San Francisco bars

Jessica Christian/Special to the S.f. ExaminerFormer Burritt Room barman Kevin Diedrich

New SF bar openings, limes are back, glove law update

Here’s a roundup of bar news, a little history and recent openings…

Jessica Christian/Special to the S.f. ExaminerFormer Burritt Room barman Kevin Diedrich
JUAN PARDO/SPECIAL TO THE S.F. EXAMINERBar manager Anthony Keels says Verbena

Verbena reflects its name inside the glass and on the plate

Verbena is a genus of semi-woody flowering plants, so it’s fitting that…

JUAN PARDO/SPECIAL TO THE S.F. EXAMINERBar manager Anthony Keels says Verbena
Juan Pardo/special to the S.F. ExaminerThe cozy Geary Club has all the comforts of home

A sweet drink at the new Tosca Lounge and other musings from SF bars

The Tosca Lounge is up and running, and former Big moonlight bartender…

Juan Pardo/special to the S.F. ExaminerThe cozy Geary Club has all the comforts of home
Juan Pardo/Special to the S.f. ExaminerTrad’r Sam patrons opt for shots and beers over mai tais these days.

Once a pioneer in SF Tiki bar culture, Trad’r Sam is now just another bar

It was April 20 in San Francisco. Some folks were celebrating the…

Juan Pardo/Special to the S.f. ExaminerTrad’r Sam patrons opt for shots and beers over mai tais these days.
Juan Pardo/Special to the S.f. ExaminerThe Wild Side West

Taking a walk in SF’s Wild Side West bar

Three straight guys step into a lesbian bar. ... That could be…

Juan Pardo/Special to the S.f. ExaminerThe Wild Side West
Mike Hendrickson/Special to the S.f. ExaminerA bartender chats with patrons at The Old Ship Saloon

The Old Ship Saloon, where the drinks came with a special twist

Since moving to the Old Barbary Coast neighborhood, I’ve heard tales of…

Mike Hendrickson/Special to the S.f. ExaminerA bartender chats with patrons at The Old Ship Saloon
Mike Koozmin/The S.f. ExaminerBar manager Ashley Miller uses sous vide techniques

Alta CA in SF is experimenting with your drinking experience

Step into Alta CA’s mid-Market Street space and you can feel something…

Mike Koozmin/The S.f. ExaminerBar manager Ashley Miller uses sous vide techniques

Is the craft cocktail movement getting out of hand?

Is the craft cocktail renaissance moving at such a fast pace that…

Mike Hendrickson/Special to the S.F. ExaminerNorth Beach’s gritty Saloon has the feel — and fragrance — of decades of history.

Saloon: SF’s oldest bar has plenty of stories to tell

Editor’s note: Behind the Stick will begin featuring stories from time to…

Mike Hendrickson/Special to the S.F. ExaminerNorth Beach’s gritty Saloon has the feel — and fragrance — of decades of history.
Mike Koozmin/the S.f. Examiner

SF waiter can be your SF nightlife tour guide, if you’re willing to ask

San Francisco is an easy city to love. It’s built on great…

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Alex Leber/2013 S.f. Examiner file photoVeteran drink master Scott Beattie and other food-industry workers around the state are pushing back against a new law that requires bartenders to glove up for any contact with food

SF booze industry pushes back on new glove law

Bay Area bar veteran Scott Beattie is known by his peers as…

Alex Leber/2013 S.f. Examiner file photoVeteran drink master Scott Beattie and other food-industry workers around the state are pushing back against a new law that requires bartenders to glove up for any contact with food

When the bars close, a whole new world opens

It’s 1:36 in the morning — just in time for last call,…

MIke Koozmin/ 2013 file photoBartender Christian Clark kept the drinks flowing at Big before Marriott snapped up the adjoining hotel slamming the door on an intimate rendezvous point.

A bar by any other name is still the place to be

Well, this is it: The Meet Your Mixologist column has run its…

MIke Koozmin/ 2013 file photoBartender Christian Clark kept the drinks flowing at Big before Marriott snapped up the adjoining hotel slamming the door on an intimate rendezvous point.
Evan DuCharme/special to the S.F. ExaminerMini Bar bartender Genevieve Coleman will be showing her artwork as part of an upcoming Dia de los Muertos show at the Divisadero Street hot spot.

Mini Bar pairing fine cocktails and fine art

Mini Bar With narrow, long proportions reminiscent of a shotgun shack, this…

Evan DuCharme/special to the S.F. ExaminerMini Bar bartender Genevieve Coleman will be showing her artwork as part of an upcoming Dia de los Muertos show at the Divisadero Street hot spot.
evan ducharme/special to the s.f. examinerJohnny Boswell says Bitters’ barbecue is a crowd pleaser. “If you can’t enjoy some wonderful smoked brisket

Alchemist bartender Krystal Khorge gets a kick out of mixology

Climb the many steps to this lounge overlooking Third Street and you…

evan ducharme/special to the s.f. examinerJohnny Boswell says Bitters’ barbecue is a crowd pleaser. “If you can’t enjoy some wonderful smoked brisket
Evan DuCharme/Special to The S.F. ExaminerJason Rosensteel of Blur walked away the tech industry to bartend

Blur bartender leaves tech world for real-life networking

Depending on who's pouring the drinks, this place is either a dive…

Evan DuCharme/Special to The S.F. ExaminerJason Rosensteel of Blur walked away the tech industry to bartend
Evan DuCharme/Special to The S.F. ExaminerJason Rosensteel of Blur walked away the tech industry to bartend

Coqueta in San Francisco puts a Spanish twist on cocktails

Coqueta This popular, crowded Spanish restaurant and bar on The Embarcadero is…

Evan DuCharme/Special to The S.F. ExaminerJason Rosensteel of Blur walked away the tech industry to bartend
Evan DuCharme/Special to The S.F. ExaminerJason Rosensteel of Blur walked away the tech industry to bartend

Delarosa bartender Will Smith takes his work home with him

Delarosa Marina district folks come to this small, modern pizzeria and bar…

Evan DuCharme/Special to The S.F. ExaminerJason Rosensteel of Blur walked away the tech industry to bartend
Evan DuCharme/Special to The S.F. ExaminerJason Rosensteel of Blur walked away the tech industry to bartend

At Range, the bar is an extension of the kitchen

Range Within its sage-colored walls, bartenders pull chilled glasses from an old…

Evan DuCharme/Special to The S.F. ExaminerJason Rosensteel of Blur walked away the tech industry to bartend
Evan DuCharme/Special to The S.F. ExaminerJason Rosensteel of Blur walked away the tech industry to bartend

Starbelly makes the most of liquor-less drinks

Starbelly Many San Franciscans remember this as the space once occupied by…

Evan DuCharme/Special to The S.F. ExaminerJason Rosensteel of Blur walked away the tech industry to bartend