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Local Edition

Local Edition

Cocktail Bar and Lounge$$$$
SoMa, San Francisco
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    Bonnie Z.
    "Can't go wrong with a Yellow Kid or a Fidel & Che"(10 Tips)
    Christopher M.
    "Rosebud is my favorite drink."(10 Tips)
    Jen C.
    "Loved the Fidel and Che and Bloody Mary is made with pho broth!"(6 Tips)
    Allegra B.
    "All kinda of fun drinks try the ava gardner for sure"(7 Tips)
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  • Sam B.heart icon on user image
    Sam BrownDecember 30, 2015
    Get the Local Edition, their signature cocktail is a take on an old fashioned and is a real easy drink.
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • Eater
    EaterApril 16, 2013
    A bar that marries sexy to vintage typewriters in the Hearst Building with a stage for live music. The serious cocktails are also available with a noticeable lean towards mod era classics.
  • Stephanyheart icon on user image
    StephanySeptember 9, 2018
    Been here 5+ times
    Low lit and often has live jazz music. The Eva Gardner was light and refreshing followed by the Pisco Sour inspired Rosemary Clooney. Finish with the dark spirited Local Edition.
    Upvoted Feb 17
  • Connie C.heart icon on user image
    Connie ChiuJune 20, 2018
    Great cocktails! I really liked the romper and all the various drinks my friends got. Huge space but a little loud for convos with the music. Live music is awesome. Make rsvps beforehand.
  • J Crowleyheart icon on user image
    J CrowleySeptember 16, 2016
    The Rosemary Clooney is one of my all time favorite cocktails. Dangerously delicious and surprisingly strong. I don't recommend a fourth. 😴
  • Grace Y.heart icon on user image
    Grace YoonJune 26, 2016
    Great choice of cocktails. I tried Lieutenant Gov'nr, which was whiskey-based yet citrusy (w/ perf touch of cinnamon) and Sir John Watts. Great seating/standing area. Highly recommend
  • Emily B.heart icon on user image
    Emily BSeptember 1, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    What's good here?? What a question! This is and underground 1930s newsstand themed lounge with LIVE music- not just music- a FULL band. I had an amazing beer and their 'barbarella' cocktail- amazing!
  • Cathy A.
    Cathy AllenApril 12, 2013
    Great atmosphere & amazing cocktails... Be prepared for a big crowd & a really long wait times for a drink. Once you get your drink you will forget all your complaints. Worth it!
  • Carmen I.heart icon on user image
    Carmen IbarraMay 3, 2015
    Live music on Mondays and Wednesdays! Fun atmosphere! Great cocktails! Try the "Local Edition"
  • Chris B.
    Chris BarclayOctober 12, 2014
    A truly unique place. Jazz band in the background, old typewriters on the walls, and the slight feel of a strip club. Very elaborate drinks. I recommend giving it a go and enjoying yourself.
  • Ryan L.
    Ryan LeggettNovember 19, 2013
    Spacious. Meticulously designed. The drinks are great. The service can be a bit slow. Make a reservation online if you want a table. Also, they can accommodate large (50+) groups with enough notice.
  • Sravanti T.heart icon on user image
    Sravanti TekumallaDecember 5, 2017
    Lots of space and great cocktails. Don’t remember what it’s called, but there’s a cocktail made with coconut milk and tea, and it’s 💯
  • Michael L.heart icon on user image
    Michael LunøeDecember 11, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Great space underneath the city in the downtown. Great place for larger crowds. Good service, and pretty good cocktails
  • Anna B.heart icon on user image
    Anna BalanvskaOctober 3, 2017
    Come on Tuesday! They have a thematic with swing dancer and awesome band! Drinks are uniquely interesting and nice.
  • Peter P.heart icon on user image
    Peter ParkJuly 25, 2018
    Been here 5+ times
    Awesome cocktails. Local Edition is great twist on Old Fashioned. Bartenders are nice. Live music even on Tuesdays. It’s not too loud to drown out conversations.
  • miten s.heart icon on user image
    miten sampatDecember 9, 2012
    great spot, lots of space to move around. does take a while to get served at the bar (guess it was a busy night). Oh, and you are in a historic space ...this is where Hearst printed newspapers !
  • Martin A.
    Martin AssmannOctober 11, 2014
    Little speakeasy but not easy to find. Look for the big clock in the window of the Hearst building. Downstairs is a dimly lighted bar themed on old-school newspaper. Cocktails are very crafted!
  • Kirti D.
    Kirti DJanuary 22, 2013
    Fabulous little speakeasy--look for the clock in the window of the Hearst building, facing Market. If you like bourbon, try the Local Edition. Beware, it can take a little while to get your drink.
  • Karin B.
    Karin BäcklundFebruary 8, 2013
    Cool place if you can find it! Pretty big venue with lots of tables making it a great spot for nice conversations with your friends or co-workers. And the drinks are good too:)
  • Neli P.heart icon on user image
    Neli ParchikApril 10, 2016
    Officially one of the best cocktail bars in SF - the old fashioned in particular is spectacular! 😍👍🏼
  • Christine L.
    Christine LeeApril 19, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Yellow kid. So good I don't want to try anything else (although I have. YK is still the best.) Gin lemon dill syrup velvet falernum vya dry vermouth ginger beer. $11.
  • Kylie
    KylieJune 28, 2014
    A speakeasy style bar that's literally underground. With live music, hand-crafted cocktails, and hushed, dark vibe, this is a great place for a swanky date!
  • Ami K.heart icon on user image
    Ami K-MApril 5, 2014
    Cocktails take a while to get so bring a fun/patient friend to hang with. Pimm's cup are on point! On par with Romolo. Go, keep a open tab & be kind to the servers.
  • Nadia Geneviève M.heart icon on user image
    Great for after work drinks. More of a starting point than a final destination, but the cocktails are great and it has a cool vibe.
  • Zachary R.
    Zachary Reiss-DavisSeptember 7, 2016
    Check their website -- they have amazing live music some nights, without a cover, in addition to the always great cocktails.
  • Ali A.heart icon on user image
    Ali AndersonNovember 30, 2014
    1920's themed cocktail bar with a speak easy atmosphere. Awesome place to meet up for a cocktail - lots of seating and standing room.
  • Ashley M.heart icon on user image
    Ashley MillerMarch 13, 2015
    Very cool speakeasy right on Market. Old newspapers from 1900s on display everywhere. Packed weekend nights and lines are long to get a drink. Really dark, but a neat throwback to prohibition era.
  • Ignacio G.heart icon on user image
    Ignacio GuffantiJanuary 8, 2015
    Great place to have a drink with friends music is at a volume you can hear it but don't need to yell to speak
  • Carol B.heart icon on user image
    Carol BargJuly 5, 2015
    Great live music and drinks! If you dont know what to get ask the bartender. So many awesome old newspapers to check out too!
  • Heather T.
    Heather TerrellNovember 18, 2013
    Don't miss this subterranean hidey-hole: the entrance is kinda camouflaged. On weekends or during after-work happy hour, be sure to make a reservation.
  • Kaitlin L.
    Kaitlin LutzJuly 9, 2014
    This place is awesome! As an put of towner the cocktails are amazing! I loved the tycoon! Also the yellow kid is lemonady and refreshing!
  • Daniel P.
    Daniel PearsonAugust 9, 2014
    Speakeasy-esque atmosphere, craft cocktails, and hipster bar staff. If you're looking for a romantic and dimly-lit date spot, this would be a good choice.
  • Ms H.
    Ms HeleneJuly 29, 2018
    Large cocktail bar. Reserve a table or stand at bar. Good live jazz and dancing if you feel like it on weeknights.
  • Cloe B.
    Cloe BushnellApril 10, 2016
    very busy post work on Fridays, but it is a big enough space to spread out. Try the barbarella - very refreshing and fun!
  • Kevin G.heart icon on user image
    Kevin GrantSeptember 27, 2018
    Cool underground cocktail bar in downtown SF. Has minimal dress code (no athletic wear iirc). Sometimes live music.
  • Blake S.heart icon on user image
    Blake ShawJuly 26, 2014
    If you like old fashioned's that aren't too sweet, you'll love the self-titled local edition cocktail.
  • Maureen N.
    Maureen NjugunaApril 8, 2015
    Very cool bar has a speakeasy feel, huge space downstairs. Had a live band playing on a Monday night. Nice drinks & vibes
  • Shirin J.heart icon on user image
    Shirin JafariJanuary 24, 2017
    All cocktails are unique! Try long goodbye if you like sweet stuff!!
  • Josh M.heart icon on user image
    Josh MartinMay 18, 2019
    Been here 5+ times
    Gets extremely packed during the week right after work. There’s usually long, long lines at the bar. Nice vibe, despite busy-ness.
  • Aaron W.heart icon on user image
    Aaron WheelerMay 14, 2014
    The Local Edition cocktail sounds like a simple Old Fashioned, but it's so good! Get it!
  • Francesca H.heart icon on user image
    Francesca HernandezMarch 26, 2015
    Love love this bar! Nice and intimate. Rosemary Clooney is awesome.
  • Kat .heart icon on user image
    Kat 🐱March 24, 2016
    If you like something citrusy and herbal, try the Yellow Kid! (Gin, lemon, dill syrup, velvet falernum, vya dry vermouth, ginger beer)
  • Michael L.heart icon on user image
    Michael LunøeSeptember 18, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Cocktails. Try a Manhatten og rittenhouse Rye, or old fashioned on Four roses single barrel
  • ᴡ M.heart icon on user image
    ᴡ MillerMay 17, 2016
    Great place for after work drinks. Little dark but fun environment.
  • Joy G.
    Joy GhanekarJuly 10, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Great speakeasy vibe. Bartenders are super knowledgeable. Just ask them to fix you any drink with the local St. George gin!
  • Jen C.heart icon on user image
    Jen ChaAugust 13, 2013
    Loved the Fidel and Che and Bloody Mary is made with pho broth! Bloody Mary could've been spicier for me - I should've asked.
  • Annie T.heart icon on user image
    Annie TangJuly 9, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Amazing cocktail drinks that are fun to watch while being made. On the pricier end, but worth it. Ava Gardner is 👌
  • Alex K.heart icon on user image
    Alex KimAugust 10, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Good cocktails and good vibes. A pricier after-work spot but still would meet friends there from time to time.
  • Issa A.heart icon on user image
    Issa ArajNovember 18, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Good place to grab a drink after work. They're pricey & take a lot of time to make but they're good. Pisco sour is great
    SHOWRUNNERNovember 23, 2012
    Great, strong cocktails in the loungey basement of the Hearst Building. I like the Eagle (bourbon, homemade root beer syrup, soda).
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