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
Speakeasy Cocktails in Downtown San Francisco
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