San Francisco Cocktail Bars

Posted on Friday, October 12th, 2012

San Francisco Cocktail Bars –

On our recent San Francisco adventure, we hit some terrific cocktail bars. I had been following Elixir on facebook, and knew their craft cocktails would be just my style. Their location in the Mission district was handy to all of our foodie stops as well. Elixir didn’t disappoint – very friendly bartender, and wonderful drinks.

For a whole lot of kitsch, we spent one happy hour at the Fairmont Hotel’s Tonga Room, in the Hurricane Bar. A tiki bar with entertaining thunder and lightening storms. My mai tai was great, and we even did the $10 all-you-can-eat happy hour buffet. At first it looked sort of dreadful, but it was surprisingly tasty. And who doesn’t like walking around the lobby of the Fairmont, one floor up.

From there it was on to Rickhouse. We walked into a packed bar at 7:30 p.m. on a Thursday night. We were the oldest people there, yet felt comfortable as can be. Loved the drinks and the high energy.

The following evening, our choice was Local Edition on Market Street. I found some of these places by checking out Eater San Francisco’s Bar Heatmap – their 15 top bars for Fall 2012. Local Edition was packed. We were the oldest in the room (again). The cocktails were good, and the service fine. I’m glad we checked it out, but one visit there will be plenty.

Our last evening found us at our favorite cocktail bar of the trip – Rye. It’s an easy walk from Union Square towards the Tenderloin. This place had my favorite aesthetic – industrial with a little edgy. We were early, so we could sit at the bar – our favorite thing to do. Our cocktails were the best, and we had a lively chat with our bartender. (This grey hair thing of mine really works – I’m sure I remind them of someone’s Mom.) We had to hit the road early the next day, or we would have stayed here much longer.

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