Must-visit cocktail bars in San Francisco

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Must-visit cocktail bars in San Francisco

San Francisco is renowned world over as being a hub of the tech industry. However, this beautiful city of innovative and inspiring ideas also offers moments of joy and relaxation to all those who call it their home or arriving here as tourists with its lively bar scene. San Francisco is home to some high-quality cocktail bars worth checking out. The city is ready to offer all types of bars for you to spend some good time with your family and friends. Fond Travels offers a select list of some of the excellent cocktail bars in San Francisco which you shouldn’t miss out in any case whenever visiting the city.

Trick Dog

If you want to enjoy the best cocktail in San Francisco then head to the Trick Dog, which also won the “Best Cocktail Menu in the World” award at Tales of the Cocktail event in the past. The extensive list of drinks featured here include concoctions such as Wool & Yarn, which is a blend of Irish whiskey, curry, pumpkin, Fernet, sweet vermouth, and Coke, served long. Another cocktail Intelligent Life in the Universe deliciously matches rum and brandy with absinthe and maple, poured over a large ice cube. Trick Dog is surely the place for enjoying your drink.

Bar Agricole

As you step in Bar Agricole get ready for a modern, airy and industrial feeling. The cocktails served here are prepared from just four or five ingredients. You may try the Rye Gin Old Fashioned, or an Old Fashioned made with whiskey, or enjoy the hose version made with cognac, or the Whiz Bang, which is a mix of grenadine, absinthe, dry vermouth, and a mix of scotch. The drink can be enjoyed in accompaniment with small plates of seared garbanzo beans and green garlic salami.

Pacific Cocktail Haven

The Pacific Cocktail Haven is a fixture for the bartending community in San Francisco. The cocktails here are flavourful, inventive, and playfully named. The major highlights here are drinks such as Tricky, Sho ‘Nuff, and the Miso Old Fashioned. The Tricky is a wonderful concoction of vermouth, tequila, and mezcal into a smoky and floral mix. Sho ‘Nuff, which is on the whiskey side, is a blend of bourbon with cantaloupe, curry and port. Miso-butter infused rum is used as a base in the Miso Old Fashioned. The cocktail bar after having been opened a few years ago is already doing wonders in the San Francisco cocktail scene.  

Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar

You will find many modern places for enjoying drinks in San Francisco. However, the tiki-themed Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar is simply outstanding. This long standing bar is renowned for its kitsch factor and surely worth checking out. Enlive your spirits and get musical with the band playing in the middle of the indoor “lagoon”. A thunderstorm also rolls through the bar every now and then. Apart from these, the drinks are simply relishing. The 1944 Mai Tai and the 1934 Zombie are amongst great classic tiki cocktails to choose from. You can also consider some “Modern Tiki'' drinks as well. Most visitors arriving here prefer to drink Tonka Kong, prepared with coconut rum, coconut cream, and coffee liqueur. If you want then you also have the option for sipping your drink from a cored pineapple.


The gin joint Whitechapel where the menu offered just seems to be a novel of gin. You will find both classic and modern cocktails in page after page of the menu. The cocktails offered here are prepared with ingredients such as pipe tobacco-smoked cognac, pickle spice vermouth, and Douglas fir brandy. Cocktails with multiple variants of the martini family tree are also served here. If you want to take flights of fancy then trying out one of the curated gin flights with names such as Around the World, All American, or California will be worth it.

Smuggler’s Cove

Smuggler’s Cove specializes in rum. Though many tiki cocktails are to be found here, the best drinks created are with rum of all origins. You will find it all here – from traditional drinks like Grog or Rum Flip, Caribbean delights such as Jamaican Planter’s Punch, and originals such as the Port Royal, which is prepared using jerk-seasoned simple syrup, and Hellfire tincture created in-house. Passionate rum lovers are welcome to join the Smuggler’s Cove Rumbustion Society, and enjoy sampling hundreds of different types of rum while being its members. 

It’s no wonder that with some of these top cocktail bars San Francisco’s buzzing bar scene is fancied by all those staying in this lovely tech wonderland or whenever visiting the city for business or vacation.

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