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12 San Francisco Bars for Rum Lovers

Enjoy original BACARDÍ cocktails that channel the effortless cool of the City By the Bay.

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Pacific Cocktail Heaven’s Miso Old Fashioned.
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Seasons in San Francisco don’t quite look like seasons anywhere else. But this time of year, there’s only one thing on everyone’s mind: spending time outdoors.

When you’re outside all day, it’s only natural to have a drink in hand. It’s the time to unwind and delight in the joys of this great city: Music, camaraderie, our glorious environment, and, especially, great food and drink. Whether you’re searching for a Tiki-inspired drink featuring BACARDÍ, a classic daiquiri, or a simple rum and coke, San Francisco is a world-class drinking city, and the summer season calls for a killer cocktail. Here are the best bars to grab a beautifully crafted drink, in anticipation of all the fun to come.

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Pitt's Pub

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Long known as Pittsburgh’s Pub, this Outer Sunset staple was the dive to beat all dives – with die-hard neighborhood regulars morning and night, pool and pinball machines, and a rather run-down charm. Today, it’s been revamped (and cleaned up) by the team behind White Cap, but retained much of its low-key locals’ appeal – a place for draft beer and catching the football  game, not a six-ingredient craft cocktail. Still, their classic drinks are more than worth an order, like their take on the Hurricane made with both BACARDÍ Superior Rum and BACARDÍ Ocho Rum. (Perhaps wisely, given the notorious strength of the drink, there’s a limit of two per customer.) 

The Hurricane
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White Cap

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Far down Taraval Street, just two blocks from the epic Ocean Beach, White Cap is the kind of local bar with personality that any neighborhood would be lucky to have. With real craft cocktail expertise but a laid-back vibe befitting the surfer-friendly Outer Sunset, it’s a place to appreciate a great drink with zero pretenses. While their takes on the Manhattan and Martini are menu staples for a reason, try the summer-friendly Switch Stance – a sophisticated slushie with BACARDÍ Cuatro Rum, lime, and smoked banana.

Lost and Found Cocktail Bar

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While locals should feel lucky to consider Lost and Found their neighborhood haunt, it’s worth anyone’s trip out to the Outer Sunset to experience its charm. With no trace of attitude or pretension, it’s a welcoming place for garlic noodles and birria tacos, a hazy IPA on draft, or, crucially, a cocktail. Inspired and well-made, their highlights include the Parkside Punch, made with BACARDÍ Cuatro Rum, Ancho Reyes liqueur, guava and citrus, and salted plum li hing powder.

Pacific Catch

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What is San Francisco without its great seafood? Thanks to the rich Pacific waters, there’s nowhere better to enjoy the freshest fish, shellfish, and more. Pacific Catch, in the Inner Sunset, has a creative take on everything from poke bowls to ahi burgers and guajillo shrimp tacos. Just across from Golden Gate Park, it’s a great stop before or after a festival (or any of the park’s other incredible events). And there’s no better match for great seafood than an expertly made cocktail. Try their riff on the tiki classic Painkiller, made with BACARDÍ Ocho Rum, coconut, and orange.

Madrone Art Bar

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Some bars can get predictable; others deliver a different experience every time you walk in the door. Madrone Art Bar is the latter. With themed DJ nights, live music and open mic nights, and constantly rotating art installations, there’s always a new attraction, with one constant: the excellent drinks. Don’t miss the cheekily named, tropically-inspired New Wave Haircut, with BACARDÍ Ocho Rum, coconut, and the grapefruit liqueur pamplemousse.

Vico Cavone

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Neapolitan-style Italian fare and an all-are-welcome attitude in the heart of the Castro; what’s not to like? Whether you stop in for happy hour, an indulgent dinner, or the monthly Queen’s Brunch with live drag performances, Vico Cavone is a must-visit. Try the Sapore di Mare, with BACARDÍ Superior Rum, curaçao, orgeat, lime, and a dusting of nut powder; or the Lava, starring BACARDÍ Dragonberry Flavored Rum.

The Sapore di Mare
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Last Rites

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Not quite a Tiki bar, but with a darkly escapist feel to it, Last Rites is an immersive kind of place, as notable for its nine-foot skulls and its barstools made from airplane seats (!) as its elaborate cocktails. Drawing heavily from the rum-heavy world of tiki, their standout cocktails include the No Doctor On Board, pairing BACARDÍ Cuatro Rum with oloroso sherry, brandy, noyaux, gin, curaçao, and pandan cream. 

The Beehive

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Channeling the freewheeling 1960s, The Beehive is a stylish Mission throwback embracing both mid-century vibes and modern classic cocktails. Their style of drinking is smart but endlessly fun, as shown in their rummy riff on the Espresso Martini, with BACARDÍ Ocho Rum and current bartender darling Mr. Black Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur.

The Espresso Martini
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Wildhawk

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Intimate, sexy, friendly, and a little offbeat, this Mission District bar is a San Francisco favorite for a reason. Always thoughtful, yet never overwrought, their cocktails are full of personality. Tempting as their notable selections of wine and sherry or their top-notch house martinis might be, it’s worth perusing the cocktail list for something a little more novel – their more creative libations are always first-class. Case in point: the Echa Pa’lante, pairing BACARDÍ Ocho Rum with rose, sake, and vermouth.

The Echa Pa’lante
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Pacific Cocktail Haven

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Indisputably one of the best bars in the city, “PCH” has weathered it all – not just the pandemic, but a catastrophic fire that destroyed its original location – and come out even better than before. Owner Kevin Diedrich’s drinks are as compelling as ever, thoughtful creations balancing international, often Asian-inspired elements with the very best spirits. This summer? You can’t go wrong with the Miso Old Fashioned (with BACARDÍ Ocho Rum, brandy-based Pommeau, and a miso butter) or the brilliantly named Sweating in a Sundress, with BACARDÍ Cuatro Rum, mango, oat, and cinnamon.

Sweating in a Sundress
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Lost Resort

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With an expansive patio and low-key, vacation-inspired vibe, Lost Resort is one of the most appealing bars in the Mission, both for its snackable menu and its easy-drinking, but always sophisticated cocktails. Any espresso martini fan will adore the richer, Caribbean-inflected Cafe Con Cuatro, with BACARDÍ Cuatro Rum, Mr. Black Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur, coconut, and cinnamon.

While downtown San Francisco isn’t always your best bet for an excellent bar, Novela is an exception; inspired by the aesthetics and themes of great literature, it’s a book-lined haven and a perfect place for a leisurely cocktail. Their house-made punches are a mainstay of the menu; don’t miss the fruity Mango Rum Punch, with BACARDÍ Cuatro Rum, mango, lychee, clementine, and lime.

This advertising content was produced in collaboration between Vox Creative and our sponsor, without involvement from Vox Media editorial staff.

Pitt's Pub

The Hurricane
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Long known as Pittsburgh’s Pub, this Outer Sunset staple was the dive to beat all dives – with die-hard neighborhood regulars morning and night, pool and pinball machines, and a rather run-down charm. Today, it’s been revamped (and cleaned up) by the team behind White Cap, but retained much of its low-key locals’ appeal – a place for draft beer and catching the football  game, not a six-ingredient craft cocktail. Still, their classic drinks are more than worth an order, like their take on the Hurricane made with both BACARDÍ Superior Rum and BACARDÍ Ocho Rum. (Perhaps wisely, given the notorious strength of the drink, there’s a limit of two per customer.) 

The Hurricane
Image courtesy of BACARDÍ

White Cap

Far down Taraval Street, just two blocks from the epic Ocean Beach, White Cap is the kind of local bar with personality that any neighborhood would be lucky to have. With real craft cocktail expertise but a laid-back vibe befitting the surfer-friendly Outer Sunset, it’s a place to appreciate a great drink with zero pretenses. While their takes on the Manhattan and Martini are menu staples for a reason, try the summer-friendly Switch Stance – a sophisticated slushie with BACARDÍ Cuatro Rum, lime, and smoked banana.

Lost and Found Cocktail Bar

While locals should feel lucky to consider Lost and Found their neighborhood haunt, it’s worth anyone’s trip out to the Outer Sunset to experience its charm. With no trace of attitude or pretension, it’s a welcoming place for garlic noodles and birria tacos, a hazy IPA on draft, or, crucially, a cocktail. Inspired and well-made, their highlights include the Parkside Punch, made with BACARDÍ Cuatro Rum, Ancho Reyes liqueur, guava and citrus, and salted plum li hing powder.

Pacific Catch

What is San Francisco without its great seafood? Thanks to the rich Pacific waters, there’s nowhere better to enjoy the freshest fish, shellfish, and more. Pacific Catch, in the Inner Sunset, has a creative take on everything from poke bowls to ahi burgers and guajillo shrimp tacos. Just across from Golden Gate Park, it’s a great stop before or after a festival (or any of the park’s other incredible events). And there’s no better match for great seafood than an expertly made cocktail. Try their riff on the tiki classic Painkiller, made with BACARDÍ Ocho Rum, coconut, and orange.

Madrone Art Bar

Some bars can get predictable; others deliver a different experience every time you walk in the door. Madrone Art Bar is the latter. With themed DJ nights, live music and open mic nights, and constantly rotating art installations, there’s always a new attraction, with one constant: the excellent drinks. Don’t miss the cheekily named, tropically-inspired New Wave Haircut, with BACARDÍ Ocho Rum, coconut, and the grapefruit liqueur pamplemousse.

Vico Cavone

The Sapore di Mare
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Neapolitan-style Italian fare and an all-are-welcome attitude in the heart of the Castro; what’s not to like? Whether you stop in for happy hour, an indulgent dinner, or the monthly Queen’s Brunch with live drag performances, Vico Cavone is a must-visit. Try the Sapore di Mare, with BACARDÍ Superior Rum, curaçao, orgeat, lime, and a dusting of nut powder; or the Lava, starring BACARDÍ Dragonberry Flavored Rum.

The Sapore di Mare
Image courtesy of BACARDÍ

Last Rites

Not quite a Tiki bar, but with a darkly escapist feel to it, Last Rites is an immersive kind of place, as notable for its nine-foot skulls and its barstools made from airplane seats (!) as its elaborate cocktails. Drawing heavily from the rum-heavy world of tiki, their standout cocktails include the No Doctor On Board, pairing BACARDÍ Cuatro Rum with oloroso sherry, brandy, noyaux, gin, curaçao, and pandan cream. 

The Beehive

The Espresso Martini
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Channeling the freewheeling 1960s, The Beehive is a stylish Mission throwback embracing both mid-century vibes and modern classic cocktails. Their style of drinking is smart but endlessly fun, as shown in their rummy riff on the Espresso Martini, with BACARDÍ Ocho Rum and current bartender darling Mr. Black Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur.

The Espresso Martini
Image courtesy of BACARDÍ

Wildhawk

The Echa Pa’lante
Image courtesy of BACARDÍ and Wildhawk

Intimate, sexy, friendly, and a little offbeat, this Mission District bar is a San Francisco favorite for a reason. Always thoughtful, yet never overwrought, their cocktails are full of personality. Tempting as their notable selections of wine and sherry or their top-notch house martinis might be, it’s worth perusing the cocktail list for something a little more novel – their more creative libations are always first-class. Case in point: the Echa Pa’lante, pairing BACARDÍ Ocho Rum with rose, sake, and vermouth.

The Echa Pa’lante
Image courtesy of BACARDÍ and Wildhawk

Pacific Cocktail Haven

Sweating in a Sundress
Image courtesy of BACARDÍ and Pacific Cocktail Heaven

Indisputably one of the best bars in the city, “PCH” has weathered it all – not just the pandemic, but a catastrophic fire that destroyed its original location – and come out even better than before. Owner Kevin Diedrich’s drinks are as compelling as ever, thoughtful creations balancing international, often Asian-inspired elements with the very best spirits. This summer? You can’t go wrong with the Miso Old Fashioned (with BACARDÍ Ocho Rum, brandy-based Pommeau, and a miso butter) or the brilliantly named Sweating in a Sundress, with BACARDÍ Cuatro Rum, mango, oat, and cinnamon.

Sweating in a Sundress
Image courtesy of BACARDÍ and Pacific Cocktail Heaven

Lost Resort

With an expansive patio and low-key, vacation-inspired vibe, Lost Resort is one of the most appealing bars in the Mission, both for its snackable menu and its easy-drinking, but always sophisticated cocktails. Any espresso martini fan will adore the richer, Caribbean-inflected Cafe Con Cuatro, with BACARDÍ Cuatro Rum, Mr. Black Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur, coconut, and cinnamon.

Novela

While downtown San Francisco isn’t always your best bet for an excellent bar, Novela is an exception; inspired by the aesthetics and themes of great literature, it’s a book-lined haven and a perfect place for a leisurely cocktail. Their house-made punches are a mainstay of the menu; don’t miss the fruity Mango Rum Punch, with BACARDÍ Cuatro Rum, mango, lychee, clementine, and lime.

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