Sure, we didn’t see the sun one single time in all of Fogust, but who cares about things like vitamin D when this month brought a new Scotch-centric bar that’s probably the hottest opening of the year, two fantastic new spots in the now bustling Hayes Valley (one Spanish, one sushi), a pop-up serving five courses of soulful Mexican food for just $39, and the trendiest (and tastiest) ramen in all of the land? Not us, that’s who.

COLD DRINKS AT CHINA LIVE CHINATOWN
Cold Drinks will be the best bar that opens in San Francisco in 2017. The somewhat hidden lounge (look for the stenciled bats — a good luck symbol in Chinese culture — on the concrete staircase that leads to a gold door) in China Live, the new “culinary and cultural destination” in Chinatown, has a high-end vibe (read: bartenders dressed in custom tuxedos, a black marble bar, grey velvet couches, brass and Lucite tables, plush rugs, and custom concrete wall tiles), but with that comes, yup, you guessed it: high-end prices. The cocktails range from $16 to $22.

This is primarily due to the Scotch-centric cocktails, all of which use the highest quality spirits, and appeal to both whisky drinkers and not whisky drinkers. If you’re the latter, try the Sometimes Old Fashioned made with duck-fat infused Speyburn 10, Rittenhouse rye, black pepper syrup, angostura, black lemon, and candy cap bitters, or the Shanghai Mai Tai. Don’t worry Scotch traditionalists, there’s also plenty for you… especially if the idea of sipping a Macallan Limited Edition No. 1 sounds like something you might enjoy. – Thrillist (09.06.17)