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Cocktail Bar and Lounge$$$$
SoMa, San Francisco
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    Max K.
    "amazing custom cocktail bar in the back."(5 Tips)
    Ron ⛵ K.
    "See Joey in the back for a custom drink that will amaze you."(3 Tips)
    Sean B.
    "steampunk inspired whiskey chiller"(2 Tips)
    John D.
    "Giggs is the man and managed to recreate the experience of cycling"(2 Tips)
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  • cocktails
  • custom drinks
  • good for dates
  • trendy
  • steampunk
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  • Samantha B.
    Samantha BergNovember 29, 2016
    Check out the cash only, menu-free bar at the back. It's worth the wait - you'll get a made-to-order, once-in-a-lifetime cocktail. Even with the same descriptors, I never get the same drink twice!
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    DensMarch 13, 2014
    A friend described this place as "where the Twitter kids go to spend their IPO money"... tho cheap compared to NYC cocktails IMHO. The "Informant" was best drink I tried.
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    An ShengJuly 18, 2017
    The bartender at the back is truly phenomenal. He made a "breakfast" cocktail of egg yolk, tabasco, pumpkin puree, and other unidentifiable things. It tasted good too
  • Chris H.heart icon on user image
    Chris H.February 18, 2017
    Absolutely check out the cash only bar serving up custom, one of a kind drinks based on whatever the bartender thinks you'll like. A very fun experience.
  • Sherry L.heart icon on user image
    Sherry LiMay 30, 2015
    Great great place! Seasonal cocktails. Semi-private custom cocktail bar in the back (FYI cash only) for $16 each. You won't regret it. Otherwise the Witch Doctor is awesome.
  • Esther G.heart icon on user image
    Esther GweonJanuary 24, 2015
    I don't post comments when I really like a place for fear of it getting too popular, but Joey and SRO deserve every good word I can write. He's genuine and his drinks are legit. Best. Staff. Ever. 💚
  • Will B.heart icon on user image
    Will BertelsenMarch 5, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Incredibly cool space and great (though extra-pricey) cocktails featuring lots of interesting infusions. Check out the "Corpse Reviver Machine" a bizarre mechanical drink-making device at the bar.
  • Jenny U.heart icon on user image
    Jenny UngMay 8, 2016
    Love this chill bar, nice vibe, and great cocktails. Bartender was playing some legit 90s jams, made it fun to sit at the long bar, good energy!
  • Staff Picks
    Staff PicksDecember 5, 2014
    In addition to a thoughtful, well-executed cocktail list, this is a bar with space to hang and even a smaller back room if you want a more private party feel for your Secret Santa gift exchange. Read more
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    Will BertelsenJanuary 23, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    While I prefer SRO in the back, Oddjob's cocktails are cheaper and quicker while still being tasty. Bring your friends to the "photobooth" on the way to the bathroom and hit that big red button.
  • John D.heart icon on user image
    John DiddyMarch 15, 2018
    Experiential Cocktails are fabulous! Giggs is the man and managed to recreate the experience of cycling on a warm day with a lovely breeze... in a drink!
  • Kartik S.heart icon on user image
    Kartik SathappanMarch 31, 2018
    My dude Giggs will make you a drink based on how your day went - $16 for the most bespoke cocktail you’ve ever had.
  • Whitney R.heart icon on user image
    Whitney R.July 7, 2015
    Staff is so friendly and the cocktails are delicious and inventive. If you're lacking the $$ for inventive be sure to ask about the $5 cocktail special of the day!
  • Sean B.heart icon on user image
    Sean BeachAugust 16, 2014
    Great atmosphere, good beers, expensive mixologist. Fun decor, steampunk inspired whiskey chiller that is as much a piece of art as functional and cool.
  • Jason M.heart icon on user image
    Jason MowSeptember 19, 2015
    Awesome bar! Love the fancy cocktails at the bar on the left, where there's no menu and the bar tender will concoct something just for you.
  • Jennifer B.heart icon on user image
    Jennifer BurlingtonDecember 13, 2014
    This bar is a pretty great find for the area with good but pricy cocktails. But CASH only for an $80 tab? Joey might make good drinks, but get a tip from your clientele (Twitter) and get Square.
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    Graham HNovember 6, 2013
    The fellows who brought you BIG, Public Works, and Jones have teamed up with carpenter extraordinaire, Eli Spear, to launch the newest venture in the Mid-Market High Tech Gulch.
  • Kyle S.heart icon on user image
    Kyle SFebruary 12, 2018
    They got rid of their extensive mocktail menu, which was one of the reasons we liked bringing groups here.
  • Suyash S.heart icon on user image
    Suyash SonwalkarFebruary 13, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The defacto standard bar for going away parties at Twitter
  • Shaherose C.heart icon on user image
    Shaherose CharaniaOctober 12, 2016
    Just tell em what you like (type of spirit, style, etc), be patient and expect the perfect experience in the first sip
  • Tanner C.heart icon on user image
    Tanner ChristensenJuly 26, 2015
    Amazing cocktails, custom for your tastes if you go left after the entrance.
  • angela
    angelaMay 2, 2014
    gorgeous space with really good cocktails that are worth every dollar...except I wish it didn't have to be paid in cash. ugh.
  • Ron ⛵ K.heart icon on user image
    Ron ⛵ KurisJune 25, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    See Joey in the back for a custom drink that will amaze you.
  • Swift S.heart icon on user image
    Swift SwiftJanuary 12, 2014
    Plus Plus is the "Big"-esque bar in the back. Just as good if not better for custom cocktails. Ask for Joey.
  • Brandon B.
    Brandon BurlingtonAugust 12, 2016
    Are you a dickhead? Is your head shaped in a dick like formation? Do you enjoy seeing dicks perched on the body of grown men? This is your place! 8===D
  • Brad T.heart icon on user image
    Brad TSeptember 7, 2014
    Nice little find in SOMA. Great cocktails but for a real treat try the side bar.
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    DaveFebruary 1, 2015
    The cocktail bar is separate though not actually separated by a wall. Great place to get a drink after work.
  • Ninad D.heart icon on user image
    Ninad DMarch 23, 2019
    Been here 5+ times
    Management jus changed and they're trying to make this into a live music scene through the week!! P.s. - SRO is still kick-ass as always
  • Justin L.
    Justin LeuAugust 23, 2014
    $3 beers and $5 well during happy hour 5-7pm. Otherwise beers are ~$10 and cocktails are $14
  • Omari A.
    Omari AllenAugust 2, 2014
    Joey is an awesome bartender. He's super nice and makes amazingly creative drinks. Tip him well!
  • Mike S.heart icon on user image
    Mike SingletonMay 5, 2014
    Go full hipster. Skip the $18 cocktails and head straight for the Schlitz.
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    _September 28, 2014
    Go to the Plus Plus side in the back and ask for Joey. He'll make you any custom drink. $18 for a drink and cash only.
  • Chris K.heart icon on user image
    Chris KantarjievMay 17, 2019
    Been here 10+ times
    Great craft cocktails, capable and friendly bartenders.
  • Chris J.heart icon on user image
    Chris JoAugust 17, 2014
    Bartender's choice cocktail - tell them what you like and they craft you one !
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    c0uPJune 8, 2014
    Walk in. Turn left. Enjoy the best cocktail experience in SF.
  • Alex M.
    Alex MApril 6, 2014
    Vodka drinkers- get the Pussy Galore and/or the Strangelove! Beware this place is cash only.
  • Wayne P.heart icon on user image
    Wayne PanMarch 31, 2019
    Great cocktails, great place to lay low on Saturday night.
  • Caro S.heart icon on user image
    Caro SchieferMay 8, 2017
    Was empty on a Thursday evening!?! Cocktails are very good however. On weekends it's always very crowded.
  • Ash P.heart icon on user image
    Ash PondersAugust 7, 2014
    Don't come in late, the regulars will be upset that you've taken their bartender's attention away from them. Shame on you.
  • Elizabeth B.
    Elizabeth BursteinNovember 10, 2016
    Fun cocktail bar
  • Ted S.
    Ted StudleySeptember 2, 2014
    Joey is awesome. Get a customized drink made up on the spot!
  • Nader F.heart icon on user image
    Nader FarzanMarch 26, 2014
    Hang a left when you walk in and enjoy SRO, the bar-within-a-bar.
  • James T.
    James TFebruary 1, 2017
    The entrance is in the alley (Washburn) off Mission.
  • Charles H.
    Charles HudsonDecember 8, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Go to the plus plus side and ask for Joey
  • Simon F.heart icon on user image
    Simon Favreau-LessardDecember 31, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't stand there looking like an idiot in front of the sink like me, the pedal makes the water flow, on the floor. There.
  • Jennifer Y.
    Jennifer YipAugust 24, 2014
    there is a bar within this bar. cool atmosphere, but cash only!
  • Kevin B.
    Kevin BurgJuly 2, 2014
    While you're here, check out SRO, the smaller cocktail bar to the left.
  • Clinton W.heart icon on user image
    Clinton WinderOctober 19, 2018
    Over-priced. A bit pretentious. Bartenders weren’t outright rude but they weren’t friendly either. I probably won’t go back
  • Daniel S.heart icon on user image
    Daniel SalinasMay 7, 2014
    They have an impressive steampunk cocktail machine
  • Phil C.heart icon on user image
    Phil CalçadoAugust 16, 2015
    Service is incredibly slow, but cocktails are amazing.
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