Neat or on the Rocks: The Top 5 Scotch Bars in San Francisco

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Since Scotch is a pretty specific drink, I am going to branch out on this category to include all the fantastic whiskey bars in San Francisco. Here is a list of great venues to satisfy your craving for that malted drink on ice.

1 Whiskey Thieves

The name says it all. This bar is dedicated to serving a vast selection of whiskies, which guests can enjoy while socializing around a game of billards.

839 Geary St

San Francisco


2 Nihon Whisky Lounge

This lounge combines the best of Japanese cuisine with their love of whiskey. They have the largest single malt whiskey selections in the state with over 400 varieties, which guests can enjoy while munching on Japanese Izakaya (small plates).

1779 Folsom St

San Francisco


3 Bourbon & Branch

Playing up the prohibition theme to its core, this reservation only lounge requires an entry password after patrons ring the doorbell. Cocktails are king, including of course, their large selection of bourbon.

501 Jones St

San Francisco


4 The Alembic

This bar has garnered national attention when it was voted by GQ as one of the “Top American Cocktail Bars”.  They have pretty substantial menu of Scotch and whiskey and mix up some amazing concoctions.

1725 Haight St

San Francisco


5 Rye

With a name like “Rye” you know they are dedicated to whiskey. Patrons come here for their delectable cocktail mixology and the laid back atmosphere.

688 Geary St

San Francisco


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