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The Hottest New Cocktail Bars in San Francisco

Where to sip the freshest cocktails in the bay

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Welcome back 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.

Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; it may pose a risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial COVID transmission.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. For The Record

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2120 Greenwich St
San Francisco, CA 94123

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

2. Colibri Mexican Bistro

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50 Moraga Ave
San Francisco, CA 94129
(415) 678-5170

After a long pandemic hiatus, Union Square Mexican restaurant Colibri has relocated to a new space: this time in the historic Presidio Officers Club. Much of the food menu remains the same as ever, but the cocktail selection is coming back stronger than before with options like a smoked Gruñon drink, which floats on wisps of smoke unfurling from a glass-encased box. The drink menu is, understandably, tequila and mezcal-centric, meant to be enjoyed alongside luscious moles and fresh tortillas. 

Colibri Josh Sanchez, The SVL Agency

3. Boulevard

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1 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 543-6084
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Boulevard’s marvelous Belle Epoque dining room, with its winding tulip lamps and rich jewel tones, has regained some of its lost luster. Acclaimed designer Ken Fulk recently did a glam refresh, and some of the best blue velvet seats in the house are now at the expanded bar and lounge. Cocktails are courtesy of industry veteran Greg Lindgren (Rye, 15 Romolo), and include a Boulevardier with bourbon, Campari, and carpano classico, alongside refined bar snacks.

Boulevardier at Boulevard Patricia Chang

4. Key Klub

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850 Bush St
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 494-9425
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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

5. Pacific Cocktail Haven

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550 Sutter St
San Francisco, CA 94108

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.

6. Bottle Club Pub

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555 Geary St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 423-2582
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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.

7. Lost Marbles

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823 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 592-8169
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In the wilds of the Inner Richmond, this new beer-focused spot is filled with nautical wood and strewn with sea creatures, some wearing suits and evening gowns. Lost Marbles is a brewpub, serving local craft beer, with plans to brew its own on site. But it’s also boasting a Spice Girls-themed cocktail menu, as well as a menu of burgers, wings, candied bacon, and “tubs and tentacles” calamari, of course.

Octopus wall mural and high tables Lost Marbles

8. La Bande at SF Proper Hotel

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1100 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 735-7777
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La Bande, that gorgeous green triangular space at the tip of the Proper Hotel, reopened as a gin-soaked tapas bar in September. Pull up a barstool for grilled squid, tomato toast, and gin and tonics.

Tapas plates and cocktails at La Bande La Bande

9. Kaiyo Rooftop

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701 3rd St
San Francisco, CA 94107

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

10. The Madrigal

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100 Van Ness Ave
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 796-2531
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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 smash burgers.

Steak tartare and a cocktail Joseph Weaver

11. Copas

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2223 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94114

The chief of staff for the Saison group opened a passion project at the end of September. Copas is a new all-day cafe in the Castro, now serving cappuccinos and avocado toast in the morning and sparkling copas cocktails and grilled octopus at night.

Two pink cocktails garnished with watermelon Liz Barclay/Copas

12. Dalva

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3121 16th St
San Francisco, CA 94110

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).

13. The Sage & Drifter

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1368 Irving St
San Francisco, CA 94122
(415) 592-9488
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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

14. Lobby Bar

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4230 18th St Unit A
San Francisco, CA 94114

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 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

15. Buddy

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3115 22nd St
San Francisco, CA 94110

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

16. Birch & Rye

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1320 Castro St
San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 796-2265
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Chef Anya El-Wattar’s Noe Valley restaurant is primarily a destination for modern Russian cuisine, but the Birch & Rye team didn’t stop with elegant food; there’s also a selection of house-infused vodkas to be enjoyed by the shot or carafe, or you can dive into the cocktail list for something more complex. Every drink is built on an infused vodka base.

17. MOTHERSHIP

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3152 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110

Mothership has finally landed on upper Mission. A trio of industry local bartenders took over the former Virgil’s Sea Room space and transformed it into a funkadelic bar, which quietly opened in October. The patio is currently open for outdoor drinking, serving affordable cocktails and pitchers of margaritas — check the calendar for DJs and upcoming events.

Joanna Ricco, Alicia Griffiths, and Sean Mabry of Mothership Mothership

1. For The Record

2120 Greenwich St, San Francisco, CA 94123
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.  

2120 Greenwich St
San Francisco, CA 94123

2. Colibri Mexican Bistro

50 Moraga Ave, San Francisco, CA 94129
Colibri Josh Sanchez, The SVL Agency

After a long pandemic hiatus, Union Square Mexican restaurant Colibri has relocated to a new space: this time in the historic Presidio Officers Club. Much of the food menu remains the same as ever, but the cocktail selection is coming back stronger than before with options like a smoked Gruñon drink, which floats on wisps of smoke unfurling from a glass-encased box. The drink menu is, understandably, tequila and mezcal-centric, meant to be enjoyed alongside luscious moles and fresh tortillas. 

50 Moraga Ave
San Francisco, CA 94129

3. Boulevard

1 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94105
Boulevardier at Boulevard Patricia Chang

Boulevard’s marvelous Belle Epoque dining room, with its winding tulip lamps and rich jewel tones, has regained some of its lost luster. Acclaimed designer Ken Fulk recently did a glam refresh, and some of the best blue velvet seats in the house are now at the expanded bar and lounge. Cocktails are courtesy of industry veteran Greg Lindgren (Rye, 15 Romolo), and include a Boulevardier with bourbon, Campari, and carpano classico, alongside refined bar snacks.

1 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94105

4. Key Klub

850 Bush St, San Francisco, CA 94108
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. 

850 Bush St
San Francisco, CA 94108

5. Pacific Cocktail Haven

550 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94108

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.

550 Sutter St
San Francisco, CA 94108

6. Bottle Club Pub

555 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94102
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. 

555 Geary St
San Francisco, CA 94102

7. Lost Marbles

823 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118
Octopus wall mural and high tables Lost Marbles

In the wilds of the Inner Richmond, this new beer-focused spot is filled with nautical wood and strewn with sea creatures, some wearing suits and evening gowns. Lost Marbles is a brewpub, serving local craft beer, with plans to brew its own on site. But it’s also boasting a Spice Girls-themed cocktail menu, as well as a menu of burgers, wings, candied bacon, and “tubs and tentacles” calamari, of course.

823 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94118

8. La Bande at SF Proper Hotel

1100 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94102
Tapas plates and cocktails at La Bande La Bande

La Bande, that gorgeous green triangular space at the tip of the Proper Hotel, reopened as a gin-soaked tapas bar in September. Pull up a barstool for grilled squid, tomato toast, and gin and tonics.

1100 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94102

9. Kaiyo Rooftop

701 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94107
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. 

701 3rd St
San Francisco, CA 94107

10. The Madrigal

100 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102
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 smash burgers.

100 Van Ness Ave
San Francisco, CA 94102

11. Copas

2223 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94114
Two pink cocktails garnished with watermelon Liz Barclay/Copas

The chief of staff for the Saison group opened a passion project at the end of September. Copas is a new all-day cafe in the Castro, now serving cappuccinos and avocado toast in the morning and sparkling copas cocktails and grilled octopus at night.

2223 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94114

12. Dalva

3121 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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).

3121 16th St
San Francisco, CA 94110

13. The Sage & Drifter

1368 Irving St, San Francisco, CA 94122
Two craft cocktails from Inner Sunset’s The Sage & Drifter. The Sage & Drifter

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. 

1368 Irving St
San Francisco, CA 94122

14. Lobby Bar

4230 18th St Unit A, San Francisco, CA 94114
The front room at Lobby Bar with turquoise walls and benches and low, round tables. Lobby Bar

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 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. 

4230 18th St Unit A
San Francisco, CA 94114

15. Buddy

3115 22nd St, San Francisco, CA 94110
A cocktail next to a turntable Albert Law

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.”  

3115 22nd St
San Francisco, CA 94110

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16. Birch & Rye

1320 Castro St, San Francisco, CA 94114

Chef Anya El-Wattar’s Noe Valley restaurant is primarily a destination for modern Russian cuisine, but the Birch & Rye team didn’t stop with elegant food; there’s also a selection of house-infused vodkas to be enjoyed by the shot or carafe, or you can dive into the cocktail list for something more complex. Every drink is built on an infused vodka base.

1320 Castro St
San Francisco, CA 94114

17. MOTHERSHIP

3152 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Joanna Ricco, Alicia Griffiths, and Sean Mabry of Mothership Mothership

Mothership has finally landed on upper Mission. A trio of industry local bartenders took over the former Virgil’s Sea Room space and transformed it into a funkadelic bar, which quietly opened in October. The patio is currently open for outdoor drinking, serving affordable cocktails and pitchers of margaritas — check the calendar for DJs and upcoming events.

3152 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110

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