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The Best Bars in San Francisco

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Since its days as a port town, San Francisco offers serious drinkers some serious options. At the forefront of the craft brewing movement and a contender for one of the best cocktail cities of the world, San Francisco has a bar for everyone, whether it's a refined hotel bar with views of the city and the Golden Gate Bridge, a meticulous laboratory for spirits, or just a cluster of picnic tables by the water. You can get your coffee elsewhere. Bottoms up.
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950 Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94108, USA
This 70-year-old Polynesian-inspired bar at the Fairmont Hotel is part Disneyland’s Pirates of the Caribbean and part theme party with potent drinks. The bartenders mix rum cocktails of their own creation and showcase...
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355 11th St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA
Is Bar Agricole the best bar in the city? It’s certainly in the top five, based on the groundbreaking cocktail program developed by bartender and owner Thad Vogler; the award-winning architecture and interior design by local favorite Aidlin...
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Located within Liholiho Yacht Club, Louie's Gen-Gen Room has an extensive Japanese spirits menu, along with innovative cocktails and delicious nibbles. It's a reservations-only, speakeasy-like spot, so be sure to book your crew a table at least a...
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1705 Mariposa St, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA
For anyone who likes beer and appreciates how it's made, with a little local history on the side, the Anchor Brewing Company guided tour is a not-to-miss San Francisco experience. The tour starts out in the right place—in the taproom. Here...
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1725 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117, USA
The Alembic’s pink quail eggs are pickled overnight in coriander, allspice, and clove. They’re tangy on the outside, creamy on the inside, and beg for a Sazerac or bitter beer. For more drinking tips, check out our feature "How to Drink Anywhere...
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2765 Hyde St, San Francisco, CA 94109, USA
A writer walks into a bar. It sounds like the beginning of a joke, but when it happened at the Buena Vista on November 10, 1952, a new drink was born. Stanton Delaplane, a longtime columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle, walked...
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Lower Nob Hill, San Francisco, CA, USA
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...
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650 Gough St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA
If rum is your drink of choice and you love nothing more than a good tiki bar, head to Smuggler’s Cove in Hayes Valley. This dark, pirate-themed bar has one of the best rum selections in the city, delicious cocktails made by talented...
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600 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA
Cocktail lounge specializing in gin—Whitechapel boasts the largest selection of the stuff in North America—and global eats.
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2516 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
This Mission District spot is known for its Argentinean-style grilled meats, Latin American street foods, and tequila-favoring cocktail list. The rooftop terrace is a favorite for happy hour on weekdays.
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3174 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA
At ABV, you’ll find upscale riffs on classic bar comforts, such as falafel-battered merguez corn dogs and these mapo pork sloppy joes served in steamed buns. For more drinking tips, check out our feature "How to Drink Anywhere in the World" from...
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15 Romolo Pl, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
If the walls of North Beach’s 15 Romolo could talk, they’d certainly have quite a few stories to tell. Over the last century, this building has been home to a speakeasy, a brothel, and the Basque Hotel, which still operates today along...
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1504, 450 Powell St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA
Soaring high above Union Square on the 21st floor of Kimpton’s Sir Francis Drake Hotel, Lizzie’s Starlight (formerly Harry Dention’s Starlight Room) still offers its signature 360-degree city views, but its new interiors are...