The Best Craft Cocktail Bars in San Francisco
15 Romolo is one of The Best Craft Cocktail Bars in San Francisco.

1. 15 Romolo

8.2
15 Romolo Pl (btwn Fresno St & Broadway), San Francisco, CA
Cocktail Bar · North Beach · 213 tips and reviews

PUNCHPUNCH: With a solid classic cocktail list as well as a number of playful riffs, 15 Romolo has established itself as one of the most consistent and enduring craft cocktail bars in San Francisco. Read more.

ABV is one of The Best Craft Cocktail Bars in San Francisco.

2. ABV

9.0
3174 16th St (btwn Guerrero & Albion St), San Francisco, CA
Cocktail Bar · Mission Dolores · 148 tips and reviews

PUNCHPUNCH: ABV’s cocktail game is tight, but simple; you wont find dozen-ingredient drinks, just no-frills cocktails organized by spirit. The bar snacks are stellar, from mini fish & chips to potpie empanadas. Read more.

The Alembic is one of The Best Craft Cocktail Bars in San Francisco.

3. The Alembic

8.7
1725 Haight St (btwn Cole & Shrader St), San Francisco, CA
Cocktail Bar · Haight Ashbury · 236 tips and reviews

PUNCHPUNCH: With its beautifully editorialized cocktail list, Alembic is the Haight’s de-facto cocktail joint. Whiskey is a serious subject here, as is the gin and tequila collection. Read more.

Bar Agricole is one of The Best Craft Cocktail Bars in San Francisco.

4. Bar Agricole

355 11th St (at Folsom St), San Francisco, CA
Cocktail Bar · SoMa · 213 tips and reviews

PUNCHPUNCH: Bar Agricole embodies the West Coast drinks style—seasonal, simple and ingredient-driven. Herbs and farmer’s market fruit are usual suspects, as are housemade tinctures. Read more.

Fauna is one of The Best Craft Cocktail Bars in San Francisco.

5. Fauna

1900 Telegraph Ave (at 19th St), Oakland, CA
Cocktail Bar · Uptown · 17 tips and reviews

PUNCHPUNCH: There’s nothing groundbreaking about Fauna’s cocktails, but you can count on a solid Gold Rush on the Flora menu, or classic riffs on the Fauna menu. As expected, décor reflects the respective names. Read more.

Comstock Saloon is one of The Best Craft Cocktail Bars in San Francisco.

6. Comstock Saloon

9.0
155 Columbus Ave (at Pacific Ave), San Francisco, CA
Cocktail Bar · Chinatown · 217 tips and reviews

PUNCHPUNCH: 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.

Forgery is one of The Best Craft Cocktail Bars in San Francisco.

7. Forgery

1525 Mission St (11th St), San Francisco, CA
Cocktail Bar · SoMa · 17 tips and reviews

PUNCHPUNCH: Forgery mixes old & new school in looks & drinks—the latter created by two of SF’s finest bartenders, Ken Luciano and Jacques Bezuidenhout. Expect balanced cocktails in a swanky yet friendly setting. Read more.

Holy Water is one of The Best Craft Cocktail Bars in San Francisco.

8. Holy Water

9.1
309 Cortland Ave (btwn Bocana & Bennington St), San Francisco, CA
Cocktail Bar · Bernal Heights · 59 tips and reviews

PUNCHPUNCH: Holy Water is a low-key bar that happens to make great drinks. The religious undertones can skew schtick-y (a baptism mural, holy water bottles), but the 3-4 ingredient drinks are solid and evergreen. Read more.

Hotsy Totsy Club is one of The Best Craft Cocktail Bars in San Francisco.

9. Hotsy Totsy Club

7.9
601 San Pablo Ave (at Garfield Ave.), Albany, CA
Cocktail Bar · 42 tips and reviews

PUNCHPUNCH: Hotsy Totsy Club has been going strong since 1939. Bartenders mix classics and newfangled drinks for regulars and visitors while the jukebox plays above the scratchy murmur of the shuffleboard. Read more.

Prizefighter is one of The Best Craft Cocktail Bars in San Francisco.

10. Prizefighter

9.1
6702 Hollis St (at 67th St.), Emeryville, CA
Cocktail Bar · 70 tips and reviews

PUNCHPUNCH: Prizefighter, a bar with zero pretension, makes some of the best drinks in the Bay Area. With a stellar spirits collection, you can nerd out with the bartenders or just sit back and let them drive. Read more.

11. Rickhouse

8.1
246 Kearny St (at Bush St), San Francisco, CA
Cocktail Bar · Downtown San Francisco-Union Square · 250 tips and reviews

PUNCHPUNCH: “Rickhouse” references buildings that store aging bourbon. In keeping, the place is constructed from salvaged wood that has served as a barrel stave in Kentucky. Read more.

Smuggler's Cove is one of The Best Craft Cocktail Bars in San Francisco.

12. Smuggler's Cove

8.7
650 Gough St (at McAllister St), San Francisco, CA
Tiki Bar · Civic Center · 330 tips and reviews

PUNCHPUNCH: Smuggler’s Cove has all the trappings of Polynesian paradise: rum, skulls, & a babbling brook. It’s one of the few tiki bars that perfects the traditional formula while establishing its own style. Read more.

The Interval at Long Now is one of The Best Craft Cocktail Bars in San Francisco.

13. The Interval at Long Now

9.2
2 Marina Blvd, Fort Mason Building A, San Francisco, CA
Cocktail Bar · 94 tips and reviews

PUNCHPUNCH: The Interval is a good place to sit and think about time. Glass beakers of small production spirits float above the bar, and the menu is split into categories that allow exploration of one drink. Read more.

Trick Dog is one of The Best Craft Cocktail Bars in San Francisco.

14. Trick Dog

9.0
3010 20th St (at Florida St), San Francisco, CA
Cocktail Bar · Mission District · 279 tips and reviews

PUNCHPUNCH: Trick Dog is the superstar of SF’s cocktail scene. With ever-changing, always quirky menu concepts and rockabilly bartenders, Trick Dog is sure to go down in history alongside other SF classics. Read more.

Trou Normand is one of The Best Craft Cocktail Bars in San Francisco.

15. Trou Normand

140 New Montgomery St (at Natoma St), San Francisco, CA
French Restaurant · SoMa · 107 tips and reviews

PUNCHPUNCH: Trou Normand is a mecca for French spirits and charcuterie, much of which is plucked straight from the source and cured in the back, respectively. Read more.