Bars & Night­clubs

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15 ROMOLO  One of the best bars in the city for a per­fectly crafted, cre­ative cock­tail, this dim, hid­den spot in an al­ley off the North Beach strip also serves well-priced carnival-themed bar bites. www.15ro­ 15 Romolo Pl., 415.398.1359. Map 1, D4

ALCHEMIST BAR & LOUNGE  This bar and lounge mixes SF’s famed speakeasy-style bar scene (clas­sic cock­tails served in an off-the-beaten-path sec­ond story lo­ca­tion) with a hip­ster vibe (shuf­fle­board, board games) in the SOMA district.­ 679 3rd St., 415.746.9968. Map 1, F7

ALEMBIC Of­fer­ing a long list of both clas­sic cock­tails and orig­i­nal con­coc­tions, this Haight Ash­bury res­tau­rant and bar is a great place to try some­thing new, like the Blood and Sand. Home­made brews and lo­cal food are the spe­cialty, mak­ing it a true San Fran­cisco ex­pe­ri­ence. www.alem­ 1725 Haight St., 415.666.0822. Map 2, F5

AN­CHOR DISTILLING COM­PANY You may al­ready be fa­mil­iar with the his­toric An­chor Brewing Com­pany, but you prob­a­bly didn’t know that the iconic brew­ery is also the home of An­chor Distilling Com­pany. Es­tab­lished in 1993 as a top se­cret project, An­chor Distilling Com­pany has re­cently opened its doors to the pub­lic with the launch of a new tast­ing room. The com­pany of­fers a one-hour, in­ti­mate tast­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, in which a bev­er­age ex­pert guides you through An­chor’s pro­duc­tion process and helps you ex­plore the fla­vors and aro­mas of An­chor spir­its, in­clud­ing Old Potrero 18th Cen­tury Whiskey, Hop­head vodka, Genevieve gin and more. Re­serve ahead. www. an­chordis­till­ 1705 Mari­posa St., 415.863.8350. Map 2, J6

AU­DIO DISCOTECH  With a nod to the past but an eye to the fu­ture, this dance club com­bines state of the art light­ing and sound with a retro aes­thetic rem­i­nis­cent of a ‘70s Cadil­lac. It fea­tures a Funk­tion One sound sys­tem, a cen­trally lo­cated sunken dance floor and two bars. The down­stairs sis­ter res­tau­rant, Berg­erac, of­fers pan-global in­spired pub food in a bo­hemian set­ting.­ 316 11th St., 415.481.0556. Map 2, I5

BAR­REL HEAD BREW­HOUSE  The first thing you’ll no­tice when you walk into this mod­ern brew­pub is a gi­ant tor­pedo be­hind the bar, which serves as the base of the bar tap. A must-visit for any beer afi­cionado, Bar­rel Head of­fers 30 ro­tat­ing mi­crobeers on tap, along with cock­tails and a full menu of high-end pub fare. The brew­house also of­fers a week­end brunch menu, fea­tur­ing sal­ads, Hog Is­land oys­ters, steak and eggs, and bot­tom­less mi­mosas.­rel­ 1785 Ful­ton St., 415.416.6989. Map 2, G5

BEN­JAMIN COOPER Lo­cated within Ho­tel G in Union Square, this in­ti­mate and con­tem­po­rary oys­ter bar with a vin­tage San Fran­cisco feel is for the se­ri­ous cock­tail afi­ciona­dos. www.ben­jam­in­coop­ 398 Geary St., 415.654.5061. Map 1, C6

BIER­GARTEN  Lo­cated in Hayes Val­ley, this tra­di­tional beer gar­den of­fers a va­ri­ety of Ger­man beers on tap and serves up lo­cally sourced food like sausages and salaten—all to be en­joyed al­fresco. www.bier­ 424 Oc­tavia St., 415.252.9289. Map 2, H4

BIMBO’S 365 CLUB  The at­mos­phere at this allpur­pose event space brings you back to the era of smok­ing lounges and big bands. Check the web site for per­for­mances from ma­jor rock and roll acts to com­edy to live jazz. www.bim­bos365­ 1025 Colum­bus Ave., 415.474.0365. Map 1, C3

BOUR­BON & BRANCH  This Ten­der­loin speakeasy of­fers strong Pro­hi­bi­tion-era cock­tails in a 1920s pri­vate club at­mos­phere. Im­bibe Cham­pagne or bour­bon-heavy li­ba­tions at the li­brary or book a booth in the main bar in the back. Check the web­site for reser­va­tions and read the rules be­fore you go. www.bour­bo­nand­ 501 Jones St., 415.346.1735. Map 2, J4

BURRITT ROOM  Named af­ter the Nob Hill al­ley off Bush Street that was the scene of the mur­der in “The Mal­tese Fal­con,” the Burritt Room at the Mys­tic Ho­tel brings well-crafted cock­tails to the Union Square neigh­bor­hood. Pull up a red vel­vet bar stool and watch as ex­pert mixol­o­gists shake and stir some of the best drinks around, like the Smoked Peach and Weis­sen Sour. www.bur­rit­ 417 Stock­ton St., in the Mys­tic Ho­tel, 415.400.0561. Map 1, D5

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