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Comstock Saloon

Comstock Saloon

Cocktail Bar and New American Restaurant$$$$
Chinatown, San Francisco
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    Leah Y.
    "Loved the Pisco Punch and live music!"(9 Tips)
    Kathy D.
    "Live jazz at one of esquire's best bar in America!"(12 Tips)
    Kris V.
    "Yummy breakfast of pickled #eggs w/ #bacon & oyster vinaigrette"(6 Tips)
    "The Cherry Bounce is one of my favorite cocktails in SF."(5 Tips)
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  • live music
  • jazz music
  • punch
  • pickled egg
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  • Heba-I-amheart icon on user image
    Heba-I-amSeptember 6, 2017
    The cauliflower salad is so delicious and filling! It's heavy as a salad tbh because of all the cauliflower but that won't stop you from finishing that thing because it's DELICIOUS! Great cocktails
    Upvoted Sep 30
  • Eater
    EaterApril 16, 2013
    This address has housed a bar of some description since 1907, and it feels like it. Think classic cocktails, abundant antiques, some live jazz, and the dress code is, blessedly, Fedora optional.
  • AFAR Media
    AFAR MediaJanuary 22, 2015
    In a setting that preserves the saloon’s historic design and pays tribute to San Francisco’s Barbary Coast, you'll find classic cocktails and bar snacks like Hangtown Toast and Pigs in a Biscuit. Read more
  • Verne H.heart icon on user image
    Verne HoJune 18, 2018
    Been here 5+ times
    A great bar with amazing history and character. The cocktails are top notch and the live jazz is always a special treat. Good mix of seating styles depending on your mood. A north beach favorite!
  • Wilson F.heart icon on user image
    Wilson Favre-DelerueDecember 22, 2016
    Get a cozy booth and sip on the proper cocktails the fine barmen and women of Comstock prepare. Pass on the food which is greasy and heavy, though the Spéculos marshmallow cookie is silly good.
  • Adrian P.heart icon on user image
    Adrian PhillipsNovember 11, 2015
    A diverse selection of cocktails. If you're not sure ask the bartender to make you something. Be sure to start with the kinds of liquors / drinks you like. Not much on tap, plenty of beers in cans.
  • Matt L.heart icon on user image
    Matt LintottJuly 15, 2015
    Cocktails very tasty just sipping on a Happy Hour Vermouth and Whiskey Based Cocktail. Barman very knowledgeable very much worth the Visit 👍🏻😋🍸
  • WhiskyAvengerheart icon on user image
    WhiskyAvengerJune 13, 2018
    I like this place better now that it’s not San Francisco Brewing Co. The food and cocktails here are outstanding and they have live jazz on the weekends.
  • Eli H.heart icon on user image
    Eli HickoxMay 5, 2019
    Reservations are a must if you plan on eating. Cocktails are some of the best in the city. Live jazz every night.
    Upvoted Sep 29
  • heat
    heatJuly 19, 2013
    Old fashioned drinks are served with “traditional” saloon fare like Fried Rabbit Toast or Beef Shank & Bone Marrow Pot Pie. Esquire Magazine listed Comstock in its 2011 list of Best Bars in America.
  • lululemon
    lululemonApril 29, 2014
    Snag a seat at the bar, listen to live jazz, and try the Moonraker made with cognac, peach, and absinthe, or put fate into the hands of the mixologist with the Barkeep’s Whimsy.
    PUNCHSeptember 24, 2015
    Comstock was formerly a real saloon, and still has the pisser trough to prove it. More notably, it was one of the first SF bars to counter the fetishized cocktail movement with a laidback vibe. Read more
  • Vince W.
    Vince WongOctober 14, 2013
    Came on the recommendation of an SF native and was not disappointed. Laidback speakeasy vibes all around. Great place to catchup with friends over cocktails or to get your night started.
  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableOctober 6, 2014
    Shot-and-a-beer, anyone? Get yours here from 4 to 7 p.m.; three combos include Four Roses bourbon and a short Anchor Steam, Pueblo Viejo tequila and a Tecate, and Bols Genever and a short Trumer Pils. Read more
  • Doug Z.
    Doug ZamenskyDecember 2, 2012
    An ancient and iconic bar that knows how to make classic cocktails and they do it very well. PS: don't pee in the troughs, that haven't done that in years, I don't suggest starting it again :)
  • Becherovka Voyager
    Becherovka VoyagerSeptember 4, 2013
    Low lighting, old school ceiling fans, and jazzy beats inspire images of an old school, steam punk world. Take a date to this charming SF favorite, and keep the Becherovka coming!
  • Rob W.
    Rob WMay 26, 2013
    Best cocktail bar in the city! The Cherry Bounce was amazing, The Martinez will hit the spot & the Sazerac is legendary. Can't go wrong with anything on the cocktail menu!
  • SFist
    SFistAugust 3, 2014
    This high-end cocktail establishment has polished, Barbary Coast-inspired decor and a cool mezzanine overlooking the main room with an upright piano and room for a stand-up bass and a few others. Read more
  • Island Bruinheart icon on user image
    Island BruinJune 20, 2017
    Ask the bartender to make you a cocktail off the menu- their choice. They will ask a few questions and then come up with a great drink.
  • Brodie O.heart icon on user image
    Brodie OlmsteadDecember 10, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Classic cocktails, friendly and knowledgeable staff. Wide selection of spirits. My go-to is a gin martini with extra olives.
  • Kris V.
    Kris Vera-PhillipsAugust 11, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the Fried Squash Blossoms - #kvpinmybelly : #Breakfast before work! Yummy, delicate petals with a savory batter. Also loved the mozzarella cheese on the side
  • OkCupid Daters' Choice
    Comstock Saloon was voted the Best Boozy Date Spot by OkCupid users in the first-ever Daters' Choice Awards! Tap Read more for additional date spot categories in San Francisco. #daterschoice Read more
  • Rochelle M.heart icon on user image
    Rochelle McCuneDecember 10, 2010
    If you sit at the bar, look down. It's one of the few places in the city with a trough - back in the 49er days men just whipped it out & peed in in the trough, no pesky staggering to the loo!
  • CNN
    CNNAugust 6, 2014
    The 19th century themed bar revives a Gold Rush tradition of serving a free lunch with the purchase of two drinks on Fridays. Read more
  • Bill H.
    Bill HendrixAugust 3, 2018
    Been here 5+ times
    great bar, wonderful bartenders and prime location make this a must stop when we are in the area
  • Doug d.heart icon on user image
    Doug de WetJuly 28, 2016
    The front room is a great place to watch the city pass by while imbibing first rate classic cocktails served by a charming bartender. The olives are darn tasty too.
  • Liz .heart icon on user image
    Liz 🦎September 2, 2015
    Barkeep's whimsy! I asked for two gin drinks and they were fantastic! And don't miss Norton I above the bar!
  • San Jose Mercury News
    San Jose Mercury NewsApril 17, 2013
    Chef Carlo Espinas calls his open-face tartines "toasts," which is more in keeping with the saloon's Barbary Coast vibe. Read more
  • .:. s.heart icon on user image
    .:. sAugust 13, 2015
    Top quality poisons! The mixologist here hits it right on the head everytime. Excellent place to knock a couple back.
  • Josef R.
    Josef RichterFebruary 10, 2014
    Very classical old school atmosphere. One of the best Old Fashioneds (fits here well) I've ever had. And I've had lots of them.
  • shalzers M.
    shalzers McGeeMay 15, 2016
    Grab a pie from your fave N. Beach pizza spot to enjoy w/ your cocktails. Staff encourages outside food.
  • Brian L.heart icon on user image
    Brian LongtinFebruary 1, 2016
    Good strong cocktails but the food is excellent too. Burger with a side of Brussel sprouts, please.
  • Brittany C.
    Brittany CustinJanuary 7, 2014
    Best cocktails and bartenders! Ask for John, he has interesting knowledge about the history of the bar and San Francisco.
  • Scott S.heart icon on user image
    Scott SilvermanAugust 6, 2014
    Their happy hour cocktail (The Derby, $6) is the perfect balance of booze, sugar, and fresh mint
  • Don N.
    Don NoAugust 24, 2016
    If you pony up to the far end of the bar, be careful that you don't wack your knee on the protruding section. Mighty painful 😂
  • Paige C.
    Paige COctober 18, 2013
    Very friendly staff. Let them make suggestions and tell you their favorite items on (and off) the menu.
  • Matthewheart icon on user image
    MatthewOctober 25, 2015
    There on a Sat night. The live jazz made my night. Well, that and the great cocktails and friendly service.
  • Papa S.heart icon on user image
    Papa SMay 14, 2017
    Great whiskey bar and bar food.
  • Nate P.
    Nate PagelAugust 17, 2011
    #3 of: A restaurant with some of the best bartenders in the city. Sit at the bar and drink, then eat if you want to. food is amazing too.
  • Priya S.
    Priya SaiprasadAugust 24, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The cocktails are so seductively good! Get the South Side Cocktail if you're in the mood for a sweet and refreshing drink
    USA TODAYDecember 6, 2010
    This new bar in a century-old building recalls the wild Barbary Coast red-light district. The bar's signature drink is the city's famous Pisco Punch, made with South American brandy. Read more
  • Graham S.heart icon on user image
    Graham SiegelAugust 20, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    Well made cocktails and a generous happy hour. I really dig the space as well.
  • Grant M.
    Grant MarekJune 17, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Pig and a Biscuit is awesome. Pot Pie is a must. And Barkeep's Whimsey is epic (you give them some direction, i.e. 'i like whiskey' and they make you a whatever drink tickles their fancy).
  • Sandra C.heart icon on user image
    Sandra CifoNovember 22, 2017
    Great for live music and cocktails but the food is overpriced for what it is. The hamburger for $15 is really awful, and cheaply done. I would come back for the cocktails.
  • Esquire
    EsquireMay 24, 2011
    Congratulations, you've found one of Esquire's Best Bars in America. Stand at the bar. Look down. See the tiles? That's a trough, meant to be pissed in. This place is legit. So is the bamboo cocktail. Read more
  • Leah Y.
    Leah YamshonMay 16, 2013
    Loved the Pisco Punch and live music! A little pricey, but that's to be expected with craft cocktail joints in SF.
  • Andy S.
    Andy SamwickJanuary 10, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    Boot and a beer baby!!!
  • David S.heart icon on user image
    David SmithAugust 25, 2014
    I love the atmosphere here and the drink selection is great. Get the pickle plate
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsOctober 2, 2013
    A destination for classic cocktails in North Beach.
  • Shinaheart icon on user image
    ShinaNovember 18, 2018
    Live music, good drinks and friendly staff. Don’t get sold on the $20 mozzarella stick.
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