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Where to Drink Cocktails in SF Right Now, Summer 2014

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It's mid-summer, and with the weather report offering only gray skies and wind, there's no better time to stay indoors and drink. With scores of new restaurants and bars around town, it's high time for a seasonal update to the Eater Cocktail Heatmap. From notable new bars with a strong cocktail emphasis to recent restaurant openings that highlight the best in booze, here are the spots to search out a delectable summer drink. Have your own ideas? Give us your proposed additions and subtractions in the comments, or send an e-mail our way.

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3174 16th St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 400-4748
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This Mission newcomer from cocktail industry vets Ryan Fitzgerald, Erik Reichborn-Kjennerud, and Todd Smith boasts a 16-drink menu organized by spirit, with recipes rooted in San Francisco and its history.

2. The Interval at Long Now

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2 Fort Mason
San Francisco, CA 94123

This stunning Fort Mason space features an extensive cocktail menu from Slanted Door alum Jennifer Colliau, who's put together selections featuring variations on classics, bottled and draft cocktails, and a "Drinking Around the World" menu.

3. The European

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490 Geary St
San Francisco, CA 94102

European drinks from the early 20th century are the inspiration at this new spot, which adjoins new restaurant Aveline. Here, bar director and Beretta alum Adam Wilson taps a tradition of lighter, more approachable drinks, like aperitifs, digestifs and champagne-based drinks.

4. Dirty Habit

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12 4th St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 348-1555
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Fifth Floor's successor features an ambitious cocktail menu from Brian Means, who's put together 35 options, plus a trio of mocktails. Sections run from "seasonal & shaken" and "stirred & sipped" to the mezcal and tequila-centric "agave times," and include shareable cocktails for four and a large barrel-aged program.

5. Trou Normand

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140 New Montgomery St
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 975-0876
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This Bar Agricole spinoff features the same streamlined cocktail stylings that put the original SOMA spot on the map, with a strong focus on Armagnac, Cognac, and Calvados sourced directly from France.

6. PABU

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101 California St
San Francisco, CA 94111

Mina Group Head Bartender Carlo Splendorini has prepared a menu of Japanese-inspired cocktails with a creative twist to tempt the American palate, and Pabu's drink menu has an eye toward delicate, clean flavors and Japanese spirits.

7. Chino

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3198 16th St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 552-5771
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Bartender Danny Louie echoes the flair of Chino with his playful drink menu, which features crowd-pleasers like the Flying Dutchman (genever, apple-tea shrub, celery juice, lime) and the Chinatown Iced Tea (baijiu, almond milk, passion fruit, Lipton tea, and lemon), plus boba cocktails in a variety of flavors.

8. Kin Khao

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55 Cyril Magnin St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 362-7456
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Cocktails from The Bon Vivants set this Thai spot apart, with drinks designed to pair with the food menu's heat and texture. Look for the Hua Hin Beach (dark rum, coconut cream, stout, lime, kaffir lime, salt) and the Kafe Mao, which complements the more spicy dishes with mezcal, cassis, coffee and cream.

9. Hawthorn

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46 Geary St
San Francisco, CA

Alembic and AQ alum Ethan Terry is behind the drink menu at this bar and lounge, which is all about reimagined '70s cocktails with updated ingredients ((think tequila sunrises, amaretto sours, and blue Hawaiians).

10. Natoma Cabana

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90 Natoma St
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 952-0481
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A lush outdoorsy ambiance is the aim of this new FiDi spot, which comes from noted empire-builders Dennis Leary and Eric Passetti. "Drinks of the Southern latitudes" form the basis of the cocktail menu, with drinks like the Natoma Paloma, a mai tai variation, and a strawberry-bourbon mule on offer alongside housemade Fireball.

11. Gaspar Brasserie

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185 Sutter St
San Francisco, CA 94104
(415) 576-8800

With drinks designed by Kevin Diedrich (Jasper's Corner Tap, Burritt Room), Gaspar goes the champagne route, featuring a "lo-octane" cocktail list that features bubbly. For those in a more high-octane state of mind, there's a separate, more spirit-forward cocktail menu section.

12. The Coachman

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1148 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 813-1701
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Barman Erik Adkins focused on 19th-century recipes when concocting the Coachman's cocktail list, which features drinks like a Knickerbocker, Regent's Punch, Pineapple Julep and Sherry Cobbler. If you need warming up, try the hot Ale Flip (oatmeal stout, rum, Benedictine and cinnamon).

13. Schroeder's

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240 Front St
San Francisco, CA 94111

This Fidi revamp might have a beer hall image, but there are plenty of cocktails on offer, too. Claire Jane Hunter is behind the menu, which experiments with German classics like radlers and ingredients like kirschwasser and killepitsch.

14. Harper & Rye

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1695 Polk St
San Francisco, CA 94109

Formerly the Red Devil Lounge, this new spot features a cocktail program from David Ruiz (Padrecito). On offer are a large selection of highballs, standard cocktails, and punch jars intended to serve groups of four with concoctions like the Oaxacan Peach (amaro, mezcal, ginger beer, grapefruit, lemon, agave).

15. Magnolia Brewery & BBQ

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665 22nd St
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 864-7468
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Though its main focus is beer and barbecue, this Dogpatch spot also boasts cocktails from Eric Quilty (East Bay Spice Company, Jupiter Olympus). Behind the bar comes a strong focus on American whiskies, plus cocktails like the On the Drumhead (whiskey, black cardamom, vetiver bitters, and a syrup made from Magnolia's Cole Porter).

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1. ABV

3174 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103

This Mission newcomer from cocktail industry vets Ryan Fitzgerald, Erik Reichborn-Kjennerud, and Todd Smith boasts a 16-drink menu organized by spirit, with recipes rooted in San Francisco and its history.

3174 16th St
San Francisco, CA 94103

2. The Interval at Long Now

2 Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA 94123

This stunning Fort Mason space features an extensive cocktail menu from Slanted Door alum Jennifer Colliau, who's put together selections featuring variations on classics, bottled and draft cocktails, and a "Drinking Around the World" menu.

2 Fort Mason
San Francisco, CA 94123

3. The European

490 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94102

European drinks from the early 20th century are the inspiration at this new spot, which adjoins new restaurant Aveline. Here, bar director and Beretta alum Adam Wilson taps a tradition of lighter, more approachable drinks, like aperitifs, digestifs and champagne-based drinks.

490 Geary St
San Francisco, CA 94102

4. Dirty Habit

12 4th St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Fifth Floor's successor features an ambitious cocktail menu from Brian Means, who's put together 35 options, plus a trio of mocktails. Sections run from "seasonal & shaken" and "stirred & sipped" to the mezcal and tequila-centric "agave times," and include shareable cocktails for four and a large barrel-aged program.

12 4th St
San Francisco, CA 94103

5. Trou Normand

140 New Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94105

This Bar Agricole spinoff features the same streamlined cocktail stylings that put the original SOMA spot on the map, with a strong focus on Armagnac, Cognac, and Calvados sourced directly from France.

140 New Montgomery St
San Francisco, CA 94105

6. PABU

101 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

Mina Group Head Bartender Carlo Splendorini has prepared a menu of Japanese-inspired cocktails with a creative twist to tempt the American palate, and Pabu's drink menu has an eye toward delicate, clean flavors and Japanese spirits.

101 California St
San Francisco, CA 94111

7. Chino

3198 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Bartender Danny Louie echoes the flair of Chino with his playful drink menu, which features crowd-pleasers like the Flying Dutchman (genever, apple-tea shrub, celery juice, lime) and the Chinatown Iced Tea (baijiu, almond milk, passion fruit, Lipton tea, and lemon), plus boba cocktails in a variety of flavors.

3198 16th St
San Francisco, CA 94103

8. Kin Khao

55 Cyril Magnin St, San Francisco, CA 94102

Cocktails from The Bon Vivants set this Thai spot apart, with drinks designed to pair with the food menu's heat and texture. Look for the Hua Hin Beach (dark rum, coconut cream, stout, lime, kaffir lime, salt) and the Kafe Mao, which complements the more spicy dishes with mezcal, cassis, coffee and cream.

55 Cyril Magnin St
San Francisco, CA 94102

9. Hawthorn

46 Geary St, San Francisco, CA

Alembic and AQ alum Ethan Terry is behind the drink menu at this bar and lounge, which is all about reimagined '70s cocktails with updated ingredients ((think tequila sunrises, amaretto sours, and blue Hawaiians).

46 Geary St
San Francisco, CA

10. Natoma Cabana

90 Natoma St, San Francisco, CA 94105

A lush outdoorsy ambiance is the aim of this new FiDi spot, which comes from noted empire-builders Dennis Leary and Eric Passetti. "Drinks of the Southern latitudes" form the basis of the cocktail menu, with drinks like the Natoma Paloma, a mai tai variation, and a strawberry-bourbon mule on offer alongside housemade Fireball.

90 Natoma St
San Francisco, CA 94105

11. Gaspar Brasserie

185 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94104

With drinks designed by Kevin Diedrich (Jasper's Corner Tap, Burritt Room), Gaspar goes the champagne route, featuring a "lo-octane" cocktail list that features bubbly. For those in a more high-octane state of mind, there's a separate, more spirit-forward cocktail menu section.

185 Sutter St
San Francisco, CA 94104

12. The Coachman

1148 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Barman Erik Adkins focused on 19th-century recipes when concocting the Coachman's cocktail list, which features drinks like a Knickerbocker, Regent's Punch, Pineapple Julep and Sherry Cobbler. If you need warming up, try the hot Ale Flip (oatmeal stout, rum, Benedictine and cinnamon).

1148 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94103

13. Schroeder's

240 Front St, San Francisco, CA 94111

This Fidi revamp might have a beer hall image, but there are plenty of cocktails on offer, too. Claire Jane Hunter is behind the menu, which experiments with German classics like radlers and ingredients like kirschwasser and killepitsch.

240 Front St
San Francisco, CA 94111

14. Harper & Rye

1695 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109

Formerly the Red Devil Lounge, this new spot features a cocktail program from David Ruiz (Padrecito). On offer are a large selection of highballs, standard cocktails, and punch jars intended to serve groups of four with concoctions like the Oaxacan Peach (amaro, mezcal, ginger beer, grapefruit, lemon, agave).

1695 Polk St
San Francisco, CA 94109

15. Magnolia Brewery & BBQ

665 22nd St, San Francisco, CA 94107

Though its main focus is beer and barbecue, this Dogpatch spot also boasts cocktails from Eric Quilty (East Bay Spice Company, Jupiter Olympus). Behind the bar comes a strong focus on American whiskies, plus cocktails like the On the Drumhead (whiskey, black cardamom, vetiver bitters, and a syrup made from Magnolia's Cole Porter).

665 22nd St
San Francisco, CA 94107

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