415 Top 5 | Cocktail Bars

February 16, 2015

By: Nalina A.

After living in San Francisco for almost 4 years, and spending most of that time eating and drinking my way through the city, I figure I would share my findings. San Francisco is full of phenomenal restaurants, bars, activities, viewpoints and thousands of ways to fight boredom. Get out there and enjoy this beautiful city we live in. This week, I’m sharing my 5 favorite places to grab a cocktail.

1.) <a href="http://www.rickhousebar.com">Rickhouse</a> 246 Kearney Street- Financial District <br>I'm usually not one to promote the consumption of punch, but Rickhouse has some great punch bowls. This isn't your typical fishbowl with 20 straws and an inevitable migraine. Rickhouse makes these punchbowls with as much love as they put in to their cocktails.  High quality ingredients, and all chilled with an ice block of fresh sliced fruit. They present it in a white porcelain bowl and teacups which classes up the whole experience. If you are not in the mood for a punch bowl, they also have a variety of amazing cocktails. You can't go wrong. <br>
<a href="http://www.rickhousebar.com/">Image via</a> 2.) <a href="http://novelasf.com">Novela</a> 662 Mission Street- SOMA<br>Channel your inner Mad Men. Probably one of the best cocktail menus in the city, every drink is handcrafted and awesome. I had the Babette last time I was there and it was amazing. If you've ever been to Milk &amp; Honey in NYC I would say the drinks are pretty comparable, and half the price… Love the ambiance as well. If you work in the financial district, this is a short walk after work for a drink, go ahead, you've earned it. <br>
<a href="http://novelasf.com/">Image via</a> 3.) <a href="http://eltechosf.com">El Techo</a> 2518 Mission Street- Mission <br>Who doesn't love a rooftop? This is the bar that's part of the great restaurant Lolinda, and has amazing views of the city. If you plan to eat anywhere in the Mission, make sure you come here for a drink first. Great views, good crowd, awesome drinks.<br>
<a href="http://foodeaser.com/">Image via</a> 4.) <a href="http://www.marengosf.com">Marengo</a> 1980 Union Street- Cow Hollow <br>If you like whiskey, you'll love this place, if you don't like whiskey, you will still love this place. Right on Union, bypass going downstairs to Bar None and head up to Marengo. The back bar has a retractable roof that they open up on sunny days, so you can pretend you're not wasting the day in a bar. They have a great whiskey cocktail list, the Foggy Rose is one of my favorites. Fresh muddled strawberry's, whiskey and other goodness. They have delicious queso and sliders if you get hungry, if this place served fro yo too, I would really have no reason to leave. <br>
<a href="http://www.urbandaddy.com/">Image via</a> 5.) <a href="http://reedandgreenough.com">Reed &amp; Greenough</a> 3251 Scott Street- Marina<br>Refreshing change of pace from the standard Chestnut street scene. It's a great place to grab a drink, plenty of seating and some pool tables in the back if you're feeling especially active. Definitely the best Greyhound I have had in the city. They use freshly squeezed grapefruit juice, which really makes this cocktail taste more like a pressed juice. So it's healthy…You're welcome.<br>
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4.) Marengo 1980 Union Street- Cow Hollow
If you like whiskey, you'll love this place, if you don't like whiskey, you will still love this place. Right on Union, bypass going downstairs to Bar None and head up to Marengo. The back bar has a retractable roof that they open up on sunny days, so you can pretend you're not wasting the day in a bar. They have a great whiskey cocktail list, the Foggy Rose is one of my favorites. Fresh muddled strawberry's, whiskey and other goodness. They have delicious queso and sliders if you get hungry, if this place served fro yo too, I would really have no reason to leave.
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xx, Nalina