With more than 500 spirits, a pioneering sherry menu and an in-house sherry expert, Ian J. Adams, North Beach’s 15 Romolo, tucked off Romolo alley in North Beach, has long been one of S.F.’s best bars for delicious food and inspired cocktails. (Watch for the annual Sherry Christmas menus.) Over the years, many of the city’s great bartenders have started their careers here. It also remains one of the best cocktail bars in the country.
THE DRINK TO DRINK: 15 Romolo does right by every spirit, not just sherry. But look for incomparable sherry greats like the bright, dry Penelope, mixing palo cortado sherry and brandy de Jerez with grenadine, lemon, cacao and a splash of sparkling rosé.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Bring change for the stellar jukebox lineup. Come hungry to fill up on the grass-fed short rib Yo-Mama burger, with house-made peanut butter, bacon, tomato and pickles.