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Where To Find The Finest Drinks in San Francisco
Sure, you’re comfy in your neighborhood bar (okay, okay, it’s the corner dive bar that you go to because the happy hour is good and the bartender knows you well enough to make ‘em strong) but sometimes you want to doll yourself up and do something nicer. Or you’ve got someone that you want to impress and those $2 beers are not the way to go. San Francisco is a city that knows how to clean up and you can get snazzy with it if you that’s what your heart desires. Cocktails, whiskey and wine … let us tell you where to find the finest drinks.
1. Club Deluxe, 1511 Haight St. (@ Ashbury St.) The Haight 415.552.6949
Don’t get fresh with me. This place has swank that pre-dates the hippie era that the Haight is known for but also has a laidback attitude that lets you be casual within its comfy walls. That casual swank is the best spot for getting the finest girly drinks in the city, made with fresh fruit juice and garnished with fresh mint. Yum.
2. Bubble Lounge, 714 Montgomery St. (@ Jackson St.) North Beach 415.434.4204
North Beach has a really great hot spot for fine drinks. Well, very specific fine drinks. Champagne to be precise. If you’re going for the fine stuff because you have something to celebrate (or really have something to make up to someone) you probably want the bubbly. Bubble Lounge is the best place to find and enjoy it in San Francisco.
3. Nihon Whiskey Lounge, 1779 Folsom St. (@ 14th St.) The Mission 415.552.4400
Okay, but not everyone wants to order girly drinks when they’re doing the fine drinking thing. If you’re seeking some single malts, Nihon Whiskey Lounge is your safest bet. Japanese dining supplements your style while you enjoy these fine drinks.
4. The Hidden Vine, 620 Post St. (@ Taylor), Tenderloin, 415.674.3567
There are several great wine bars in the city but one that will surprise you is located in The Tenderloin. It’s called the Hidden Vine and it’s a small, dim, romantic spot for drinking wine and eating cheese. It’s fine drinking in a neighborhood not known for being the finest and something about that makes it perfect.
5. Sugar Café, 679 Sutter St. (@ Taylor), Union Square, 415.441.5678
One of my favorite spots in the city for fine drinks is actually just up the street from The Hidden Vine. It’s called Sugar Café and it’s this great combination of a cocktail lounge and a coffee bar. The fireplace is a nice added touch. My favorite drink, called The Pop Rocks, isn’t on the menu anymore unfortunately but they have other top fine cocktails that are worth trying out.
6. Bourbon & Branch, 501 Jones St. (@ Geary), Tenderloin, 415.931.7292
I haven’t yet been to this trendy and popular spot but I’ve heard great things about it. It’s described as a swanky speakeasy and has fine cocktails that live up to that such as the oh-so-popular Cucumber Gimlet. They also have fine scotch, top notch tequila and a leading Canadian whiskey.