A Spirited Guide to the Best Cocktails in SF

January 14, 2022

While San Francisco is well-known for being a culinary hub, many don’t realize the city has been at the forefront of the craft cocktail revolution since the late 90s. In fact, the martini and mai thai both originated in the Bay area, as well as a number of other notable cocktails. Needless to say, San Francisco knows a thing or two about how to make a good cocktail. 

Read on for San Francisco’s best places to find a cocktail sure to lift your spirits.

Alchemist Bar & Lounge 

For your next night, head to Alchemist Bar & Lounge, situated around half a mile from The Harrison. This cocktail lounge boasts a number of innovative drinks, such as the Valley of the Voodoo dolls. Ingredients for this popular drink include Flor de Cana rum, Jamaican rums, Velvet Falernum, guava, jasmine, citrus and li hung mui. Another popular drink is Friendly Warning, consisting of tequila, pistachio, ancho verde, lavender and citrus. From the eclectic environment to the delicious drinks, it’s easy to understand why Alchemist Bar & Lounge is a favorite amongst locals.


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Located a mile and half from The Harrison, Peacekeeper is known for its light-filled, welcoming ambiance and tequila-centric cocktails. Their signature cocktail, simply called The Peacekeeper, is masterfully made with serrano, tequila, ginger, pineapple and lime. Aesthetically presented, this drink is perfect for those who want something refreshing, with a little added kick. In addition to its creative spin on cocktails, Peacekeeper is well-loved for its giant retractable roof, offering guests a unique indoor-outdoor cocktail experience. You can cozy up with your cocktail by the bonfire or bask in the sunshine.


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Calling all book lovers – we’ve got just the place for you. Novela is a book-themed bar that draws inspiration for its cocktails from famous works of literature. Between bookshelf-lined walls and cocktails with character, it’s hard to beat an evening spent here.  If you’re feeling adventurous, consider ordering an Atticus Finch, which consists of bourbon, earl gray, honey, and balsamic. An added perk is that Novela is located just over half a mile from The Harrison, so it might just become your go-to spot.

Tosca Cafe 

Considered one of the city’s most prominent drinking dins, Tosca Cafe has been a part of the community since opening in 1919. While the food here is noteworthy, the real start of the show is the House Cappuccino cocktail, a recipe that was created by Tosca Cafe in the heart of Prohibition. The recipe is made with steamed milk, bourbon, brandy and chocolate cocktail. This decadent drink is sure to leave a lasting impression. 


Enjoy your cocktail with your view at Cityscape. Located a mile away from The Harrison, San Francisco’s tallest sky bar offers 360 degree views of the city from the 46th floor of Union Square’s Hilton Hotel. In addition to offering seasonal mules, Cityscape is famous for their cocktail named Mission. The drink is made with Herradura, pomegranate juice, lime, simple syrup and a Tajin rim. 

Comstock Saloon 

Famous for their turn-of-the-century digs and house vintage cocktails, Comstock Saloon is situated just over a mile  from The Harrison. The bar occupies a historic saloon space that dates back to 1901, where legendary American boxer, Jack Dempsey, was once a bouncer. While it’s nearly impossible to go wrong with a cocktail here, this historic bar is known for their Pisco Punch, made with pisco, pineapple gum, and lemon. 

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