The hottest spots to get your drink on

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 13 hottest places to score cocktails in San Francisco.

1. Cold Drinks
It’s a pseudo-secret, just above the bustling scene at China Live, accessible via stairwell; black bats painted on the walls lead the way to the door. Inside is a swanky, Scotch-filled bar where the bartenders wear tuxedos, and the vibe is modern Shanghai with a dash of old school San Francisco. Drinks are heavy on the Scotch, and there are many to choose from, so don’t be shy.

2. 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. – Eater San Francisco (08.04.17)