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Beretta: Best Bars in San Francisco

Beretta: Best Bars in San Francisco

Best Bars in San Francisco

Beretta is a restaurant that also hosts a bar of uniquely crafted cocktails. The nice décor is perfect if you’re alone and want to grab a bite; you can eat at the bar while watching the mixologists shake up drinks.

One popular drink is the Maserati, a mix of Cynar, lime, grapefruit, Martinique and mint. Another favorite is Lonsdale, a combination of gin, apple, lemon, basil, and honey, and a thirst-quenching addition to your meal.

There are no reservations, and it’s packed almost every night, so call ahead and see if you can get your name on the wait list. Or, even better, swing by and see if you can grab a drink at the bar while you wait.

Check out Beretta for a unique dining and drinking experience in the Mission neighborhood.


Best College Bars In The Bay Area

College Bar (credit: JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

They seem to prosper in San Francisco, Berkeley and Palo Alto, where Bay Area college bars have lots going on. From live music to foosball and from darts to trivia quiz nights, happy hours and late nights are as much a part of the scene as cold beer and wide screen televisions. Some of these bars and pubs have been around for a decade. One important thing that will never change is location, location, location.

Kezar Pub, San Francisco (Photo by Laurie Jo Miller Farr)

Pool, darts and video games plus multiple TV screens go great with the nachos and crispy buffalo wings. From the University of San Francisco, a walk to the sports bar on the edge of Golden Gate Park is only a six-minute walk. From the UCSF Parnassus main campus, it’s 10 minutes on foot, which beats waiting for Muni. The Kezar’s sister pub, Brit-style The Mad Dog in the Fog, is down the other end of Haight Street. Whether it’s March Madness, the World Series, Big 12 or the Super Bowl, you won’t find a sports event that doesn’t pack these places out.

Bus Stop Saloon, San Francisco (credit: Laurie Jo Miller Farr)

Around since 1900, Bus Stop Saloon boasts the awning at the corner of Union and Laguna streets in the Marina District. Open until 2 a.m. seven nights a week, it’s a bit divey, heavily sporty feel with a campus vibe, even though there isn’t one here. The big commuter schools around San Francisco know about places like this for pool, a good jukebox, craft beers on tap, plenty of space and lots of TVs. One of the best deal is on Wednesday and Saturday, when the Pabst Buckets are six for $15. The Blue Light and Brick Yard are only a few steps away, so the whole two-block strip is a go-to sports bar zone.

At Berkeley’s oldest pub, established in 1964, you can BYOF (that’s bring your own food) if you like. The Bird holds their Brainstormer quiz nights for fun and prize drinks tokens on Sundays at 8:30 p.m. and the darts tournament on Tuesdays. Board games, beer and popcorn rank high on the list of good things about the old school place, where occasional live band performances take place on a Wednesday (free) or Saturday ($3 cover) night. Over-21’s only, it’s just 1.5 blocks north of campus at UC Berkeley, with the Bay Area’s largest student population.

Serving beer to a crowd in a San Francisco bar (credit: Laurie Jo Miller Farr)


Beretta

Beretta attracts a fair number of foodies, so if you strike up a conversation with a female in here make sure you&rsquore up on the current season of Top Chef &ndash either that or ask her what her favorite recipe out of the Momofuku cookbook is (works every time). But really the attraction to Beretta is not as a pick-up scene: sure there&rsquos some girls around -- and the surrounding Mission neighborhood has more cute hipster chicks than you can shake a single-speed bike at -- but really it&rsquos the killer drinks that keeps the place crowded (and it usually is). Zagat&rsquos says, &ldquococktails were great -- but strong,&rdquo while we say &ldquobring it on.&rdquo Surely you will, too.

If your party is smaller than six, call ahead within 45 minutes of your expected arrival and they will add your name and hold your place on our waiting list for a maximum of 45 minutes from the time of your call.


The saga of San Francisco's last arcade bars

There&rsquos a pink neon light blinking from within the lobby of Emporium SF, and I instantly feel perplexed by the sign of life emanating from the NoPa arcade bar.

It&rsquos a drizzly Thursday evening in May, and I&rsquom simultaneously taking sips from my Sonic Boom Old Fashioned &ndash a &ldquoStreet Fighter&rdquo inspired cocktail &ndash and trying to peer over the divider of my parklet booth to get a better look at what&rsquos going on inside the newly reopened space. It&rsquos just after 6 p.m., during what would normally be a bustling happy hour, but the sounds of laughter mingling with the mechanical melodies of vintage pinball games and the cyber explosions from classic favorites like &ldquoGalaga&rdquo have gone silent.

Which is why I was so surprised when one of the staff approached the booth where my partner and I were seated and told us we could order another drink at the parklet if we wanted, but that the bar was opening inside at 7 p.m.

&ldquoTo what extent?&rdquo I asked, incredulously.

&ldquoGames, drinks, everything,&rdquo he said. &ldquoAnd we&rsquore showing the Warriors game on a 50-foot screen.&rdquo

My partner and I glanced at one another. We knew what needed to be done.

Arcade games at the Detour in San Francisco bear signs asking customers to practice social distancing.

Patricia Chang/Special to SFGATE

Even though San Francisco has just entered the yellow tier, allowing bars citywide to resume operation indoors for the first time in over a year, arcade bars are among some of the last public spaces to cross the proverbial finish line of the reopening process. Early on in the pandemic, there was the concern that COVID-19 might easily spread through contaminated surfaces, and with their tactile nature, San Francisco&rsquos arcade bars faced especially dire circumstances.

The CDC has since revealed the risk of someone getting infected through surface transmission is considered low, but the city&rsquos long-shuttered, game-centric venues still had few options to generate revenue, and they worried they were running out of time.

Emporium attempted to work out alternate plans that incorporated their main product &mdash arcade games &mdash with the impossible situation of an outdoor parklet, exploring scenarios that included taking the hefty, aging cabinets outside where they arguably didn&rsquot belong. Meanwhile, SoMa&rsquos Coin-Op permanently closed in November, leaving San Francisco with just two arcade bars left: Emporium SF, which unveiled its newly built parklet sans games at the beginning of May, and the Detour in the Castro (more on that later.)

&ldquoIt&rsquos obviously been a roller coaster, so to speak,&rdquo said Emporium co-founder Danny Marks, who established the arcade bar franchise with his brother Doug in 2012. It has six locations nationwide: four in Chicago, including its first branch in Wicker Park two others in San Francisco and Oakland and a new space in Las Vegas&rsquo AREA15 district that opened in February.

At 12,000 square feet and housed in what used to be the historic Harding Theater, Emporium&rsquos San Francisco outpost is by far the chain&rsquos largest. It was also &ldquoarguably the most successful location,&rdquo at least prior to the pandemic, said Marks. With its nostalgic forms of entertainment amid a nightclub-like atmosphere complete with DJs and dancing, it was the ideal place for people to casually socialize &ndash but he believes that those aspects of Emporium&rsquos success were also what held them back.

Early on in the pandemic, there was the concern that COVID-19 might easily spread through contaminated surfaces, and with their tactile nature, San Francisco’s arcade bars faced especially dire circumstances.

Patricia Chang/Special to SFGATE

&ldquoWe&rsquore the worst of both worlds in a sense,&rdquo he said with a dry chuckle. &ldquoWe&rsquore not like a restaurant or traditional bar where people are sitting down most of the time. We&rsquore more of a &lsquowalk around and mingle&rsquo type of place, and that&rsquos more conducive to the transmission of the virus than touching the buttons of an arcade game. We never really tried to do an intermediate reopening until very recently, because being served a drink at a table is such a departure from our normal experience.&rdquo

The fact that it was able to open inside after all made our last-minute visit on Thursday all the more exciting. Trying to hide the fact that we were speed-walking through the entrance &ndash it was our first real night out in over a year, after all &ndash my partner and I quickly discovered the source of the blinking neon lights that caught my attention earlier: &ldquoDance Dance Revolution Extreme.&rdquo I wish I could tell you that was where our night started, but understandably, it wasn&rsquot available to play, and neither were a handful of other two-player arcade games &ndash possibly to keep space between guests.

Instead, we opted to take turns on a single-player version of &ldquoTime Crisis 4&rdquo before moving onto the essentials: &ldquoTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles&rdquo and a &ldquoRevenge from Mars&rdquo themed pinball game. It was the most fun I&rsquove had in months, and even though my partner and I are both fully vaccinated and live together, any other anxieties I may have had about my safety were quelled by the available hand sanitizer stations and the diligent staff wiping down each arcade machine after each use. But when we wandered up to the second floor overlooking the bar to play pool, something occurred to me.

The place was completely dead. I couldn&rsquot even count enough people to round up for &ldquoKiller Queen&rdquo (a popular, 10-player arcade game craze I wrote about in 2019.)

It&rsquos definitely worth noting the bar was operating at 25% of its usual capacity, and that news of its soft reopening seemed to be mostly word-of-mouth. From an introvert&rsquos perspective, this dialed-down atmosphere was sort of a dream come true. I could play pool for the first time in over a year without a random stranger breathing down my neck, waiting for their turn. I could Skee-Ball to my heart&rsquos content without feeling bad about hogging the game.

The view from the second floor overlooking Emporium SF, which reopened indoors for the first time last Thursday.

Yet, I was still missing the communal aspect of the arcade bar experience &ndash the feeling of a group of friends cheering me on or engaging in playful competitive banter with a stranger. The mingling aspect that Marks had mentioned to me during our earlier conversation was exactly what was missing.

When arcade bars started popping up in recent years, I was initially drawn to them because they provided me with fond memories of the long-gone pizza restaurants, movie theater lobbies and skating rinks of my childhood. The arcade games we see today likely had a previous life in one of these spaces, and the role they play as interactive time capsules is fascinating to me. Going to an arcade bar isn&rsquot like playing &ldquoStardew Valley&rdquo on my Nintendo Switch alone at home for the umpteenth time &mdash the time limits and turn-based gameplay make the game feel like an experience in and of itself.

But maybe most importantly, they&rsquove provided me with an organic excuse to interact with new people, some of whom have become my friends, in a way that doesn&rsquot feel forced or trite.

Marks said he feels optimistic about the public&rsquos return to arcade bars, citing increasing vaccination rates and Emporium&rsquos carefully implemented safety measures, but Shawn Vergara, owner of the Detour in the Castro isn&rsquot so sure. He and sister-business partner Tiffny Vergara Chung plan to reopen their own arcade bar and restaurant in early July if all goes according to plan, but the 7-year-old business is still facing a number of setbacks.

&ldquoWe have literally leapfrogged from one PPP loan to the next, and now we&rsquore applying for the RRF [Restaurant Revitalization Fund] and waiting on pins and needles to see if we&rsquore going to get to the finish line,&rdquo said Vergara, who also runs the nearby bar Blackbird. &ldquoI guess that&rsquos what it feels like. You put all your dreams and hopes on the table and take on the financial responsibility of opening a place, and the way the government has handled this has just felt like we were really robbed. They were not prepared to take care of all of these businesses.&rdquo


Trick Dog Arrow

Drinks are taken seriously at this bar, which has earned a bulletproof reputation as one of the leading cocktail joints, not just in the city, but in the world. To shake things up, the menu revolves around a theme that rotates every few months. Both the tipples and the themes vary widely, some lending themselves to literal interpretations, some more metaphorical: think horoscopes, records, and Pantone colors. And the exceedingly creative drink menus didn't come at the expense of the food. Dishes would stand on their own here even if this weren't such a cocktail hotspot.


Summer Drink Recipes: Crystal Beach from Cotogna in San Francisco

Sometimes we get in a summer cocktail rut. There's nothing wrong with a refreshing gin and tonic or a pitcher of fresh and fruity margaritas, but when August rolls around, it's time to call in for more inspiration. We turned to the bar manager at San Francisco's Cotogna for tips. He goes by the name 'Buffalo', and he's got a few delicious drinks up his sleeve. (He honed his chops at cocktail hotspots like Beretta, Alembic, Rickhouse, and Bourbon and Branch.)

When we asked Buffalo what cocktail ingredients he's into right now, we expected some crazy new vermouth or extra-rare bitters, but he answered simply: "Opal basil." The bright purple leaves, sometimes mottled with green, the vivid aroma. "It's super beautiful," he says. He uses it to crown a cocktail sparked by childhood nostalgia, named Crystal Beach after the Canadian amusement park he visited as a kid.

"At this amusement park, there was a drink in the slushie fountain called Loganberry. It was totally just red sugar water, but Loganberries are an actual berry, and there's now a liqueur made with it from Clear Creek Distillery," said Buffalo, though for now he uses Fair Goji Berry liqueur in this rye-based refresher. He describes the cocktail as "a childhood flashback with adult things going on. It's easy-breezy, all about the berries and basil."

He dials back the sweetness with lemon juice and lightens the cocktail by topping it off with a few ounces of spicy ginger beer and a big bunch of aromatic basil. If you can't find the goji berry or loganberry liqueurs, you can also try this recipe with raspberry liqueur.


11 Oldest Bars in San Francisco

San Francisco popped up in California in the late 18 th century, but it’s most notable historic period was the Gold Rush, which lasted from 1848 – 1855. A few of the oldest bars on this list date back to this time period and have been serving drinks to both locals and tourists alike for over 100 years. All of these bars are old enough to have survived Prohibition, with some operating as speakeasys. As of the time of this writing in December 2019, the bars on this list are still in operation. Any older bars that have closed recently were left off the list.

11. Buena Vista Café

Year Established: 1916
Location: 2765 Hyde St.
Also Serves Food: Yes
Operating Hours: Monday – Friday: 9AM – 2AM Saturday – Sunday: 8AM – 2AM

photo source: Wikimedia Commons

Buena Vista Café was first opened as a boarding house in 1910, but the first floor was turned into a saloon in 1916. Since then, Buena Vista Café has been serving drinks and the bar’s big claim to fame – besides its age – is introducing Irish Coffee to the U.S. In 1952, then-owner of Buena Vista, Jack Koeppler and travel writer Stanton Delaplane worked to recreate the Irish Coffee served at Shannon Airport in Ireland.

Irish Coffee features cream that floats at the top and Koeppler and Delaplane struggled with getting the technique right until they discussed it with the city’s then mayor, George Christopher, who was also a dairy farmer. With Mayor Christopher’s help, Koeppler and Delaplane perfected their Irish Coffee, which is still one of bar’s most popular drinks and is now served at many restaurants and bars around the country.

Did You Know?

According to Buena Vista Café, the bar has served more than 30 million Irish Coffees since 1952 and the recipe has never changed.

10. Double Play Bar & Grill

Year Established: 1909
Location: 2401 16th St.
Also Serves Food: Yes
Operating Hours: Monday – Tuesday: 7AM – 8PM Wednesday – Friday: 7AM – 9PM Saturday – Sunday: 8AM – 8PM

photo source: Yelp

Double Play Bar & Grill is not only one of the oldest bars in San Francisco, its the only existing reminder of the early days of the San Francisco Giants and the city’s other early baseball teams. The bar is located just across the street from where Seals Stadium used to stand, which is where the Pacific Coast League San Francisco Seals played followed by the San Francisco Missions, and finally the Giants. The walls of Double Play Bar & Grill are covered with memorabilia from all of these baseball teams and the bar is still regularly frequented by sports fans.

Did You Know?

Some of the baseball memorabilia inside of Double Play Bar & Grill includes: signs advertising long-vanished businesses, old first basemen’s gloves, a giant bat, and scorecards from games played years ago.

9. Hotel Utah Saloon

Year Established: 1908
Location: 500 4th St.
Also Serves Food: Yes
Operating Hours: Monday – Friday: 11:30AM – 2AM Saturday – Sunday: 11AM – 2AM

photo source: Flickr via torbakhopper

The Hotel Utah Saloon, commonly just called The Utah, was opened by the Deininger family in 1908. The Deiningers commissioned furniture makers in Belgium to design and create The Utah’s ornate bar-back. Like all of the bars on this list, The Hotel Utah Saloon was frequented by many sketchy characters early in its history, but its clientele has evolved over the years. Today, the SOMA neighborhood that The Hotel Utah Saloon is located in is thriving and so is the bar.

Did You Know?

The Hotel Utah Saloon got its current name in 1977 when the bar was purchased by Paul Gaer, who co-wrote the story for the 1979 film “The Electric Horseman.” Gaer put in a stage to support local entertainers and a few now famous names like Whoopi Goldberg, Robin Williams, and the Pickle Family Circus, were some of the first performers.

8. The Homestead

Year Established: 1902
Location: 2301 Folsom St.
Also Serves Food: Yes
Operating Hours: Monday – Sunday: 2PM – 2AM

photo source: Wikimedia Commons

Various sources cite The Homestead’s founding date as 1906, but the most reliable source, the bar’s current manager Deb Welch, says that The Homestead was opened in 1902 by Charles Scharenberg. Over the years The Homestead, which was originally called Old Homestead, changed as the area its located in became more popular. During Prohibition, The Homestead served sandwiches and soda for lunch while serving alcohol in secret. Like many places that have been open for over 100 years, The Homestead has had various owners the bar has been owned by Raub Shapiro and Rio Hackford since 2005.

Did You Know?

The Homestead still has the tables with secret shelves used to hide alcohol during Prohibition in its storage room.

7. Bus Stop Saloon

Year Established: 1900
Location: 1901 Union St.
Also Serves Food: No
Operating Hours: Monday – Friday: 10AM – 2AM Saturday – Sunday: 9AM – 2AM

photo source: Flickr via Ed Dunens

Bus Stop Saloon is the only bar on this list that has been run by the same family since early in its history. The bar was established in the same building sometime in 1900 and originally called Alley Inn. In 1919, the Ferronis, the current family that owns Bus Stop Saloon took over and has been running it ever since – they are currently in the fourth generation of owners. Today, the Bus Stop Saloon is a popular sports bar with several TVs for watching every game.

Did You Know?

According to Gabe Ferroni, in the 1980s, Oakland Raiders linebacker Ted Hendricks and his teammates used to come into the Bus Stop Saloon the night before a game to have a few drinks.

6. The Little Shamrock

Year Established: 1893
Location: 807 Lincoln Way
Also Serves Food: No
Operating Hours: Monday – Thursday: 3PM – 2AM Friday: 2PM – 2AM Saturday – Sunday: 1PM – 2AM

photo source: Wikimedia Commons via Joe Mabel

Similar to how The Saloon says its the oldest, The Little Shamrock claims its the second oldest bar in San Francisco just because it’s in the original building. Also like The Saloon, The Little Shamrock did survive the great San Francisco earthquake of 1906.

The Little Shamrock was first opened by Irish entrepreneur Julia Herzo Quigley and her first husband Antone Herzo to serve visitors and builders during the construction of the California Midwinter International Exposition of 1894 in Golden Gate Park. Like a few of the other historic bars on this list, The Little Shamrock was close to shutting down due to financial struggles, but was saved by its current owner, Saeed Ghazi, a few years ago.

Did You Know?

The Little Shamrock was prominently featured John Lescroart’s Dismas Hardy novel series, with Moses McGuire as its fictional owner and bartender.

5. Shotwell’s

Year Established: c.1891
Location: 3349 20th St.
Also Serves Food: No (Can Bring Your Own Food)
Operating Hours: Monday – Saturday: 4:30PM – 2AM Sunday: 4PM – 1AM

photo source: TridAdvisor

Shotwell’s is another old bar in San Francisco’s famed Mission District. The bar was first opened sometime in 1891 as a “Grocery Saloon” (a combination grocery store and saloon) by two German immigrants. Shotwell’s, which was called Schlichtmann’s at the time, continued operating as a grocery saloon until 1906 when the city outlawed them. However, Mr. Schlichtmann was one of the few people to obtain the limited number of saloon licenses and Shotwell’s has been a bar ever since (except during Prohibition, of course).

Did You Know?

Shotwell’s does not serve hard liquor – only beer, wine, and cider – because the person who bought the building in 1982 didn’t buy the liquor license as well and the subsequent owners never bothered to get one either, carrying on Shotwell’s no liquor tradition.

4. Northstar Cafe

Year Established: 1882
Location: 1560 Powell St.
Also Serves Food: No
Operating Hours: Monday – Friday: 1PM – 2AM Saturday: 11AM – 2AM Sunday: 9AM – 2AM

photo source: Yelp

Despite its name, Northstar Cafe is one of San Francisco’s most frequented bars that has been opened since 1882. In true bar fashion, Northstar Cafe doesn’t serve any food besides some popcorn. In addition to the free popcorn, Northstar’s pool tables are free to use. The bar also has six flatscreen TVs with various games playing, making Northstar Cafe popular with both locals and tourists.

Did You Know?

Northstar Cafe survived the Prohibition era by operating as a speakeasy.

3. The Saloon

Year Established: 1861
Location: 1232 Grant Ave.
Also Serves Food: No
Operating Hours: Monday – Sunday: 12PM – 1:30AM

photo source: Wikimedia Commons

Although Elixir and Old Ship Saloon are much older, The Saloon says that it is San Francisco’s oldest bar/saloon because its still in its original building. The Saloon has been around since 1861 and judging by pictures hanging on the bar’s walls from the 1870s, not much has changed. Today, The Saloon is a beloved dive bar that is also known for hosting live music every night, especially blues-rock bands.

Did You Know?

According to local legend, The Saloon survived the great earthquake of 1906 because it was built with unusually short beams.

2. Elixir

Year Established: 1858
Location: 3200 16th St.
Also Serves Food: Yes
Operating Hours: Monday – Friday: 3PM – 2AM Saturday – Sunday: 12PM – 2AM

photo source: TripAdvisor

Elixir is San Francisco’s second oldest bar and has been around since at least 1858, but could possibly be as old (or a few years older) than Old Ship Saloon. The original saloon building burned down in 1906, but the owner at the time decided to rebuild in the same spot. The current Elixir building has been around since 1907 and the bar has had several different owners and identities over the years. These days, Elixir is one of the best whisky bars in the country.

Did You Know?

Elixir’s current owner, Joseph Ehrmann (the bar’s 11 th owner), is the only proprietor to do renovations on the bar since 1907. Ehrmann has restored the bar’s original Victorian look, the original wood, and has uncovered more of Elixir’s history as well.

1. Old Ship Saloon

Year Established: 1851
Location: 298 Pacific Ave.
Also Serves Food: Yes
Operating Hours: Monday – Friday: 11AM – 2AM Saturday – Sunday: 10AM – 2AM

photo source: Flickr via Jennifer Woodward Maderazo

Barring a brief closure in 2017, Old Ship Saloon has been in operation since 1851, making it the oldest bar in San Francisco. The bar gets its unique name because it was built atop the remains of an actual Gold Rush era ship, the Arkansas, which ran aground on “Bird Island” (aka Alcatraz) in 1849. The ship was moved to the Barbary Coast area of the city and converted into a bar in 1851. Eventually, all of the ship’s remains were removed and the building that the Old Ship Saloon is housed in was built on the same spot.

Did You Know?

Originally, the Old Ship Saloon’s entrance had a gangplank and a sign that read: “Gud, bad and indif’rent spirits solds here! At 25 cents each.”


The Liquor Specialists

Collectively, Ryan Fitzgerald and Borys Saciuk have been bartending for nearly 40 years, and that experience shows at ABV, their 15-month-old Mission bar. But in addition to their own bars, they have also spent a lot of time in front of many other bars, thanks to their past experience as liquor brand ambassadors. This experience exposed them to what ended up being market research.

&ldquoI got to know my tastes better,&rdquo says Saciuk of the job. &ldquoWhat I like and dislike about a menu, bar service, how I like a cocktail, how I like to be treated, and seeing how things go down in different places &mdash that was invaluable.&rdquo

The lasting impression of how few bar owners cared about the quality of the spirits made a lasting impression. Says Fitzgerald: &ldquoAs bartenders selling to guests, we have so much influence over what people drink that we have an opportunity to change, by our choices and voting with our dollars, by what we sell, to change the culture of what&rsquos going on out there.&rdquo

Cocktail philosophy: ABV is unusual in that there are no &ldquowell&rdquo spirits, those cheap bottles that make up happy hour cocktails at other bars. For Fitzgerald, the sourcing and selection of the spirits are of upmost importance. It&rsquos what Fitzgerald and Saciuk attribute as the secret to the bar&rsquos popularity and accolades. &ldquoIf you&rsquore concerned about the food you&rsquore eating, you should be concerned about the spirits you&rsquore drinking,&rdquo says Fitzgerald. Thus, keeping drinks simple has always been the goal. &ldquoWe use a lot of really good spirits, and keeping the drinks simple lets them shine.&rdquo


5 Classic San Francisco Cocktails Created in the Bay Area (And Where to Try Them)

Move over NYC! The Washington Post declared San Francisco the #1 food destination in America! With only 7 x 7 miles, we are home to some of the most innovative restaurants in the country. You can enjoy Kung Pao Pastrami at Mission Chinese Food, or you can head over to Mozzeria,where their wonderful staff cook up Peking duck pizzas.

This foggy city might be the center of the food scene now, but it has been at the forefront of the craft cocktail revolution since the late 90s. Gastropub and one of the historic bars in San Francisco , 15 Romolo, became the first in the city to begin offering classic cocktails with a modern twist, and ever since S an Francisco cocktails started to take over the world.

No matter if you spend your time at laidback H aight Ashbury bars, or sipping S ausalito cocktails, or enjoying an evening at one of the many u pscale bars in San Francisco, make time during your trip to cut loose with a S an Francisco cocktail.

Since San Francisco cocktail history is rich, and their artisan cocktails dominate the culinary world of San Francisco, let’s take a look at five trendy cocktails and the best bars in San Francisco to try them at. This is what we call #DrinkingForHistory.


6. CHAMBERS

This back patio oasis at the Phoenix Hotel is so hip that it draws rock stars and models and feels more L.A. poolside or NYC Soho House than any other scene in San Francisco. Fave feature: The &ldquoBe Amazing&rdquo sign that pretty much says it all. Now, Chambers is open again for poolside drinks and dinner. Reservations are recommended, and takeout is available through the restaurant&rsquos website.


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