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The Best Bars in San Francisco

Bottoms up! See our favorite places to sip sophisticated cocktails

Trick Dog
3010 20th Street
The bi-level space is tricked out with industrial cool bar stools, iron banisters, and found objects, and the cocktail menu resembles a Pantone color guide swatch, with cocktails named after real colors.

The Speakeasy Tap Room
1195 Evans Avenue
The dark and cozy taproom is outfitted with reclaimed wood, an original speakeasy door and a red buzzer to push just in case of a raid. Brewery tours are great fun, but if you reserve the 30-seat private tasting room, everyone will know your name.

424 Octavia Street

With six taps that rotate seasonally, the line to the counter often stretches beyond the chain-link fence separating the oasis from Octavia Street. Bask in the sun with beer, sausage and pickled deviled eggs.

The Abbot’s Cellar

742 Valencia Street
A swoon-worthy, 3,000-square foot craft beer temple with a 24-foot ceiling and a menu of sophisticated Californian cuisine.



620 Jones Street
Serving up cocktails on its rooftop patio, this well-designed contemporary hotspot is always full of revelers enjoying drinks, including Mi Cielito, a tequila tipple finished with angostura bitters, and the Drunken Pear, Plymouth gin over muddled pear and cucumber.

Wilson & Wilson
505 Jones Street
This detective-agency themed speakeasy-in-a-speakeasy is hidden within the famed Bourbon & Branch, one of the pioneers of San Francisco’s craft cocktail movement. Menus here are fashioned like crime cases, the walls are adorned with 1920s-style wallpaper and bartenders make precise measurements through eyedroppers. While there, try the “prix fixe” cocktail flight featuring a selection of drinks concocted to mimic a liquid three-course meal.