Bars in San Francisco

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Neighborhood haunts, tiki dives, top-floor lounges, craft cocktail ateliers—San Francisco nightlife is serious, and its drinks are stiff. Beer-lovers... Read More

Neighborhood haunts, tiki dives, top-floor lounges, craft cocktail ateliers—San Francisco nightlife is serious, and its drinks are stiff. Beer-lovers will be delighted to learn that the metropolis boasts more microbreweries than New York City. Anchor Brewing Company is in the Mission Rock neighborhood, and tours are available by appointment every Friday afternoon. In general, most bars serve a rotating list of craft beers from nearby breweries. But the San Francisco bar scene doesn’t stop there: head to The Forgery downtown or Benjamin Cooper in Union Square for polished craft cocktails, or grab a stool a Union Larder in Russian Hill to sample the city’s hottest new wine bar.

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  • 15 Romolo

    Tucked between the neon lights of North Beach’s old school strip clubs is this oasis of high-minded craft cocktails. Swing by on weekend mornings for... Read More

  • ABV

    This Mission district hangout riffs off the neighborhood’s urban and artsy vibe with a sprawling mural on the wall. Inventive cocktails like the Mumbai... Read More

  • Benjamin Cooper

    This contemporary bar is a melting pot of travelers and locals. An unmarked door adds to the allure, as does its setup: three types of oysters, stiff... Read More

  • Bluxome Street Winery

    You don’t have to travel all the way to Napa to visit a winery. In SoMa, you can find this urban winery serving flights and wines by the glass in an... Read More

  • Chambers

    Don’t let the location fool you: This bar in the gritty Tenderloin neighborhood is a gem. A vinyl collection lining the shelves sets the tone for an... Read More

  • Dirty Water

    This bar is armed with enough rare spirits (Pappy Van Winkle bourbon), less-available beers (52, on tap), and coveted wines (100 by the glass) to... Read More

  • Harper and Rye

    This neighborhood bar lights up Polk Gulch’s nightlife with massive punch jars that serve four people (opt for the Kentucky Punch, with bourbon, honey,... Read More

  • Hopwater

    If it wasn’t apparent by its name, Hopwater Distribution, this places is for beer lovers. A bright exposed brick space makes for refined tastings and... Read More

  • Maven

    Newly christened Maven has made the Haight’s bar scene cool again. Creative cocktails with cheeky names like Global Warming (gin, sake, and lemon with a... Read More

  • Smuggler’s Cove

    This tiki bar is so over-the-top, it transcends from tacky into the realm of cool. Pirate-themed décor transports patrons to a fictional land, fueled by... Read More

  • Forgery

    Downtown’s polished happy hour crowd frequents this industrial-chic bar for craft cocktails like the famed El Vampiro with mescal, sherry, crème de... Read More

  • The Interval at Long Now

    This under-the-radar bar in Fort Mason is worth seeking out for its museum-like décor alone. Imbibing intellectuals fill the iron stools amid curiosity... Read More

  • Trick Dog

    The bartenders at this converted warehouse craft cocktails in a saloon-style space (exposed wood and a mezzanine). Their creations are some of the best... Read More

  • Union Larder

    Russian Hill’s new cheese, wine, and charcuterie bar executes all three pillars perfectly. Homemade coppa, duck liver mousse, and uni pate are... Read More

  • Verso

    A former printing press in the burgeoning Mid Market neighborhood is now the city’s newest nightclub. High ceilings, concrete flooring, and exposed... Read More

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