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The tasting room at the new Bar Agricole.
Patricia Chang

The Hottest New Cocktail Bars in San Francisco

Where to sip the freshest cocktails in the bay

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The tasting room at the new Bar Agricole.
| Patricia Chang

Welcome to the cocktail heatmap, where drinkers can expect inventive takes on classic cocktails, unique spirits, garden-inspired ingredients, and all the latest in beverage trends. The pandemic interrupted and complicated many new openings, but bars are back, and if there’s one thing San Franciscans require with all this new variant news, it’s a damn good drink.

Some of these spots are also restaurants, but if they have a roomy bar and cocktails of high caliber, they can make the cut. If you’re looking for something a little more established, check out this list of the city’s essential cocktail bars, to which these places might someday graduate. Want to know the city’s hottest restaurants? Head to the aptly named restaurant heatmap.

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Maybeck's

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Maybeck’s returned to the Marina in June, now boosted by the talents of wife-and-husband duo Lori Baker and Jeffrey Banker (Baker & Banker). Of course, that means the food and desserts are worth your while, but the bar remains a great place to order a classic cocktail and a solid burger. The cocktail list includes options like the Summer Sour, a mezcal-based concoction that spins through summer strawberry flavors with a touch of cinnamon.

The bar at Maybeck’s with a copper top and turquoise walls. Photography by Marc Fiorito/Gamma Nine Photography

For The Record

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The Marina’s new retro cocktail destination grooved into the neighborhood with wood paneled walls, glittering disco balls, and a menu of drinks inspired by songs from the late 1960s through the mid ‘80s. Former Liholiho Yacht Club and Good Good Culture Club bar director Janice Bailon channeled the free wheeling energy of Marlena Shaw’s California Soul into a layered drink made with vodka, Lillet Blanc, honey, bubbles, and Campari. Food comes from chef Frank Hua (Unco Frank’s) with options like smoked trout roe-topped deviled eggs and fish sliders.  

The long, narrow space housing For The Record with high top tables on the left and a bar on the right. Patricia Chang

Solaire Terrasse featuring Veuve Clicquot at the Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco

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As of July 28, the Solaire Terrasse featuring Veuve Clicquot has arrived at the Ritz-Carlton, an oasis for anyone looking to sip Champagne and enjoy fresh seafood in the warm summer air. Now through September 30, the terrace is open for reservations; guests can order Champagne by the glass or bottle, as well as spritzes featuring Veuve Clicquot Rich and herbs from the hotel’s garden. Pair it with an uber-luxurious seafood tower for two ($160) or a scoop of gelato while you take in views of the city.

Key Klub

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The team behind Bodega in North Beach has taken the natural wine party to Lower Nob Hill with the brick-walled Key Klub, which celebrated its grand opening in December. There’s a deep wine list with some 25 options by the glass, plus a selection of beers that’s focused on tapping only the freshest of kegs. 

A red neon sign reading “Key Klub” on a brick wall. Key Klub

Pacific Cocktail Haven

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As of March 16, Pacific Cocktail Haven is back. The bar has migrated just a fews doors down from its original location, which was lost to a fire in 2021. Bartender and owner Kevin Diedrich, known for infusing ingredients like shiso, calamansi, and pandan into his cocktails, has brought back some of the bar’s original drinks including the Thrilla in Manila made with Evan Williams bourbon, shiso, calamansi, coconut, absinthe, and li-hing mui.

Pie Punks

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Come to Pie Punks for the crispy-edged Detroit-style pies, but stay for the menu of tiki cocktails including a frosty Hennessy-based pina colada served with a giant slice of fresh pineapple and the Zombie Punk Drink, blending light and dark rums with 151 and absinthe. If you’re aiming to stay away from the hard stuff during a working lunch, there’s also a list of natural wines available by the bottle or glass.

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Members Only

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Members Only is the new bi-level bar and restaurant taking over the former Saratoga spot, but with a fun bonus: a sister bar called Finders Keepers located in the basement, with its own distinct drink menu. Finders Keepers found inspiration from Haight’s now-closed Loved to Death, so expect some fun quirk alongside your cocktail.

A red cocktail garnished with a red flower on a marble table. Kelly Puleio

Bottle Club Pub

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The latest venture from the Future Bars team rolled into the former Olympic Cafe space on Geary in mid-March. Bottle Club Pub is a throwback to the heyday of American whiskey, with a world-class collection of vintage ceramic decanters and a one-of-a-kind backbar made so rotating shelves showcase an impressive selection of brown spirits. Enjoy one of general manager Jayson Wilde’s cocktails — categorized as either “reviving and refreshing” or “bold will hold” — along with a plate of fish and chips, smashburger, or wedge salad. 

General manager Jayson Wilde makes a cocktail in a short glass.

Kaiyo Rooftop

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Ascend to the roof of the Hyatt Place hotel in SoMa for Nikkei cocktails and stunning views that stretch from downtown San Francisco all the way to Alameda. Kaiyo Rooftop brings vacation vibes to the neighborhood around Oracle Park with a cocktail list that includes umbrella-topped, tiki-like concoctions and a food menu that marries vibrant Peruvian flavors with Japanese culinary techniques. 

A cocktail garnished with mint leaves and lime. Kaiyo Rooftop

The Madrigal

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The Madrigal shimmered open in early December, debuting a new cocktail bar for symphony and opera goers. It’s the latest project from the Hi Neighbor group (the Vault, Trestle, Mama), replacing their own former restaurant Corridor. There are still sweeping windows at the front and a mezzanine up above, but there’s also now a walnut bar, serving cocktails, steak tartare, and duck smashburgers.

Steak tartare and a cocktail Joseph Weaver

Bar Agricole

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After more than two and a half years away, owner Thad Vogler’s James Beard Award-winning Bar Agricole resumed shaking and stirring single-origin spirits into refined cocktails on August 3. The bar returns in a new SoMa space wrapped in warm woods and painted cool blue-and-grey tones. In addition to a menu of cocktails starring thoughtfully sourced spirits, chefs Will Napoli and Nick Balla offer seasonal and ingredient-driven plates like tomatoes with yellow wax beans and grilled chicken in a green olive salsa.

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Dahlia SF

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The Mission has a new cocktail bar to explore and Dahlia Lounge comes courtesy of a motley crew of industry veterans including Paul Volfovski (Copyright, Trademark) and Kingston Wu (Westwood, Thriller Social Club). Volfovski hopes to make the dark and moody bar, decked out with cheeky neon signs and other highly Instagrammable decor, a neighborhood destination for solid cocktails, happy hour, and live music.

A cocktail in a blue tiki glass on a table next to a menu. Paul Volfovski

Bar Nonnina

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Bar Nonnina is a new addition to the Fiorella Sunset location, a small bar on the rooftop patio of the restaurant, hidden behind a sliding pocket door. Expect a fun drink menu featuring items such as the Slushie di Modena, a lambrusco slushy, or Galileo’s Gaze, the bar’s take on a white negroni with strawberry-infused gin, as well as an abbreviated food menu if you need a bite. The space is tiny — it’s standing room only, and hits capacity at 14 guests — so reservations are suggested.

A small marble bar in a dark room with a black ceiling. Kelly Puleio

After drinking hard for a couple of decades and going dark for a couple of years, Dalva reopened at the beginning of January, with a whole new look for the storied Mission bar. Longtime owner Erik Reichborn-Kjennerud (Dalva, ABV) and new partner Eric Ochoa (Elda) added warmth and style while preserving the Art Deco bar back, along with other details. The new drinks list includes all new cocktails, lots of agave spirits, craft beer, natural wine, and vermouth on tap, as well as snacks from chef friends (think spicy peanuts from Mister Jiu’s).

The Sage & Drifter

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A trio of industry veterans including Seth Murray, Will Konevich, and Kevin Behrens have flipped the Corner Spot, a bar on Irving Street in the Sunset, into the Sage & Drifter. Coming with experience at top San Francisco bars including ABV, Dalva, and Hockey Haven, the team hopes to make the watering hole a true neighborhood haunt with everything from $3 Tecate to respectable craft cocktails. 

Two craft cocktails from Inner Sunset’s The Sage & Drifter. The Sage & Drifter

Lobby Bar

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Though it’s not actually accessible from the adjacent Hotel Castro, Lobby Bar continues the long legacy of great bars located underneath great hotels. This swanky lounge, decked out in a peacock-inspired color palette, comes from business partners Jesse Woodward (Hi Tops) and Blake Seely and offers a lengthy list of drinks that riff on classics — for example, the Lobby Bird is a play on a Jungle Bird made with rum, amaro, falernum, pineapple, lime, and cinnamon. Bringing big dinner party energy to the room, the menu includes all finger foods, from Scotch quail eggs to a turkey burger. 

The front room at Lobby Bar with turquoise walls and benches and low, round tables. Lobby Bar

Buddy is a friendly new neighborhood bar that opened in the Mission in November. It’s from a crew of industry veterans Alvaro Rojas (Elda), Nicolas Torres (True Laurel), Nora Furst (Uma Casa), and Claire Sprouse (Hunky Dory in Brooklyn), and the cocktails are expertly crafted, featuring wine, vermouth, and sherry. Plus, the natural wine list is popping off with bubbles, pinks, and oranges. Chef Sean Thomas (Blue Plate) also debuted a fun menu, starring a serious-looking fried mortadella “sammy.”  

A cocktail next to a turntable Albert Law

Maybeck's

The bar at Maybeck’s with a copper top and turquoise walls. Photography by Marc Fiorito/Gamma Nine Photography

Maybeck’s returned to the Marina in June, now boosted by the talents of wife-and-husband duo Lori Baker and Jeffrey Banker (Baker & Banker). Of course, that means the food and desserts are worth your while, but the bar remains a great place to order a classic cocktail and a solid burger. The cocktail list includes options like the Summer Sour, a mezcal-based concoction that spins through summer strawberry flavors with a touch of cinnamon.

The bar at Maybeck’s with a copper top and turquoise walls. Photography by Marc Fiorito/Gamma Nine Photography

For The Record

The long, narrow space housing For The Record with high top tables on the left and a bar on the right. Patricia Chang

The Marina’s new retro cocktail destination grooved into the neighborhood with wood paneled walls, glittering disco balls, and a menu of drinks inspired by songs from the late 1960s through the mid ‘80s. Former Liholiho Yacht Club and Good Good Culture Club bar director Janice Bailon channeled the free wheeling energy of Marlena Shaw’s California Soul into a layered drink made with vodka, Lillet Blanc, honey, bubbles, and Campari. Food comes from chef Frank Hua (Unco Frank’s) with options like smoked trout roe-topped deviled eggs and fish sliders.  

The long, narrow space housing For The Record with high top tables on the left and a bar on the right. Patricia Chang

Solaire Terrasse featuring Veuve Clicquot at the Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco

As of July 28, the Solaire Terrasse featuring Veuve Clicquot has arrived at the Ritz-Carlton, an oasis for anyone looking to sip Champagne and enjoy fresh seafood in the warm summer air. Now through September 30, the terrace is open for reservations; guests can order Champagne by the glass or bottle, as well as spritzes featuring Veuve Clicquot Rich and herbs from the hotel’s garden. Pair it with an uber-luxurious seafood tower for two ($160) or a scoop of gelato while you take in views of the city.

Key Klub

A red neon sign reading “Key Klub” on a brick wall. Key Klub

The team behind Bodega in North Beach has taken the natural wine party to Lower Nob Hill with the brick-walled Key Klub, which celebrated its grand opening in December. There’s a deep wine list with some 25 options by the glass, plus a selection of beers that’s focused on tapping only the freshest of kegs. 

A red neon sign reading “Key Klub” on a brick wall. Key Klub

Pacific Cocktail Haven

As of March 16, Pacific Cocktail Haven is back. The bar has migrated just a fews doors down from its original location, which was lost to a fire in 2021. Bartender and owner Kevin Diedrich, known for infusing ingredients like shiso, calamansi, and pandan into his cocktails, has brought back some of the bar’s original drinks including the Thrilla in Manila made with Evan Williams bourbon, shiso, calamansi, coconut, absinthe, and li-hing mui.

Pie Punks

Lauren Saria

Come to Pie Punks for the crispy-edged Detroit-style pies, but stay for the menu of tiki cocktails including a frosty Hennessy-based pina colada served with a giant slice of fresh pineapple and the Zombie Punk Drink, blending light and dark rums with 151 and absinthe. If you’re aiming to stay away from the hard stuff during a working lunch, there’s also a list of natural wines available by the bottle or glass.

Lauren Saria

Members Only

A red cocktail garnished with a red flower on a marble table. Kelly Puleio

Members Only is the new bi-level bar and restaurant taking over the former Saratoga spot, but with a fun bonus: a sister bar called Finders Keepers located in the basement, with its own distinct drink menu. Finders Keepers found inspiration from Haight’s now-closed Loved to Death, so expect some fun quirk alongside your cocktail.

A red cocktail garnished with a red flower on a marble table. Kelly Puleio

Bottle Club Pub

General manager Jayson Wilde makes a cocktail in a short glass.

The latest venture from the Future Bars team rolled into the former Olympic Cafe space on Geary in mid-March. Bottle Club Pub is a throwback to the heyday of American whiskey, with a world-class collection of vintage ceramic decanters and a one-of-a-kind backbar made so rotating shelves showcase an impressive selection of brown spirits. Enjoy one of general manager Jayson Wilde’s cocktails — categorized as either “reviving and refreshing” or “bold will hold” — along with a plate of fish and chips, smashburger, or wedge salad. 

General manager Jayson Wilde makes a cocktail in a short glass.

Kaiyo Rooftop

A cocktail garnished with mint leaves and lime. Kaiyo Rooftop

Ascend to the roof of the Hyatt Place hotel in SoMa for Nikkei cocktails and stunning views that stretch from downtown San Francisco all the way to Alameda. Kaiyo Rooftop brings vacation vibes to the neighborhood around Oracle Park with a cocktail list that includes umbrella-topped, tiki-like concoctions and a food menu that marries vibrant Peruvian flavors with Japanese culinary techniques. 

A cocktail garnished with mint leaves and lime. Kaiyo Rooftop

The Madrigal

Steak tartare and a cocktail Joseph Weaver

The Madrigal shimmered open in early December, debuting a new cocktail bar for symphony and opera goers. It’s the latest project from the Hi Neighbor group (the Vault, Trestle, Mama), replacing their own former restaurant Corridor. There are still sweeping windows at the front and a mezzanine up above, but there’s also now a walnut bar, serving cocktails, steak tartare, and duck smashburgers.

Steak tartare and a cocktail Joseph Weaver

Bar Agricole

Patricia Chang

After more than two and a half years away, owner Thad Vogler’s James Beard Award-winning Bar Agricole resumed shaking and stirring single-origin spirits into refined cocktails on August 3. The bar returns in a new SoMa space wrapped in warm woods and painted cool blue-and-grey tones. In addition to a menu of cocktails starring thoughtfully sourced spirits, chefs Will Napoli and Nick Balla offer seasonal and ingredient-driven plates like tomatoes with yellow wax beans and grilled chicken in a green olive salsa.

Patricia Chang

Dahlia SF

A cocktail in a blue tiki glass on a table next to a menu. Paul Volfovski

The Mission has a new cocktail bar to explore and Dahlia Lounge comes courtesy of a motley crew of industry veterans including Paul Volfovski (Copyright, Trademark) and Kingston Wu (Westwood, Thriller Social Club). Volfovski hopes to make the dark and moody bar, decked out with cheeky neon signs and other highly Instagrammable decor, a neighborhood destination for solid cocktails, happy hour, and live music.

A cocktail in a blue tiki glass on a table next to a menu. Paul Volfovski

Bar Nonnina

A small marble bar in a dark room with a black ceiling. Kelly Puleio

Bar Nonnina is a new addition to the Fiorella Sunset location, a small bar on the rooftop patio of the restaurant, hidden behind a sliding pocket door. Expect a fun drink menu featuring items such as the Slushie di Modena, a lambrusco slushy, or Galileo’s Gaze, the bar’s take on a white negroni with strawberry-infused gin, as well as an abbreviated food menu if you need a bite. The space is tiny — it’s standing room only, and hits capacity at 14 guests — so reservations are suggested.

A small marble bar in a dark room with a black ceiling. Kelly Puleio

Dalva

After drinking hard for a couple of decades and going dark for a couple of years, Dalva reopened at the beginning of January, with a whole new look for the storied Mission bar. Longtime owner Erik Reichborn-Kjennerud (Dalva, ABV) and new partner Eric Ochoa (Elda) added warmth and style while preserving the Art Deco bar back, along with other details. The new drinks list includes all new cocktails, lots of agave spirits, craft beer, natural wine, and vermouth on tap, as well as snacks from chef friends (think spicy peanuts from Mister Jiu’s).