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School of Hard Nogs: 8 Boozy SF Eggnogs to Drink Now

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Like fruitcake, eggnog is one of those holiday traditions that, when poorly executed, can end up sitting in your stomach like a lump of coal. One solution is adding booze, an always-reliable way to cut through tons of sugar, but cheap rum isn't going to cut it (and might just make the situation worse). Fortunately, we've mapped eight bars which take pride in providing the frothy, flavorful, holiday-riffic eggnog of one's dreams, complete with interesting twists like a bourbon-cherry Heering nog that riffs on an old-fashioned and a nog that dumps the traditional rum for añejo tequila. Here now, our guide to the eight essential eggnogs of the SF mixology world.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Southpaw BBQ

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2170 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 934-9300
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Use the code word “Tugboat” to order Southpaw's off-menu 'nog ($11), made from scratch with George Dickel #12, Sailor Jerry rum, and Luxardo Amaretto and topped with a garnish of freshly-ground nutmeg.

2. Trick Dog

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3010 20th St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 471-2999
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Bar manager Morgan Schick is the brains behind the Trick Nog ($12), which marries traditional ‘nog to an old-fashioned by way of Wild Turkey bourbon, housemade brown-sugar syrup, and Cherry Heering.

3. Elixir

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3200 16th St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 552-1633
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Owner H. Joseph Ehrmann mixes up a fresh organic eggnog, then spikes it with a strong añejo tequila (Fortaleza, El Tesoro, and Siete Leguas are his go-tos) to create the Añogo ($10). The south-of-the-border twist on classic nog capitalizes on the warm flavors of barrel-aged spirits, with a kick of spice.

4. The Hideout at Dalva

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3121 16th St
San Francisco, CA
(415) 252-7740
Bartenders Ricky Paiva and David Curiel teamed up to concoct The Egg, Noggy Nog Nog ($10). While the combination of Campari and bourbon initially evoke a Boulevardier, the addition of maple and coffee bitters helps create a warm, seasonal taste.

5. Lolinda

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2518 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 550-6970
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Getting extra-boozy is a holiday tradition, and the Lolinda Eggnog ($7) will get you well on your way. Made with both aged and Jamaican rums, brandy and a pinch of nutmeg, it'll have you caroling all the way home.

6. Maven

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598 Haight St
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 829-7982
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Kate Bolton's Maven ‘Nog ($10) offers a beautiful balance of warmth and bite, thanks to its combo bourbon, rum, gomme syrup, malt, and vanilla. It's like Maven’s seasonal Milk Punch, but with a Santa hat on.

7. Bar 888

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888 Howard St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 616-6633
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Zaya rum anchors the Hard Nog ($12), a straightforward take on the traditional treat which gets its seasonal flavor from a generous pinch of nutmeg.

8. The Ice Cream Bar

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815 Cole St
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 742-4932
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Even an ice-cream joint has to warm up for the winter, which is why this soda fountain boasts a boozy Port Eggnog ($10), with Graham's 10-year tawny port, eggs, cream, turbinado syrup, and fresh nutmeg.

1. Southpaw BBQ

2170 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Use the code word “Tugboat” to order Southpaw's off-menu 'nog ($11), made from scratch with George Dickel #12, Sailor Jerry rum, and Luxardo Amaretto and topped with a garnish of freshly-ground nutmeg.
2170 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110

2. Trick Dog

3010 20th St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Bar manager Morgan Schick is the brains behind the Trick Nog ($12), which marries traditional ‘nog to an old-fashioned by way of Wild Turkey bourbon, housemade brown-sugar syrup, and Cherry Heering.
3010 20th St
San Francisco, CA 94110

3. Elixir

3200 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Owner H. Joseph Ehrmann mixes up a fresh organic eggnog, then spikes it with a strong añejo tequila (Fortaleza, El Tesoro, and Siete Leguas are his go-tos) to create the Añogo ($10). The south-of-the-border twist on classic nog capitalizes on the warm flavors of barrel-aged spirits, with a kick of spice.
3200 16th St
San Francisco, CA 94103

4. The Hideout at Dalva

3121 16th St, San Francisco, CA
Bartenders Ricky Paiva and David Curiel teamed up to concoct The Egg, Noggy Nog Nog ($10). While the combination of Campari and bourbon initially evoke a Boulevardier, the addition of maple and coffee bitters helps create a warm, seasonal taste.
3121 16th St
San Francisco, CA

5. Lolinda

2518 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Getting extra-boozy is a holiday tradition, and the Lolinda Eggnog ($7) will get you well on your way. Made with both aged and Jamaican rums, brandy and a pinch of nutmeg, it'll have you caroling all the way home.
2518 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110

6. Maven

598 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117
Kate Bolton's Maven ‘Nog ($10) offers a beautiful balance of warmth and bite, thanks to its combo bourbon, rum, gomme syrup, malt, and vanilla. It's like Maven’s seasonal Milk Punch, but with a Santa hat on.
598 Haight St
San Francisco, CA 94117

7. Bar 888

888 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Zaya rum anchors the Hard Nog ($12), a straightforward take on the traditional treat which gets its seasonal flavor from a generous pinch of nutmeg.
888 Howard St
San Francisco, CA 94103

8. The Ice Cream Bar

815 Cole St, San Francisco, CA 94117
Even an ice-cream joint has to warm up for the winter, which is why this soda fountain boasts a boozy Port Eggnog ($10), with Graham's 10-year tawny port, eggs, cream, turbinado syrup, and fresh nutmeg.
815 Cole St
San Francisco, CA 94117

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