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ABV (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

If you’re looking for mezcal, stop by this Mission District bar. Ryan Fitzgerald, one of ABV’s founding partners, is the brand ambassador for Del Maguey, and has gathered an impressive range of the brand’s mezcals, as well as a careful selection of Tequila, rare...Read Full Story

Anina (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

From the team at Brass Tacks, Anina opened its doors nearby in March 2017, just in time to take advantage of the weather with what may be the most agreeable outdoor...Read Full Story

Smuggler's Cove (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Behind a veneer of tinted glass on a quiet block in Hayes Valley, Smuggler’s Cove looks like it was decorated by Captain Hook after a few too many Mai Tais. The drink menu features more than 80 cocktails from...Read Full Story

Whitechapel (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

For a religious experience with gin, make the pilgrimage to Whitechapel in the Tenderloin. Named after the famous East End district where “mother’s ruin” poured freely while Jack the Ripper was lurking in the alleyways, the space looks like...Read Full Story

Benjamin Cooper (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

To find Benjamin Cooper, walk through the lobby of the G Hotel off Union Square, up a flight of stairs and through an unmarked black door. Hidden and unassuming, it’s run by SF bar veterans Brian Felley and Mo Hodges, and they clearly know their stuff....Read Full Story

Bar Agricole (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

At Bar Agricole, proprietor Thad Vogler mixes fresh ingredients with a tightly curated spirits list that stresses small-production artisan products—it’s the spirituous equivalent of an indie record shop. Try the Ti’ Punch, made with the wonderfully grassy La Favorite Rhum Agricole Blanc and cane syrup...Read Full Story

Prizefighter (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

After stints at Bourbon & Branch and Beretta in SF, Jon Santer crossed the Bay in 2011 to open Prizefighter in Emeryville. The drinks lean toward brisk refreshment rather than spirituous weight, perfect companions to the large outdoor patio and the East Bay’s fog-free...Read Full Story

The Treasury (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

The Treasury, set in the airy marble interior of the Beaux Arts Standard Oil Building, offers a pleasant escape from the packed streets of the Financial District. Unwind while sipping on a Smoke & Mirrors (Anchor Old Tom Gin, smoked tea, pineapple gomme, bitters). Or forgo the cocktails...Read Full Story

Bourbon Empire: The Past and Future of America’s Whiskey (Book Review)

Bourbon labels may reference legendary Kentucky pioneers and cherished secret recipes, but, as Reid Mitenbuler points out in Bourbon Empire: The Past and Future of America’s Whiskey, these stories are often little more than marketing ploys designed to establish an aura of authenticity. Focusing on a...Read Full Story

Three Centuries of San Francisco Cocktails (Book Review)

Duggan McDonnell tended bar at Absinthe and the Starlight Room, two instigators of the San Francisco cocktail renaissance, before opening Read Full Story

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