Written by: Jessica Gomes 7 Trendy Bars We Love in the City
When it comes to San Franciscans, they know how to booze. Whether it is their 6:00a.m. shot of Fernet-Branca before hitting the office, whiskey for lunch or getting an after-work martini with co-workers, locals are the best at balancing business with pleasure.
3174 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103 | 415.400.4748 | www.abvsf.com
When industry veterans collaborate, something beautiful is usually created. That’s the case when it comes to ABV, which was developed by 3 local bartenders, Ryan Fitzgerald, Erik Reichborn-Kjennerud, and Todd Smith, who are very well known within San Francisco’s cocktail circles. You can find this dimly lit, neighborhood cocktail bar in the Mission district. Expect to have your senses stimulated with their cocktail menu featuring recipes carefully crafted by the trio utilizing whiskey, tequila, rum, brandy, gin and vodka to please the masses. Step outside of your vodka zone and try their Whiskey in Church cocktail made with smoky scotch, oloroso, maple, and smoked pear bitters, perfect for those chilly San Francisco nights. If you aren’t in the mood for cocktails or maybe went too hard the night before, try one of their three beers or wines on tap. Nobody likes a boozer who can’t hold their liquor so take advantage of their delicious snacks created by Chef Kevin Cimino to munch on and soak some of that alcohol up. Try their Chicken Pot Pie Empanadas, Mapo Sloppy Joe or famous Pimento Cheese Burger deemed “best burger in town” by locals.
- %ABV is open 7 days a week from 2:00 pm- 2:00am Drink Like A Local In San Francisco
- Bar snacks are served until 1:00 am and they are all under $10!
488A Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102 | www.brasstackssf.com
The self-proclaimed “watering hole, neighborhood bar, ” Brass Tacks in Hayes Valley is generally packed on a nightly basis with people drinking down their excellent whiskey collection and sipping on their craft cocktails. If you are going to head out in Hayes Valley, make sure you end up at this place to mingle with the good looking crowd consisting of locals and some tourists who happen to stumble into this place. It’s the place to come for an exciting, lively night with stiff drinks. Try their On Her Majesty’s Secret Service made with scotch, Benedictine, amontillado and Angostura or ask the bartender to stir you up an old fashion, which is poured over a large cube. P.S. They serve Pappy Van Winkle by the glass—you’re welcome.
- For you whiskey lovers they serve Pappy Van Winkle by the glass. Drink Like A Local In San Francisco
The Tipsy Pig
2231 Chestnut St , San Francisco, CA 94123 | 415.292.2300 | www.thetipsypigsf.com
If you are in the mood for an after work cocktail head over to the Tipsy Pig, a popular gastropub serving up chef driven American comfort food that change seasonally as well as a large craft beer selection. When you walk in this rustic venue, you will see nothing but suites (both ladies and gentlemen) standing around the bar with their jackets off and ties loosened, sipping on some local brew. Or perhaps they are downing a delicious Strawberry Fields, a cocktail made with vodka, fresh strawberries, simple syrup, soda water and fresh lime. Moving past the rustic bar and dining area, the restaurant opens up to a gorgeous open garden patio for dining and drinking; surrounded by heaters (and a few cocktails deep) you will be nice and toasty no matter the weather.
- Order the Strawberry Fields cocktail, a local favorite.
- They have a great happy hour providing bites for $3, $6 and $8, not to mention their half off bottles of wine. Drink Like A Local In San Francisco
124 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133 | 415.649.6191 | www.docrickettssf.com
Located in a renovated and preserved 1911 building in North Beach, Doc Ricketts Restaurant and the underground venue Doc’s Lab provides a creative environment for artists and those who enjoy the arts to collaborate. In the basement, Doc’s Lab is a gathering place where music, comedy and literary events take place on a nightly basis. Originally, this underground venue was The Purple Onion, a large venue where over the years many artists have performed and some even launching their careers such as Woody Allen, Robin Williams and Zach Galifianakis. Doc Rickett’s serves up their versions of the classics for cocktails like the Aged Negroni and Hemingway Daiquiri. Start out by grabbing a bite to eat upstairs from their seasonal, Northern California inspired cuisine by Chef Justin Deering and then grab a drink and head downstairs to watch the show, wind down and get inspired.
- Downstairs from the restaurant is Doc’s Lab, a gathering place for music, comedy, and literary events.
- Doc Ricketts and Doc’s Lab get their name from the renowned American marine biologist Ed Ricketts. In his lab, night after night he hosted writers, artists, scientists, philosophers, musicians, and locals.
The Devil’s Acre
256 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133 | 415.766.4363 | www.thedevilsacre.com
Welcome to the throwback tavern, Barbary Coast style boozery (minus the brothels), The Devil’s Acre. They are shaking and stirring apothecary-themed cocktails in North Beach for your medicinal needs; don’t be alarmed if when you ask for the cocktail menu, you are handed a twenty-two-page almanac filled with all kinds of cocktails; you will immediately understand once you lay eyes on their “lab” filled with eye droppers and chemist’s canisters. If you want a little mystery, check out their one of a kind cocktail program and then sneak down the unmarked staircase in the back to their hidden underground bar. Shhh.
- The Barbary Coast was a red-light district during the second half of the 19th and early 20th centuries in San Francisco which featured dance halls, concert saloons, bars, jazz, clubs variety shows, and brothels.
- If you are DD that night check out their non alcoholic beverages like their mix of Orange Crush, Ginger Beer, and Ammonia Coke. Drink Like A Local In San Francisco
701 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94109 | www.rxbarsf.com
Rx created a cocktail menu based on the actual prohibition-era prescription forms doctors used to diagnose and treat with medicinal alcohol. Along with their “doctor remedies” their menu consists of cocktails created to be painkillers, stress relievers, and stimulants depending on your needs. Crafty and delicious they use all kinds of spirits from Cynar to Whiskey to Mezcal. When you get there tell your doc, er, I mean bartender what your symptoms are and they will whip you something up, making you feel better in no time.
- They use the old prescription forms to diagnose and treat your “symptoms.” Drink Like A Local In San Francisco
12 4th St, San Francisco, CA 94103 | 415.348.1555 | www.dirtyhabitsf.com
Lifted above San Francisco’s busy Soma District, Dirty Habit provides an intimate and edgy hideaway with a dramatic film-noir ambiance where you can socially sip on one of their creative libations and nosh on their shareable and seasonal cuisine. The bar-centric concept focuses on fresh plates and rare brown spirits, San Francisco’s reoccurring theme, along with table service for your convenience. The inventive bar program features large communal cocktails, house creations crafted with unusual cocktail ingredients such as corn tea and porcini mushrooms along with over three hundred rare spirits sourced from all over the world. Try their version of the Purple Drank a seasonal concoction made with Pierre Ferrand 1840 cognac, Okinawa yam, lemon, grand poppy liqueur (a bitter-sweet liqueur), dried green grapes, creamy sweet potato, star anise and marigolds or their Left For Broke cocktail made with Dickel rye, averna amaro (an Italian bitter-sweet liqueur), alvear pedro ximenez (solera cream sherry), candied orange, dates, cinnamon spice and vanilla. If you need a cocktail for the table, try their Karl “The Fog” Cutter made with Denizen Rum, Cuttsark Prohibition Scotch, orange, orgeat and lime.
- They make communcal cocktails for groups of 4 or more.
- Melissa Fleis, Project Runway Season 10 finalist, is one of the collaborators for Dirty Habits
- Brian Means, the Bar Manager, is Vice President of the United States Bartenders Guild and you can often find him perfecting cocktails in the Dirty Habit kitchen.
- They house over three hundred different types of spirits from around the world.