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10 Spots for Bourbon Cocktails in and Around San Francisco

From bona fide dives to century-old saloons and swanky jazz clubs

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San Francisco is a bourbon-loving city. And over the last decade, the city’s cutting-edge mixologists have made it as appealing a cocktail destination as a culinary one. But drinking in San Francisco isn’t all about the cocktail dens: Local bars are a proudly diverse bunch. Bulleit Bourbon believes the best way to support them and keep them pouring is by getting back to the bar — so much so, your first drink’s on them.

Local bars aren’t just a place to grab a drink — they’re pillars of community. To make that happen, Bulleit Bourbon has established a $250,000 fund that will reimburse your first drink back through their digital rebate program. You can submit your receipt at LocalBarSundays.com.*

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1. Goldfield Trading Post

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238 Vernon St
Roseville, CA 95678

It’s a bar, a restaurant, and a music venue — the newly-launched second location of Goldfield Trading Post is one of the most exciting destinations in Roseville. Paying homage to the region’s Gold Rush history, Goldfield has a laid-back charm and Wild West saloon appeal. It’s a place for indulgent bar food —  Ahi Tuna Poke Wonton Nachos, or Mariachi Tacos with bacon-wrapped shrimp. Given their excellent tap list, opt for a boilermaker — a good pour of Bulleit Bourbon alongside a local pint like the Henhouse Incredible IPA.  

2. The Monk's Cellar

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240 Vernon St
Roseville, CA 95678
(916) 786-6665
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Inspired by Belgium public houses, The Monk’s Cellar is a comfortable place to enjoy house-brewed beer, hearty sausages, or a steaming bowl of moules frites. A Bulleit Bourbon is the perfect accompaniment to their excellent beers on tap; the Biere Blanche, a Belgian-style witbier, is bright and citrusy, and an easy-drinking partner to Bulleit’s bold, spicy character.

3. Causwells

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2346 Chestnut St
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 447-6081
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Every neighborhood should have a Causwells — an inviting bistro with a notorious burger, killer brunch, and popular happy hour — but it’s the Marina that’s lucky enough to lay claim to this longtime favorite. Whenever you visit, there’s a burger for you — the smashed Americana Cheeseburger at dinner, or the brunch burger with fried egg and bacon, both just as good as the breathless reviews claim. With a hearty meal, you’ll want a stiff cocktail, like the Chamomile Ryed with chamomile-infused Bulleit Rye, clove, and honey. 

4. Tony's Pizza Napoletana

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1570 Stockton St
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 835-9888
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A true staple of North Beach, San Francisco’s Little Italy, Tony’s is the flagship restaurant of award-winning pizzaiolo Tony Gemignani. But locals know that there’s far more to Tony’s than the pizzas, as impressive as they are. The cocktails are as expertly made as the pies, like the Classic Rye Old Fashioned, with Bulleit Rye and a smart pairing of Angostura and orange bitters. 

5. Comstock Saloon

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155 Columbus Ave
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 617-0071
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There are any number of bars that try to recreate a pre-Prohibition vibe — but Comstock Saloon comes by its vintage charm honestly. The historic space dates back to 1907 and it retains its old-world character without ever tipping over into kitsch. It’s a place that makes you grateful for San Francisco in all its eccentric history. Naturally, classics dominate the cocktail menu, and you can’t go wrong with any whiskey drink: There’s nowhere better to order a Bulleit Sazerac.

6. Peacekeeper

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925 Bush St
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 504-2502
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Bright, open, and light-filled — with a retractable roof that lets the fresh air in, even right downtown — Peacekeeper is a welcoming refuge in Lower Nob Hill. While tequila and mezcal anchor the cocktail list, their whiskey cocktails are every bit as enticing. On one of San Francisco’s cherished, all-too-rare sunny days, there’s nowhere nicer to sip a Kentucky Mule made with Bulleit Bourbon, ginger ale, and a splash of fresh lime. 

7. Rye Bar

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688 Geary St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 474-4448
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A bar named after whiskey had better nail the whiskey classics. And thankfully, Rye more than delivers. Long before San Francisco seemed to have an impressive cocktail bar on every corner, Rye was serving expertly-made drinks. Low-lit and sophisticated, it’s among the most reliable spots in town for a beautifully crafted classic like a perfectly stirred Bulleit Manhattan.

8. Black Cat

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400 Eddy St
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 358-1999
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You go to a jazz club for the live music, the ambience, the crowd; not necessarily the drinks. But Black Cat is something special. Reopened this past summer after a year-long closure, this Tenderloin jazz club is now worth a visit as a supper club, too. Settle into an intimate booth; indulge in oysters with charred Meyer lemon granita, or the kitchen’s own burrata with citrus ricotta and crispy Serrano ham; and order a bright and refreshing Whiskey Sour with Bulleit Bourbon. 

9. Rooftop 25

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25 Lusk St
San Francisco, CA 94107

San Francisco isn’t much of a rooftop bar town — a constant shroud of fog is no friend to an outdoor drinker — but the sheltered, heated rooftop at 25 Lusk is an exception to the rule. The sophisticated menu strikes just the right balance of innovative and accessible: fermented garlic hummus with smoked paprika and vadouvan; a Dungeness crab roll with Meyer lemon and togarashi; chicken terrine with a black pepper waffle and farm egg. And since decadent fare is often best accompanied by an uncomplicated drink, keep your order simple: A Bulleit Bourbon with tonic and a lemon wedge is light and smooth enough to drink throughout dinner. 

10. Trick Dog

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3010 20th St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 471-2999
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After a 20-month closure, San Francisco’s most cutting-edge cocktail bar is finally back in business. Ever since its debut in 2013, Trick Dog has been known for their cerebral, high-concept menus. Their current list is themed around the Reformation, Renaissance, Enlightenment, and Roaring Twenties — times of vibrant change that each followed a devastating pandemic. (Historical optimism? We’ll take it.) Here, the bartenders know their craft, and their cocktail list, inside-out; ask about their whiskey drinks and they’ll lead you in the right direction.   

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1. Goldfield Trading Post

238 Vernon St, Roseville, CA 95678

It’s a bar, a restaurant, and a music venue — the newly-launched second location of Goldfield Trading Post is one of the most exciting destinations in Roseville. Paying homage to the region’s Gold Rush history, Goldfield has a laid-back charm and Wild West saloon appeal. It’s a place for indulgent bar food —  Ahi Tuna Poke Wonton Nachos, or Mariachi Tacos with bacon-wrapped shrimp. Given their excellent tap list, opt for a boilermaker — a good pour of Bulleit Bourbon alongside a local pint like the Henhouse Incredible IPA.  

238 Vernon St
Roseville, CA 95678

2. The Monk's Cellar

240 Vernon St, Roseville, CA 95678

Inspired by Belgium public houses, The Monk’s Cellar is a comfortable place to enjoy house-brewed beer, hearty sausages, or a steaming bowl of moules frites. A Bulleit Bourbon is the perfect accompaniment to their excellent beers on tap; the Biere Blanche, a Belgian-style witbier, is bright and citrusy, and an easy-drinking partner to Bulleit’s bold, spicy character.

240 Vernon St
Roseville, CA 95678

3. Causwells

2346 Chestnut St, San Francisco, CA 94123

Every neighborhood should have a Causwells — an inviting bistro with a notorious burger, killer brunch, and popular happy hour — but it’s the Marina that’s lucky enough to lay claim to this longtime favorite. Whenever you visit, there’s a burger for you — the smashed Americana Cheeseburger at dinner, or the brunch burger with fried egg and bacon, both just as good as the breathless reviews claim. With a hearty meal, you’ll want a stiff cocktail, like the Chamomile Ryed with chamomile-infused Bulleit Rye, clove, and honey. 

2346 Chestnut St
San Francisco, CA 94123

4. Tony's Pizza Napoletana

1570 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA 94133

A true staple of North Beach, San Francisco’s Little Italy, Tony’s is the flagship restaurant of award-winning pizzaiolo Tony Gemignani. But locals know that there’s far more to Tony’s than the pizzas, as impressive as they are. The cocktails are as expertly made as the pies, like the Classic Rye Old Fashioned, with Bulleit Rye and a smart pairing of Angostura and orange bitters. 

1570 Stockton St
San Francisco, CA 94133

5. Comstock Saloon

155 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

There are any number of bars that try to recreate a pre-Prohibition vibe — but Comstock Saloon comes by its vintage charm honestly. The historic space dates back to 1907 and it retains its old-world character without ever tipping over into kitsch. It’s a place that makes you grateful for San Francisco in all its eccentric history. Naturally, classics dominate the cocktail menu, and you can’t go wrong with any whiskey drink: There’s nowhere better to order a Bulleit Sazerac.

155 Columbus Ave
San Francisco, CA 94133

6. Peacekeeper

925 Bush St, San Francisco, CA 94109

Bright, open, and light-filled — with a retractable roof that lets the fresh air in, even right downtown — Peacekeeper is a welcoming refuge in Lower Nob Hill. While tequila and mezcal anchor the cocktail list, their whiskey cocktails are every bit as enticing. On one of San Francisco’s cherished, all-too-rare sunny days, there’s nowhere nicer to sip a Kentucky Mule made with Bulleit Bourbon, ginger ale, and a splash of fresh lime. 

925 Bush St
San Francisco, CA 94109

7. Rye Bar

688 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94102

A bar named after whiskey had better nail the whiskey classics. And thankfully, Rye more than delivers. Long before San Francisco seemed to have an impressive cocktail bar on every corner, Rye was serving expertly-made drinks. Low-lit and sophisticated, it’s among the most reliable spots in town for a beautifully crafted classic like a perfectly stirred Bulleit Manhattan.

688 Geary St
San Francisco, CA 94102

8. Black Cat

400 Eddy St, San Francisco, CA 94109

You go to a jazz club for the live music, the ambience, the crowd; not necessarily the drinks. But Black Cat is something special. Reopened this past summer after a year-long closure, this Tenderloin jazz club is now worth a visit as a supper club, too. Settle into an intimate booth; indulge in oysters with charred Meyer lemon granita, or the kitchen’s own burrata with citrus ricotta and crispy Serrano ham; and order a bright and refreshing Whiskey Sour with Bulleit Bourbon. 

400 Eddy St
San Francisco, CA 94109

9. Rooftop 25

25 Lusk St, San Francisco, CA 94107

San Francisco isn’t much of a rooftop bar town — a constant shroud of fog is no friend to an outdoor drinker — but the sheltered, heated rooftop at 25 Lusk is an exception to the rule. The sophisticated menu strikes just the right balance of innovative and accessible: fermented garlic hummus with smoked paprika and vadouvan; a Dungeness crab roll with Meyer lemon and togarashi; chicken terrine with a black pepper waffle and farm egg. And since decadent fare is often best accompanied by an uncomplicated drink, keep your order simple: A Bulleit Bourbon with tonic and a lemon wedge is light and smooth enough to drink throughout dinner. 

25 Lusk St
San Francisco, CA 94107

10. Trick Dog

3010 20th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

After a 20-month closure, San Francisco’s most cutting-edge cocktail bar is finally back in business. Ever since its debut in 2013, Trick Dog has been known for their cerebral, high-concept menus. Their current list is themed around the Reformation, Renaissance, Enlightenment, and Roaring Twenties — times of vibrant change that each followed a devastating pandemic. (Historical optimism? We’ll take it.) Here, the bartenders know their craft, and their cocktail list, inside-out; ask about their whiskey drinks and they’ll lead you in the right direction.   

3010 20th St
San Francisco, CA 94110

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