Mixology is very serious business in San Francisco. And with the spring weather really heating up, why not cool down with with a fabulous cocktail? Here are our top 5 picks for fabulous mixology in San Francisco.
Hakkasan gets our top spot for the best mixology in the city. Yes, the amazing 10,000-square-foot spot is also the top fine dining destination serving modern Cantonese cuisine. But why not head in a bit early and sit at the bar? Or even better - make the bar your all-night destination! Uber cool drinks like Orchid Pavillion, the Chinese Mule and Bon Vivant’s Coupette are just a few of the many amazing concoctions with the Hakkasan spin. Just take a coveted seat at the blue bar, relax, and watch the bartenders do their thing.
2 Roka Akor
Drinking at the Roka Bar is like heading into a secret sultry, dimly lit underground club. Roka's expansive cocktail program includes house-infused shochu, featuring locally-sourced ingredients like huckleberries and candy cap mushrooms. If that wasn't impressive enough, you'll find a provocative selection of spirits and an extensive whiskey list, including a cool mix of local flavor, small bottlings, and Japanese selections. Once you're downstairs, you may find that you don't want to leave!
We just love Spoonbar for it's welcoming, warm, open-air layout - a breath of fresh air in the world of dark, dimly lit cocktail lounges. Come for a bite and great ambiance, and stay for the cocktails. The drinks here are so pretty, you may not want to drink them! Here's a little tip...If you want to surprise someone for a special occasion, ask the bartender for the drink with a message on top. Tell them what you want it to say and they'll take it from there! Pretty cool, huh?
4 Upstairs Bar & Lounge
Bright lights and big club vibes are everything at Upstairs Bar & Lounge. Upstairs has been a local and tourist favorite of the W Hotel for many years - and for good reason. They've taken some classics and new ideas and crafted a very interesting drink menu. Specialty cocktails galore like the Golden Apple of Discord, Queen Bee and Strawberry Beret are ready and waiting.
5 The Thomas and Fagiani’s Bar
You can never go wrong at The Thomas and Fagiani's. From brunch to dinner to everything in between, the Thomas and Fagiani's is an all-around fantastic choice for food and drinks while you're in downtown Napa. But we cannot express enough praise for the stellar cocktail program. Boozy Lavendar Lemonade, the Bottled Old Cuban and the Pickled Ramp Gibson are just a few of the delicious and refreshing ways to start off (or end) the day!