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Trick Dog

Trick Dog

Cocktail Bar$$$$
Mission District, San Francisco
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    rich m.
    "I'm no 21st century yuppie but the kale salad was awesome."(31 Tips)
    AFAR Media
    "great cocktails based around the Pantone color chart."(5 Tips)
    "Try the Kale Salad and Scotch Egg!"(4 Tips)
    Chris M.
    "innovative drinks to the inventive bar food."(28 Tips)
Tips and Reviews icon274 Tips and reviews
  • cocktails
  • kale salad
  • trendy
  • good for dates
  • pantone color
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  • Doug d.heart icon on user image
    Doug de WetJuly 24, 2016
    Great all around fun vibe: bartenders are friendly and skilled, excellent classic cocktails, creative, well-balanced original cocktails, clever menu presentation, and good music. 👍👍
  • Eater
    EaterApril 8, 2014
    Affordable food, from a tasty beef tartare to a top-notch kale salad to the most perfect fries, is proving to be worthy of return trips, and trendsetting in terms of local menus. [Eater 38 Member] Read more
  • Michael L.heart icon on user image
    Michael LunøeDecember 11, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Awesome cocktails. Best when it is not so crowdy, which it easily gets on weekend nights. They make new themed menus each month and is ranked #35 of Worlds best cocktail bars:
  • Jag F.heart icon on user image
    Jag FirerwalkerSeptember 21, 2018
    Damn that kale salad is good. It is for a family of 4 but it is so worth it. If you can't finish it, make some friends on the table over and share. Get it. Also Impossible burger...arghhh
  • AFAR Media
    AFAR MediaAugust 12, 2014
    Trick Dog delivers great cocktails based around the Pantone color chart. Clever, as are the drinks with names like Razzle Dazzle and Vintage Photo, along with great bar food. Read more
  • Nichanan K.heart icon on user image
    Nichanan KesonpatSeptember 6, 2016
    Inventive menu presentation and the drinks I've tried are very creative and well balanced. My favorite from the current menu (Q3 '16) is I like Ike- try the fries also..pretty filling
  • Stephanyheart icon on user image
    StephanySeptember 9, 2018
    Come here often as the menus changes with the season. Can get loud on the weekends so head upstairs for a bite with your cocktails. Central Kitchen is next door but likely needs reservations.
  • Joey C.heart icon on user image
    Joey CombsApril 23, 2016
    The staff are phenomenally professional and are so nice, even when the bar is packed. Opt for a classic cocktail like an Old Fashioned or Whiskey Sour. You won't be disappointed.
  • Will B.heart icon on user image
    Will BertelsenDecember 16, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    Trick Dog serves some of the most novel and inventive cocktails in the city. The menu changes every quarter or so and each one has a new theme and format; a record binder, a horoscope wheel, etc.
  • Lucero V.heart icon on user image
    Lucero ViktoriaMay 3, 2015
    there's some serious magic going on behind the bar here. all the items I've tried off the cocktail menu are solid (#4 is my favorite!), and the bartenders have no problem getting creative either!
  • SFGate
    SFGateSeptember 18, 2014
    The Trick Dog rises to the top of the burger heap; it’s a log of ground beef served in a sesame hot dog bun, with shredded lettuce, onions, pickles, cheddar cheese and house sauce. Read more
  • Adrian P.heart icon on user image
    Adrian PhillipsOctober 25, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Go off menu these guys are absolute professionals. They make a fantastic White Negroni & Vesper. The nuggets are my favorite bite as they come with three dipping sauces. Get there early to beat crowds
  • SFist
    SFistJanuary 27, 2015
    This spots got top-notch cocktails from the Bon Vivants team, with a wickedly interesting menu that changes every six months, as well as some terrific food. Try the Kale Salad and Scotch Egg! Read more
    CITY GRITAugust 1, 2014
    Dear Josh (Harris) and Scott (Baird), Thank you for opening the coolest spot with amazing cocktails so we can spend our time waiting for a table at Flour + Water in the best way possible.
    PUNCHSeptember 24, 2015
    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
  • Benjamin G.heart icon on user image
    Benjamin GrønvoldMarch 15, 2017
    Very creative, skilled and nice bartenders. It's worth going just to see their menu. I had a Bigfoot and I'll be back for more
  • Shagun A.heart icon on user image
    Shagun AulakhJanuary 16, 2015
    Fantastic cocktails, eclectic food. #10 cocktail was delish..tequila was smooth and flavor was citrus and crisp. Kale salad is good but big. Ceviche was perfect
  • Chris M.heart icon on user image
    Chris MessinaNovember 19, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Everything is meticulously thought out, from the Pantone color scheme and record-album menus to the innovative drinks to the inventive bar food. Grab a bottled beverage (we like the buttermilk punch).
  • Michael T.heart icon on user image
    Michael TiffanyAugust 12, 2017
    Killer bar program with a top notch staff that has the respect of all the other A-level joints in town. On a slow night, make some new friends by coming in with a boomerang 🎅
  • Blake S.heart icon on user image
    Blake SuharJuly 20, 2018
    Best cocktail spot I've been to in a long time, without question. Helpful & friendly staff. I got the Jardiniere, which was a perfect balance between sweet & smokey.
  • Nipun S.heart icon on user image
    Nipun SachdevMay 21, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    Unbelievable cocktails and hence pretty packed always. Also has an underrated food menu if you can grab a seat upstairs.
  • Brad T.
    Brad TJuly 27, 2013
    Cool new menu. Great new drinks. Just flip and pick. Can't go wrong with any of them...and even if you do you're still drinking. Cheers!
  • Shagun A.heart icon on user image
    Shagun AulakhJanuary 16, 2015
    The have great cocktails and an interesting eclectic menu. I got the #10 cocktail..tequila very mild and citrusy. Kale salad is good, but a big portion, ceviche is just right
  • Vic Z.heart icon on user image
    Vic ZaudDecember 17, 2014
    Drink menu changes monthly now. Incredible drinks. Latest for me is the Golden Fire hydrant. Tequilas and more. Try the Trick Dog hamburger!
  • Nathan W.
    Nathan WrightMay 30, 2017
    Stopped here after dinner on a business trip. Trick Dog was highly recommended by a friend who lives in SF. Loved the warm, fun vibe & inventive cocktails. Warning: they make 'em strong - watch out!
  • Epicurious
    EpicuriousAugust 3, 2014
    Order brilliant bar food—the signature Trick Dog of ground chuck and brisket with saucy fixings on a buttered hot-dog bun; radishes with Campari butter and smoked Maldon sea salt. Read more
  • Alex S.
    Alex StrausAugust 18, 2013
    The Atlantico Rum here is really good. So is the Ocho tequila. So is the evil woman cocktail. So is the Pierde Almas Mezcal. Drink that and have a high life w mathias and I promise you'll thank me
  • Kait G.
    Kait GaissMay 13, 2016
    3 things to love about this place: the menus, the cocktails, and the french fries. Would prefer to sit down upstairs the next time I come here, the scene below can be judgmental / not all that chill.
  • SFGate
    SFGateAugust 2, 2014
    Chef Chester Watson reinvents bar classics such as pimiento cheese spread with cheddar, Spanish cherry peppers and Carpano Antica sweet vermouth. Read more
  • Jinnie L.heart icon on user image
    Jinnie LNovember 3, 2014
    yummy drinks :) drink menu changes every 6 months.. this place has a great vibe. get craklins & scotch egg. try painted ladies, lombard street, alcatraz, n cliff house♥yum yum ~
  • Errol J.heart icon on user image
    Errol JacksonJanuary 21, 2017
    OMGeeeeeyaahh!! Great ambience and cool concept. Try the kale salad and all the cocktails. This place is a must 😃😃😜
  • Paull Y.heart icon on user image
    Paull YoungJuly 29, 2018
    Been here 5+ times
    My pick for coolest cocktail spot in SF. Great to visit in the early afternoon on the weekend for a couple of casual drinks.
  • Jessica R.
    Jessica RaeSeptember 3, 2013
    Fan through a Pantone color swatch menu of original cocktails, impeccably made, and chow on winning food (Peruvian popcorn or Fernet ice cream?) Just get there at early to avoid the crowds.
  • Cass G.heart icon on user image
    Cass GrimmJuly 31, 2017
    Cute concept, fun rotating menu. They had a dr. Seuss themed menu and a hot dog that was actually a tasty burger
  • Priyanka K.heart icon on user image
    Priyanka KanseJune 8, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Say hi to kenny, the greatest doorman in the world, and order your cocktails by number (#6 💞) but be warned this place gets busy and you might have to wait a while for your drink.
  • Eater
    EaterOctober 3, 2014
    Head for a drink at Trick Dog tonight and ask for Caitlin, she's been named to Food & Wine's inaugural class of Best New Mixologists. Read more
  • Rodrigo D.heart icon on user image
    Rodrigo DaviesAugust 13, 2013
    These guys are legit. Crowded place but superb bartenders who are fast and friendly. Rare instance of a popular place that lives up to the hype. Also the rice plate is very tasty.
  • Jenny U.heart icon on user image
    Jenny UngMarch 23, 2018
    Been here 10+ times
    Favorite place to get a cocktail. Love their seasonal menus and drinks, so creative and clever and the drinks are always amazing!
  • Julia M.
    Julia MaJuly 18, 2013
    Trendy bar with tasty cocktails. Perfect amount of people on Wednesday nights but probably too crowded on weekends. Cocktails are a bit expensive at $12.
  • Katherine M.heart icon on user image
    Katherine M.July 16, 2014
    Artisanal seasonal cocktails; the menu changes once every few months and is themed. Drinks can be hit or miss but are always creative. Try to avoid peak weekend hours because it gets quite crowded.
  • Jenny L.
    Jenny LAugust 30, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    If you're a glutard, get the rice plate, kale salad, and thrice cooked fries. Oh and ride that heatwave cocktail. 2 top is the way to go and not wait an eternity.
  • Max K.heart icon on user image
    Max KNovember 4, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Very attentive and friendly bartenders. The pantone menu is gone, they aren't serving any of the cool drinks all the tips mention. But the drinks they are serving are great!
  • Bryant P.
    Bryant PalmerApril 22, 2014
    Order the cauliflower. And the beef tartare. And the Trick dog. And drinks. Also dessert. All outstanding.
  • Becherovka Voyager
    Becherovka VoyagerSeptember 4, 2013
    Trick Dog is a hot spot for the lovers of of a good drink & a delicious meal. Get the best of both worlds when you venture out to the Mission for a lively night on the town with a Becherovka.
  • Mina R.
    Mina RJune 27, 2013
    Kale salad is huge and amazing. Fries are solid but heavy. Skip the minimal style. Straw hat and grandma's sweater are great complements. Light and refreshing cocktails.
  • Melissa E.heart icon on user image
    Melissa EApril 10, 2016
    The rotating cocktail menu is very cool. I was there with the Top Secret menu and loved the Area 51. The presentation was spectacular.
  • Luke B.
    Luke BornheimerAugust 17, 2016
    Known for excellent (and strong) cocktails, Trick Dogs also offers a delicious kale salad, thrice-cooked fries and a "top secret menu," among other things.
  • SFGate
    SFGateAugust 2, 2014
    Specialties: Trick Dog, a hamburger served in a hot dog bun; kale salad; charcuterie board; thrice-cooked fries. Read more
  • Lindsey K.heart icon on user image
    Lindsey KimJune 14, 2016
    Top notch craft cocktails. The "top secret" menu is super clever. Snack on the short rib tacos and chicken nuggets!
  • Travel + Leisure
    Travel + LeisureSeptember 27, 2013
    Drinks at this cocktail bar are named for Pantone colors and employ unusual spices and even the odd beet. Try Grandma’s Sweater, made with gin, blood orange, and a rhubarb liqueur.
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