1. Trick Dog3010 20th St, San Francisco
2. The Alembic1725 Haight St, San Francisco
3. Tradition441 Jones St, San Francisco
4. Alchemist Bar & Lounge679 3rd Street, San Francisco
5. Maven598 Haight St, San Francisco
6. Bergerac316 11th St, San Francisco
7. Park Tavern1652 Stockton St, San Francisco
8. Blackbird2124 Market St, San Francisco
Brought to you by The Bon Vivants, Trick Dog in The Mission's a marble- and steel-adorned cocktailery serving drinks from a Pantone-inspired menu with names from favorite song titles, along with bar bites like beer nuts, pickles, and cracklins.
While you flip through the encyclopedia that is their drink menu, snack on some atypical chow like pickled quail eggs or jerk spiced duck hearts at this unusual and trendy bar and restaurant.
This laid back spot from the Bourbon & Branch team maintains both tiki and speakeasy vibes. Make a reservation for one of the nine "snugs," which are high-walled booths with stained glass windows, each of which is dedicated to a certain cocktail era. Charming vintage art and bartenders in suspenders add to the unique mood of the place, and the cocktails are always inventive and delicious, like the Dr. Jones (islay mist scotch, lemon, honey, orange, apricot liqueur, cinnamon tincture).
Being an Alchemist in the 14th century was actually pretty daunting: you had to discover a means for everlasting life, transmute base metals into gold, and, worst of all, hang out with Zosimos of Panopolis. For a bar taking a less-daunting approach to that age-old profession, check out Alchemist Bar & Lounge in SOMA.
If the words "redwood", "bar top", "alluring", "seductive", and most importantly, "creative cocktails" mean anything to you, Maven is the place of your dreams. Rooted in San Fran's Lower Haight neighborhood, this restaurant that serves small plates and curated drinks is worth a trip.
Bergerac's a cocktail destination in SOMA, styled like a Southern French mansion and whipping up 'tails off of five separate menus for different tastes, as well as awesome bar snacks like tempura'd freezer-cured eggs.
Located in the culturally rich North Beach neighborhood of San Francisco, Park Tavern serves American-style cuisine, plus well-rounded cocktail and wine menus are also sure to please.
From a dude who used to run the kitchen at 15 Romolo, Blackbird's Bar Jars're 4oz Masons you can get at the (surprise!) bar, all served with crackers and stuffed with six different types of goodness including deviled ham, smoked trout dip, and chicken liver mousse.