Drinking in SF: Bourbon and Branch
Bourbon and Branch is a traditional speakeasy. Their 8 house rules—hushed voices and no cell phones among them—encourage neighborly conversation in a very relaxed setting. It's a great way to meet people if you're traveling alone as well. There is a binder's worth of libations here that are each expertly prepared by resident 'mixologists.' Don't forget the password—they'll give it to you when you make a reservation. It's all part of the fun!
By Natalie Taylor, AFAR Local Expert
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In the style of the actual speakeasy that illegally operated in this Tenderloin spot from 1921 until 1933, Bourbon & Branch is a modern glimpse back to a time when buying and selling alcohol was illegal. To keep that Prohibition-era feel alive, Bourbon & Branch maintains a set of house rules—no cameras, no cell phones, no standing at the bar, exit quietly, and “speak easy,” which means asking the bartender for a drink without raising suspicion. Their wide selection of whiskeys, rums, bourbons, and tequilas will have you speaking easily often. Need to make a quick exit? Take one of the five secret tunnels used almost a century ago. Bourbon & Branch is open seven days a week from 6 p.m. until 2 a.m.
By Liv Combe, AFAR Contributor
Lower Nob Hill, San Francisco, CA, USA