3 Local Bars Serving up Unconventional Cocktails

July 29, 2021

Whether you’re searching for a memorable date night spot or a fun place to gather for birthday drinks, San Francisco is bursting with an array of original bars that serve unconventional cocktails. From rotating seasonal menus to one-of-a-kind cocktails and garnishes, read on for three of the top cocktail bars to visit in our beloved city.

Trick Dog

Named one of The World’s 50 Best Bars in 2019, Trick Dog is a buzzy watering hole that launches a new cocktail menu every six months. Drawing inspiration from everything from Dr. Seuss books to UFOs and astrological signs, each menu features one-of-a-kind cocktails that double as conversation starters and art pieces. Whether you’re game to try a cocktail infused with “Everything But the Bagel Seasoning” or interested in a miniature peanut butter and jelly sandwich garnish, this Mission District mainstay has something for everyone.

Pagan Idol

Located in San Francisco’s Financial District, Pagan Idol is an island-themed oasis complete with a bar hewn from the hull of a wood ship and an erupting volcano. Polynesian-inspired drinks (think pina coladas and mai tais) are served in whimsical glasses and topped with fun garnishes like plantain chips and flaming marshmallows. Patrons can order drinks in pineapples or coconuts for added flair. 

Holy Water

Lined with crucifixes, glass jars that once held holy water, and other religious emblems, Bernal Heights’ Holy Water is a kitschy dive bar that offers creative craft cocktails in a laidback environment. In addition to tried-and-true staples like Moscow Mules, Holy Water switches up its menu with unique new offerings like After the Gold Rush, a cocktail made with bourbon, apricot, and pineapple gum. Customers will want to come for the ambiance and original decor and stay for the innovative drink menu. Best of all, Holy Water is a dog-friendly bar, which means you can bring your pooch along for the adventure.

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