From dives to cocktail dens, here are the best bars in San Francisco to visit right now.

Welcome to the Time Out DRINK List, our handpicked ‘best of’ San Francisco’s drinking scene. These are the most buzzing bars in this city right now: the most inventive and most memorable watering holes.

Just as there’s no shortage of great things to do in San Francisco, there’s certainly no shortage of watering holes here either. Artisanal cocktail parlors, laid-back dives with cheap beer and pinball, craft beer emporiums… Bars in San Francisco are crammed into every block of the 7×7. Whether you prefer neighborhood dive bars, elegant cocktail dens or craft beer bars, there’s a long list of “bests” in every category across one of the world’s best drinking cities. Here are some we couldn’t live without.

COLD DRINKS BAR
When did Scotch become whimsical? Cold Drinks, the new upstairs bar inside China Live, mixes opulence with a touch of fun, featuring velvet gray couches, metallic black-and-gold bar chairs and a Scotch-forward cocktail menu that ranges from light and creamy to boozy and neat. Take the Long Islay iced tea: Served in a giant gold pineapple, the beverage is made from silky Absolut Elyx vodka, Bruichladdich and Laphroaig Scotches, black tea with lemon and a touch of Coca-Cola. It’s as delightful to look at as it is to drink. – TimeOut San Francisco (12.10.18)