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. Read more about it here.
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 (09.27.17)