With St. Patrick’s Day festivities around the corner, the San Francisco beer and cocktail scene is stirring the imaginations of locals and mixologists around the city. Whether you love craft beer or hand-crafted elixirs, San Francisco offers a vibrant nightlife with many cool bars and pubs that celebrate the city’s artisan drink culture. You don’t have to be Irish to celebrate this March; you just need an open mind and an empty glass.
This March, the city plays host to fun festivals where drinking is the main ingredient. Get your mug filled at the Craft Beer Festival on March 7th at the Fort Mason Center, and sample 150 beers, meads, and ciders from 75 local and national craft breweries. Then of course, there’s the St. Paddy’s Day Parade on March 14th, one of SF’s liveliest parades, where you have a great excuse to enjoy the hair of the dog before noon.
But in San Francisco, you don’t need a festival to indulge in a seasonal cocktail or a local brew. Here are some awesome, and hidden, bars in San Francisco that are changing the way San Francisco drinks, eats, and gets happy. Cheers.
Bourbon & Branch – With five hidden bars inside, this modern American speakeasy surrounds you in a lush interior as you sip seriously good whiskey and hand numbered bottles of Buffalo Trace, Noah’s Mill and Rittenhouse 21 Year.
The European – This ultra-hip bar in Union Square offers curated cocktails by Master Barman Adam Wilson. Check out one of the best happy hours in town with $5 bubble cocktails like the Flume, with plum and maple, and the Odori, with genepy and grapefruit.
The Hidden Vine – Tucked away in the Financial District, this cozy and romantic bar serves wine by the glass, flights, and over 800 bottles. And you can play Bocce.
Leopard Lounge – This Union Square bar upstairs from the Romper Room is definitely the place to drink and get wild. They even offer a secret menu.
Remedie – This cozy, dimly lit bar in North Beach serves restorative drinks that double as remedies. So stop by this hidden gem and toast to your good health.
Urban Putt – Who doesn’t love drinking and playing mini golf? Duh, nobody. That’s why this new bar and in the Presidio is the perfect watering hole for sipping, putting and partying.
Where To Spend the Night
After imbibing on the town, spend the night at one of the city’s wonderful hotels in downtown, Union Square, the Financial District or North Beach. The Hilton San Francisco Financial District, The Inn at Union Square, King George and InterContinental Mark Hopkins are steps from the city’s best drinking spots. And if you’re still in the mood to experiment, ask the concierges where to sip, mingle and flirt.