FROM AN ÜBER-CHIC HOTEL ROOFTOP BAR TO A BREWERY WITH A POPULAR PATIO
San Francisco clearly needed a few drinks in 2017. The year saw incredible growth, with bar openings spanning the seven-by-seven miles from White Cap’s surfer-chic vibe and craft cocktails in the Outer Sunset to Anchor Public Taps’ vintage look and seasonal beers in Potrero Hill. Wine also got the spotlight for unique pairings (Parigo in the Marina) and bubbles with a side of joie de vivre fun (The Riddler in Hayes Valley). Here’s a toast to 2017’s best new bars in San Francisco.
Tucked on the second floor of the China Live complex (behind a discreet door marked with bats), this scotch-centric bar offers a glitzy old Shanghai jazz-era vibe — a stark contrast with the loud, industrial (i.e. unsexy) vibe of the main ground-floor restaurant. Cold Drinks is hands down SF’s finest choice when it’s time to dress up in your sharpest Don or Betty Draper wardrobe. AvroKo’s swanky design, inventive drinks and white-tuxedo-clad bartenders all make the bar feel simultaneously sexy and timeless.
Must-drink: Long Islay Iced Tea (Absolut Elyx vodka with two types of scotch, black tea, orgeat, Coca Cola and lemon); the rum and Benromach 10 scotch-based The Blackening with coconut, Lo-Fi amaro and allspice – Zagat (12.04.17)