Head to the historic Mister Jiu’s space down a Chinatown alley for chef Brandon Jew’s modern Chinese cooking. The bar is equally a draw, thanks to Danny Louie, one of S.F.’s consummate barmen. In the sleek, dim front bar, expect Asian ingredients to show up in inspired ways, like cocktails featuring funky Chinese spirit baijiu or lush teas from Chinatown.
THE DRINK TO DRINK: The Eternity is an umami lovers’ go-to, a Martini-esque sipper of gin, vodka, dill-infused Lillet apéritif and crab oil, garnished with smoked olives and pickled long beans. Go off-menu for the grown-up Orange Jiu’lius enhanced by the subtle funk of Denizen rum, silky Absolut Elyx vodka, fresh orange juice, condensed milk and vanilla extract.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: While you can feast in the dining room, bar bites are among Mister Jiu’s best dishes, whether Dutch crunch BBQ pork buns or dreamy prawn milk bread toast.