Cocktails aren’t just ice, booze, and mixers anymore. Now drinkers can expect inventive takes on classics, unique spirits, garden-inspired ingredients, and a seriously deep bench of places to try. If there’s one thing San Franciscans have access to in droves, it’s a damn good drink.
Whether you’re in the mood to linger over a rare whiskey, enjoy a thoughtful cocktail, or pick from a ton of beers, there are plenty of options in each category to more than satisfy any craving. Especially well-suited are these 15 hottest places to score cocktails in San Francisco.
Bar Central at China Live
Located in the heart of China Live’s massive emporium, Bar Central is a welcome oasis. It’s adjacent to the restaurant, and serves sit-down diners, as well as those in search of a cocktail. SF bar veteran Duggan McDonnell (Cantina) is the director of beverage, and he’s created a list of cocktails with Chinese-inspired ingredients, using items such as Kweichow Moutai, a liquor made from fermented sorghum, dried hawthorn, and starfruit vinegar.