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Friday, January 27, 2012

San Francisco's Top 10 Cocktail Bars

Posted By on Fri, Jan 27, 2012 at 11:15 AM

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The Agricole Rhum Punch at Slanted Door's bar. - TAMARA PALMER
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  • The Agricole Rhum Punch at Slanted Door's bar.

5. Slanted Door, 1 Ferry Building (at Embarcadero).

Erik Adkins, bar manager for the Slanted Door, has maintained such a high standard at Charles Phan's flagship restaurant for so long that people have started taking the bar for granted. Its version of the Pisco Apricot Tropical (Marian Farms California Pisco, pineapple gum syrup, apricot brandy, lime, bitters) is exotic, yet familiar and damn good. The bar may not be new, but the consistent, well-priced, delicious drinks make this a top spot.

A rarely seen quiet moment at Beretta. - BITTERMELLON/FLICKR
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  • A rarely seen quiet moment at Beretta.

4. Beretta, 1199 Valencia (at 23rd St.).

When this small pizza-oriented restaurant opened up in 2008, with an all-star cast of bartenders that resembled the drink-slinging Avengers, and helped ignite the current explosion of restaurants highlighting extensive cocktail programs. The short, rotating drink list continues to evolve. It now includes the Penicillin #2 (mezcal, ginger, lemon, honey), a delightfully smoky drink.

Bourbon & Branch now includes a side bar, The Wilson. - KIMBERLY SANDIE
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  • Bourbon & Branch now includes a side bar, The Wilson.

3. Bourbon & Branch, 501 Jones (at O'Farrell).

The first serious cocktail bar in the city continues to innovate and maintain its quality throughout the years. Last year, Boubon & Branch expanded its speakeasy concept with the opening of The Wilson, which introduces a three-course drink menu and an attention to detail that simply isn't possible in a larger venue. Cocktail geeks rejoice!

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