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Patricia Chang

The Cocktail Heatmap: Where to Drink Cocktails in SF Right Now, Winter 2015

The latest and greatest in new bars and restaurant bar programs.

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Looking to try the hottest new cocktails in town? Look no further than the 13 new spots listed below, which are all doing inventive, fun, and delectable things with drinks. Whether you're looking for an aperitif before a delicious dinner or just want to while away an evening on a barstool, these newcomers are here to hook you up with the drink of your dreams.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.
3174 16th St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 400-4748
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This Mission newcomer from three cocktail-industry vets boasts a sizable menu organized by spirit, with recipes rooted in San Francisco and its history. We like the Lefty's Fizz, with mezcal, grapefruit, and dry curaçao, or the smoky, peaty pear flavors of the Whiskey in Church. Bonus: delicious bar snacks, all under $10, until 1 am.

2. Al's Place

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1499 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 416-6136
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At Aaron London's new restaurant, the cocktail menu from Locanda's Alex Phillips skews towards stirred cocktails using vermouth, sherries and amari (partially due to a beer-and-wine-only license). French and Italian wines, Belgian beers and housemade sodas round out the beverage selection.

3. Cockscomb

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564 4th St
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 974-0700
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Chris Cosentino's new, meat-focused restaurant features two bars (upstairs and downstairs), with a gin-heavy liquor selection, wine and Negronis on tap, and a dozen draft brews.

4. The Devil's Acre

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256 Columbus Ave
San Francisco, CA 94133
From the team behind Bourbon and Branch, this new North Beach bar is a retrospective of the bygone era when druggists offered restorative concoctions and elixirs alongside potent cocktails. Delve into a 22-page list of classic cocktails and non-alcoholic sodas and phosphates, in addition to vintage "remedies and elixirs."

5. Hapa Ramen

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2293 Mission St
San Francisco, CA
(415) 202-6333
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Expect a menu of fruity, Polynesian-influenced drinks with a touch of tiki, concocted by two Bourbon & Branch alums, at Richie Nakano's new brick-and-mortar location. There's a wide selection of whisk(e)y and Japanese spirits behind the bar, plus four draft beers, wine, and sake.

6. Hawker Fare

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680 valencia, san francisco, ca
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 800-9000
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Hawker Fare's shiny new Mission location features a menu of tiki-inspired drinks like a Singapore Sling, as well as original creations like the Pop Skull (two kinds of rum, guava nectar, cream of coconut, lime cordial, grapefruit) and a rotating frozen cocktail from a slushie machine. Bottle service is also available, with the option of a whole bottle of Thai whiskey, rum, or Johnnie Walker black, served with seltzer and ice for group-wide highballs, Thai-style. As if that wasn't enough, there's a secret cocktail bar upstairs, The Holy Mountain, with a separate rotating drink menu (currently, it's Carnivale and Mardi Gras-inspired).

7. Liholiho Yacht Club

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871 Sutter St
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 440-5446
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Nopa's Yanni Kehagiaris is behind the drinks at that restaurant's new Hawaiian-influenced spinoff, which features concoctions like the Surfer Rosa, with mezcal and hibiscus, and the Bluth cocktail, with banana liqueur. Nopa's Lulu McAllister is behind the thoughtful wine program, and there are also large selections of sake, craft beer, and Japanese whisky.

8. Mourad

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140 New Montgomery St
San Francisco, CA 94105
Mourad Lahlou's sleek new downtown restaurant features a refreshing craft cocktail list and a curated selection of wines from master sommelier Alan Murray, available as pairings or a la carte. Cocktails like the Caligula's Kiss combine rum, cherry liqueur and lime, for a refreshing counterpoint to Lahlou's California-Moroccan cuisine.

9. Stookey's Club Moderne

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895 Bush St
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 771-9695
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This post-Prohibition themed bar is fully committed to their concept, with 1930's music, decor and drinks. Classics like the Negroni, Vieux Carre and Aviation are the focus at this swanky oasis on the corner of Bush and Taylor.

10. The Double Standard

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2424 Telegraph Ave.
Oakland, CA
(510) 879-7601
The new Uptown Oakland spot from Ali Tahsini (Bourbon and Branch) features a huge patio outside, with a cozy interior full of dark wood. Concoctions include a namesake drink with Old Tom gin, rye, lime, and raspberry, and a clarified-grapefruit Paloma. There are also 10 craft brews, cocktails and wine on tap, and some $7 shot-and-beer combos.

11. The Progress

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1525 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 673-1294
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While snagging a reservation at the new restaurant from State Bird Provisions' Stuart Brioza & Nicole Krasinski is nigh impossible (especially after their recent James Beard nomination for Best New Restaurant), you can still get a taste of the magic at the bar. Fun and slightly eccentric cocktails like a Negroni with umeboshi vermouth or a popcorn-infused rum and cherry cola "Concession" lead the way, followed by a huge and compelling selection of European and Californian wines from GM/wine director Jason Alexander.

12. Tigerlily Berkeley

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1513 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA 94709
(510) 540-7900
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Berkeley newcomer Tigerlily boasts a "garden-inspired" craft cocktail menu to accompany their eccentric menu of Indian and Californian flavors. Also expect a selection of organic and biodynamic wines from small producers.

13. Boxing Room

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399 Grove St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 430-6590
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Though it's been around for a few years, Boxing Room just got full liquor, which means lots of New Orleans-inspired cocktails from Jonny Raglin, including a milk punch, frozen daiquiri, Pimm's cup, and gin fizz. Their huge beer selection remains in play as well.

1. ABV

3174 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103
This Mission newcomer from three cocktail-industry vets boasts a sizable menu organized by spirit, with recipes rooted in San Francisco and its history. We like the Lefty's Fizz, with mezcal, grapefruit, and dry curaçao, or the smoky, peaty pear flavors of the Whiskey in Church. Bonus: delicious bar snacks, all under $10, until 1 am.
3174 16th St
San Francisco, CA 94103

2. Al's Place

1499 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110
At Aaron London's new restaurant, the cocktail menu from Locanda's Alex Phillips skews towards stirred cocktails using vermouth, sherries and amari (partially due to a beer-and-wine-only license). French and Italian wines, Belgian beers and housemade sodas round out the beverage selection.
1499 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110

3. Cockscomb

564 4th St, San Francisco, CA 94107
Chris Cosentino's new, meat-focused restaurant features two bars (upstairs and downstairs), with a gin-heavy liquor selection, wine and Negronis on tap, and a dozen draft brews.
564 4th St
San Francisco, CA 94107

4. The Devil's Acre

256 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133
From the team behind Bourbon and Branch, this new North Beach bar is a retrospective of the bygone era when druggists offered restorative concoctions and elixirs alongside potent cocktails. Delve into a 22-page list of classic cocktails and non-alcoholic sodas and phosphates, in addition to vintage "remedies and elixirs."
256 Columbus Ave
San Francisco, CA 94133

5. Hapa Ramen

2293 Mission St, San Francisco, CA
Expect a menu of fruity, Polynesian-influenced drinks with a touch of tiki, concocted by two Bourbon & Branch alums, at Richie Nakano's new brick-and-mortar location. There's a wide selection of whisk(e)y and Japanese spirits behind the bar, plus four draft beers, wine, and sake.
2293 Mission St
San Francisco, CA

6. Hawker Fare

680 valencia, san francisco, ca, San Francisco, CA 94110
Hawker Fare's shiny new Mission location features a menu of tiki-inspired drinks like a Singapore Sling, as well as original creations like the Pop Skull (two kinds of rum, guava nectar, cream of coconut, lime cordial, grapefruit) and a rotating frozen cocktail from a slushie machine. Bottle service is also available, with the option of a whole bottle of Thai whiskey, rum, or Johnnie Walker black, served with seltzer and ice for group-wide highballs, Thai-style. As if that wasn't enough, there's a secret cocktail bar upstairs, The Holy Mountain, with a separate rotating drink menu (currently, it's Carnivale and Mardi Gras-inspired).
680 valencia, san francisco, ca
San Francisco, CA 94110

7. Liholiho Yacht Club

871 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94109
Nopa's Yanni Kehagiaris is behind the drinks at that restaurant's new Hawaiian-influenced spinoff, which features concoctions like the Surfer Rosa, with mezcal and hibiscus, and the Bluth cocktail, with banana liqueur. Nopa's Lulu McAllister is behind the thoughtful wine program, and there are also large selections of sake, craft beer, and Japanese whisky.
871 Sutter St
San Francisco, CA 94109

8. Mourad

140 New Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94105
Mourad Lahlou's sleek new downtown restaurant features a refreshing craft cocktail list and a curated selection of wines from master sommelier Alan Murray, available as pairings or a la carte. Cocktails like the Caligula's Kiss combine rum, cherry liqueur and lime, for a refreshing counterpoint to Lahlou's California-Moroccan cuisine.
140 New Montgomery St
San Francisco, CA 94105

9. Stookey's Club Moderne

895 Bush St, San Francisco, CA 94108
This post-Prohibition themed bar is fully committed to their concept, with 1930's music, decor and drinks. Classics like the Negroni, Vieux Carre and Aviation are the focus at this swanky oasis on the corner of Bush and Taylor.
895 Bush St
San Francisco, CA 94108

10. The Double Standard

2424 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, CA
The new Uptown Oakland spot from Ali Tahsini (Bourbon and Branch) features a huge patio outside, with a cozy interior full of dark wood. Concoctions include a namesake drink with Old Tom gin, rye, lime, and raspberry, and a clarified-grapefruit Paloma. There are also 10 craft brews, cocktails and wine on tap, and some $7 shot-and-beer combos.
2424 Telegraph Ave.
Oakland, CA

11. The Progress

1525 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94115
While snagging a reservation at the new restaurant from State Bird Provisions' Stuart Brioza & Nicole Krasinski is nigh impossible (especially after their recent James Beard nomination for Best New Restaurant), you can still get a taste of the magic at the bar. Fun and slightly eccentric cocktails like a Negroni with umeboshi vermouth or a popcorn-infused rum and cherry cola "Concession" lead the way, followed by a huge and compelling selection of European and Californian wines from GM/wine director Jason Alexander.
1525 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94115

12. Tigerlily Berkeley

1513 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709
Berkeley newcomer Tigerlily boasts a "garden-inspired" craft cocktail menu to accompany their eccentric menu of Indian and Californian flavors. Also expect a selection of organic and biodynamic wines from small producers.
1513 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA 94709

13. Boxing Room

399 Grove St, San Francisco, CA 94102
Though it's been around for a few years, Boxing Room just got full liquor, which means lots of New Orleans-inspired cocktails from Jonny Raglin, including a milk punch, frozen daiquiri, Pimm's cup, and gin fizz. Their huge beer selection remains in play as well.
399 Grove St
San Francisco, CA 94102

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