourbon bars across the country.

Clover Club New York

Best Brunch Bars

Apr 11, 2012 · Travel 15 Romolo 501 506 511 807 820 Boston Circa 33 Clover Club Deep Ellum New York Oregon Portland San Francisco The Passenger Washington D.C.

Start your weekend morning at one of these top bars around the country, which serve not only delicious eye-openers but also great mid-morning dishes.

Behind The Bar

Behind the Bar: Irish Coffee

Mar 16, 2012 · History Trends Irish Coffee 807 Buena Vista Cafe Ireland San Francisco

Master mixologist and Liquor.com advisory board member Dale DeGroff shares his secrets for fixing this classic caffeinated concoction.

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Fresh Berry Delicious - Sweet Cocktails

Farm to Drink: Sweet Concoctions

Sep 16, 2011 · Trends fresh berry delicious raspberry bellini San Francisco

Talented mixologist Charlotte Voisey hosts our latest video about making cocktails with perfectly ripe fruit.

San Francisco Cocktail Week - San Francisco Cocktail Week 2011

San Francisco Cocktail Week: 2011

Sep 07, 2011 · Trends 807 San Francisco

Get our guide to the Bay Area’s fifth annual mixology celebration, taking place later this month.

Behind the Drink Logo - Cocktail Videos

Behind the Drink: The $13 Cocktail

Aug 10, 2011 · Travel Trends Bourbon and Branch San Francisco

Watch Liquor.com’s first short film, documenting the hours of work that go into making a delicious craft drink at San Francisco’s Bourbon & Branch.

Gypsy Queen - Vodka Cocktail History

The Concise Prehistory of Vodka Cocktails in America

Jul 25, 2011 · History Trends Gypsy Queen Russian Cocktail Vodka Collinses Vodka Martinis 501 622 807 New Hampshire New Orleans New York San Francisco Bandbox

Award-winning author and Liquor.com advisor David Wondrich traces the history of vodka drinks in America.

Bar Agricole, San Francisco - Eco-Friendly Bars

One for the Road: Green Bars

Apr 22, 2011 · Travel Trends Botanical Lavender Lemonade Classic Cobbler Indian Summer LeedEr Cocktail Rose Gimlet Turf cocktail Minneapolis Philadelphia San Francisco Washington D.C.

Celebrate Earth Day year-round by visiting these environmentally friendly bars that also serve well-made cocktails.

Smuggler's Cove, San Francisco - Best Rum Bars

Best Rum Bars

Feb 23, 2011 · Travel Crimean Collins Daiquiri No. 7 el presidente Mai Tai Denver Los Angeles New York San Francisco

There are few spirits hotter than rum right now, and we found five of the best bars in the country at which to enjoy the popular liquor.

The Oakroom, Louisville - Speakeasy Bars - Historic Bars

Best Speakeasies

Feb 09, 2011 · History Travel Chicago Cleveland Louisville New York San Francisco

Shh! Keep your voice down. If you want the real Prohibition experience, visit these once-illicit establishments that were actually open in the 1920s.

Behind the Bar - How to Garnish Cocktails

Behind the Bar: How to Garnish

Nov 03, 2010 · Trends Irish Coffee Mai Tai Martini 807 California San Francisco

Master mixologist Dale DeGroff explains the art of garnishing a drink.

Woodford Reserve Master's Collection Bourbon Bottle - Maple Syrup Cocktails

The Hot List: Maple Syrup

Nov 01, 2010 · Products Trends Liberation Libation Rattlesnake 807 California San Francisco Vermont Savoy Cocktail Book

The natural sweetener has made the jump from breakfast bar to cocktail bar.

Victor "Trader Vic" Bergeron - Classic Tiki Cocktails - Cocktail History

The Return of Trader Vic

Oct 25, 2010 · History People Trends Mai Tai Painkiller Suffering Bastard London New York Oakland San Francisco Boozehound

Around the globe, a new generation of bartenders is reinterpreting historic tiki cocktails.

Elixir, San Francisco - Best Sports Bars

Best Bars for Football and Cocktails

Oct 06, 2010 · Cocktails Travel 501 506 602 807 Allston Boston California Chicago Illinois Massachusetts New York San Francisco

Forget pitchers of beer and baskets of cheap chicken wings: You can catch Sunday’s big game while enjoying expertly made mixed drinks at these four bars.

Nihon Whisky Lounge, San Francisco - Best Bars

One for the Road: Single-Minded Bars

Oct 01, 2010 · Travel 501 529 803 807 839 California Kentucky Las Vegas Los Angeles Louisville Nevada New York San Francisco

Across the country, there’s a new breed of establishments dedicated to just one type of liquor.

Country Thyme - San Francisco Cocktails

Cocktails by the Bay

Sep 17, 2010 · Travel Blushing Lima #2 Country Thyme Saint's Buck 807 California San Francisco

Can’t make it to San Francisco? Mix up these signature recipes from three of the city’s top bars.

Chef Traci des Jardins - Pairing Food and Cocktails

Gourmet Shot: Traci des Jardins

Sep 01, 2010 · People Black Mission Fig and Padrón Pepper Salad Coa Fresca 807 California San Francisco

Enjoy this salad and cocktail recipe from one of San Francisco's top restaurants.

Tony's Saloon, Los Angeles - Bars where Bartenders Drink

One for the Road: Bartenders’ Bars

Aug 25, 2010 · Travel 511 803 807 839 California Las Vegas Los Angeles Nevada New York San Francisco Washington D.C.

From New York to San Francisco, we found six spots where bartenders go to drink.

Celery Cup No. 1 Cocktail - Farmers Market Cocktails

Farmers’ Market Mixology

Aug 18, 2010 · Trends Bloody Mary Draaanks Celery Cup No. 1 Fresh Red Snapper 501 807 New York San Francisco

Drink in the summer with these fresh-vegetable cocktails.

Ryan Fitzgerald - Bartender Tips

Raising the Bar: Ryan Fitzgerald

Aug 11, 2010 · People Fogerty 807 California San Francisco

Meet one of the country’s best new mixologists.

Tales of the Cocktail New Orleans - Tales of the Cocktail 2010

The Tale End: 2010

Jul 30, 2010 · History Trends 501 508 635 807 Austin Australia Brisbane California London New York Pennsylvania Pittsburgh San Francisco Texas

What we learned at this year’s Tales of the Cocktail convention in New Orleans.

Off to the Races Cocktail - Farm Fresh Cocktails

Farm-Fresh Cocktails

Jul 23, 2010 · Trends Off to the Races 807 California San Francisco

The best bartenders in the country will go to great lengths to make amazing cocktails. Some are even growing their own ingredients.

Soccer Ball in a Cocktail Glass - Soccer World Cup Cocktails

Cup Cocktails

Jul 09, 2010 · Travel Trends Caliente Copa Sangria SCUDERIA SHANDY 501 807 California New York San Francisco

Make these soccer-inspired drinks during this weekend’s World Cup finals.

BarSol Pisco Bottle - Pisco Cocktails

Pisco Possibilities

Mar 24, 2010 · Products Travel Trends Chilcano Honey Ryder Pisco Sour 500 501 602 807 California Chicago Illinois New York Oregon Portland San Francisco

Find out more about the national spirit of both Chile and Peru.

Clarke's, Miami - Great Irish Pubs

Best Irish Bars

Mar 17, 2010 · Travel 501 528 602 613 807 California Chicago Florida Illinois Miami Minneapolis Minnesota New York San Francisco

From New York to San Francisco, the best American pubs.

Beverage Academy, San Francisco - Cocktail Classes

A Liquid Education

Mar 11, 2010 · Travel 501 512 807 819 Annapolis California Maryland New York San Francisco Seatlle Washington

Learn about cocktails and spirits from the country’s top bartenders.

Whiskey Bottles - Spirits Festivals

One for the Road: Festival Guide

Mar 09, 2010 · Travel 501 529 602 622 807 Bardstown California Chicago Illinois Kentucky Louisiana New Orleans New York San Francisco

From WhiskyFest and the Manhattan Cocktail Classic to Tales of the Cocktail, your guide to the spirited travel season.

Bartender with Shaker - Tableside Drink Service

Mobile Mixology

Mar 04, 2010 · Travel Trends Moscow Mule 501 506 807 820 Boston California Massachusetts New York San Francisco Vancouver

Restaurants and bars across the country are adding tableside bar service.

Beachbum's Own Cocktail - Tiki Cocktails