The 11 Best New Bars in San Francisco: Fall 2017
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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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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.  Alta

Opened May 23 in the Minnesota Street Project building, Alta is the second location of master chef Daniel Patterson’s (Daniel Patterson…
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3.  Bar Fluxus

Opened at the end of 2016 in the alley a stone’s throw from locale favorite Irish Bank, Bar Fluxus is not…
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4.  China Live Cold Drinks

Off the heels of the opening of China Live restaurant and Bar Central in March, Cold Drinks (hidden upstairs) just soft-opened…
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5.  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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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.  The Matrix

The PlumpJack Group team of Jacques Bezuidenhout and Ken Luciano (Forgery, Wildhawk) has recently revived what was the clubby MatrixFillmore to…
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8.  Mockingbird

Melissa Axelrod and William Johnson’s Mockingbird was a neighborhood restaurant favorite in Oakland since 2013, closing in 2016 but reopening this…
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9.  Over Proof

Hidden upstairs inside acclaimed industry favorite, ABV, Over Proof opened in February with an innovative four-different-bars-over-a-year concept in its intimate space.…
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10.  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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11.  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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