San Francisco bars

The bar in Cafe Du Nord serves great drinks and is pleasantly unpretentious. (Michael Ares/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Cafe Du Nord returns with masterful cocktails

The Bon Vivants are at it again. The cocktail trio have taken…

 

Gabrielle Lurie/Special to the S.f. ExaminerTroy Bayless

At Hawker Fare, take your perfectly paired cocktail upstairs or downstairs

In a city as cramped and expensive as San Francisco, businesses need…

 

Mike Koozmin/S.F. ExaminerPatrons enjoy beer and food at Mikkeller in the Union Square-Nob Hill area

The rise of the beer bar in SF

With a full-scale liquor license, called a Type 47 and costing upward…

 

Gabrielle Lurie/Special to the S.f. ExaminerJeffrey Crolius tends bar

Big 4 might be a small bar but it's big on history

There's a lot of history tucked into the tiny bar and restaurant…

Gabrielle Lurie/Special to the S.f. ExaminerJeffrey Crolius tends bar
Gabrielle Lurie/Special to the S.F. ExaminerLongtime bartender

King of craft cocktails is back on the SF bar scene

Kevin Diedrich is putting drinks in the glass that will awaken even…

Gabrielle Lurie/Special to the S.F. ExaminerLongtime bartender
Gabrielle Lurie/Special to the S.F. ExaminerThe Nite Cap

Bar closings and openings around SF

If you ever had the privilege of stepping into Big, then you…

Gabrielle Lurie/Special to the S.F. ExaminerThe Nite Cap
ALL:Gabrielle Lurie/Special to the S.f. ExaminerOwner Shawn Vergara wanted to create a bar that quenched the thirst of beer drinkers while allowing them to play their favorite old video games.

Brewcade brings SF classic video games over a beer

With its rows of lovingly preserved, vintage coin-op machines, the recently opened…

ALL:Gabrielle Lurie/Special to the S.f. ExaminerOwner Shawn Vergara wanted to create a bar that quenched the thirst of beer drinkers while allowing them to play their favorite old video games.
Rhys Alvarado/Special to the S.F. Examinerhris Wright of Elixir To Go makes drinks for attendees at the California Historical Society's "Historic Libations

California Historical Society pays tribute to SF's cocktail legacy

In today's age of advanced drinking and complicated cocktail recipes, it's nice…

Rhys Alvarado/Special to the S.F. Examinerhris Wright of Elixir To Go makes drinks for attendees at the California Historical Society's "Historic Libations
Gabrielle Lurie/Special to The S.F. Examiner<p>For H. Joseph Ehrmann

Early SF cocktail renaissance adopter Elixir has grown up

I remember the first time I stepped into Elixir. I was fairly…

Gabrielle Lurie/Special to The S.F. Examiner<p>For H. Joseph Ehrmann
<p>Gabrielle Lurie/Special to the S.F. ExaminerJonny Raglin

How to stick out in the saturated SF bar scene

The common line around San Francisco these days is that there are…

<p>Gabrielle Lurie/Special to the S.F. ExaminerJonny Raglin
Mike Koozmin/The S.f. ExaminerMike Koozmin/The S.F. Examiner

Musings, observations, news and a sip of history in San Francisco

On a recent walk through the Old Barbary Coast area with Cantina…

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Mike Koozmin/The S.f. ExaminerThe Silver Crest opened in 1970 and has never closed

Silver Crest: It’s a bar, it’s a diner, it’s a doughnut shop — and it never closes

It's Sunday night just before last call and I'm eating a cinnamon…

Mike Koozmin/The S.f. ExaminerThe Silver Crest opened in 1970 and has never closed
Mike Koozmin/The S.f. ExaminerEmpress of China bartender Ken Wu speaks with patrons at the rooftop bar.

Saying goodbye to SF’s Empress of China

I'm the self-proclaimed king of Chinatown. About six months ago, I moved…

Mike Koozmin/The S.f. ExaminerEmpress of China bartender Ken Wu speaks with patrons at the rooftop bar.
Mike Koozmin/The S.f. ExaminerBar owner Jon Gasparini mixes gin and bitters at a newly established commissary kitchen used to prep components for his bar service.

Commissary kitchen concept comes to SF cocktail world

When people think of a commissary kitchen, they often envision a space…

Mike Koozmin/The S.f. ExaminerBar owner Jon Gasparini mixes gin and bitters at a newly established commissary kitchen used to prep components for his bar service.
Erica Marquez/Special to the S.F. examinerBroken Record bartender Brett Davis can help you pick out a top shot of whiskey

Broken Record bartender will help you mine the vast whiskey offerings

Some of the dart champion pseudonyms commemorated on the plaques in Broken…

Erica Marquez/Special to the S.F. examinerBroken Record bartender Brett Davis can help you pick out a top shot of whiskey
ERICA MARQUEZ/SPECIAL TO THE S.F. EXAMINERKelly Puleio

Photographer Kelly Puleio finds sex appeal in cocktails

Kelly Puleio has always felt comfortable behind a camera. At 17, she…

ERICA MARQUEZ/SPECIAL TO THE S.F. EXAMINERKelly Puleio
ERICA MARQUEZ/SPECIAL TO THE S.F. EXAMINER

New SF gastropub Barrel Head Brewhouse is doing boozy things with beer

I enjoy seeing bartenders making their rounds about San Francisco, starting programs…

ERICA MARQUEZ/SPECIAL TO THE S.F. EXAMINER
Nathaniel Y. Downes/Special to the S.F. ExaminerHana Roschuni serves a drink at The European

Celebrate tequila and new and old bars in SF this week

Thursday is National Tequila Day, and Alchemist near AT&T Park is celebrating…

Nathaniel Y. Downes/Special to the S.F. ExaminerHana Roschuni serves a drink at The European
Nathaniel Y. Downes/Special to the S.F. ExaminerThe Hotel Utah Saloon on the corner of Bryant and 4th Street in SOMA is the second oldest bar in The City; it was built in 1908

In an ever-changing SF, the Hotel Utah Saloon remains the same

It’s a few days after the Fourth of July and I’m hanging…

Nathaniel Y. Downes/Special to the S.F. ExaminerThe Hotel Utah Saloon on the corner of Bryant and 4th Street in SOMA is the second oldest bar in The City; it was built in 1908
Nathaniel Y. Downes/Special to the S.f. ExaminerVictoria D’Amato-Moran

SF native defies the odds — and her kin — with drink syrups venture

Ever since she was a child, Victoria D’Amato-Moran was told by her…

Nathaniel Y. Downes/Special to the S.f. ExaminerVictoria D’Amato-Moran