Hard Water is one of The 15 Best Places for a Whiskey in San Francisco.

1. Hard Water

8.8
Pier 3 (on The Embarcadero), San Francisco, CA
Whisky Bar · Northern Waterfront · 103 tips and reviews

Ryan L.Ryan Leggett: An excellent selection of hard to find and unique whiskeys. The food is also quite good, especially the oysters.

Maya R.Maya R: Do not miss the pork cracklings or the scotch kisses. Amazing whiskey selection and awesome service.

Ryan O.Ryan Ota: Incredible rare whiskey collection

Nihon Whisky Lounge is one of The 15 Best Places for a Whiskey in San Francisco.

2. Nihon Whisky Lounge

8.7
1779 Folsom St (at 14th St), San Francisco, CA
Whisky Bar · Mission District · 110 tips and reviews

Susan L.Susan Loh: Classy and intimate spot in the most random part of the Mission. Great selection of whisky, superb happy hour, and get the agedashi tofu with a side of rice.

Idan B.Idan Benaim: Great service, amazing food an good atmosphere, that suits a well made whiskey cocktails. Try the Hamachi Shitake

Pete I.Pete Ippel: Come with friends who know their whiskey lounge and you'll leave enlightened. Bar staff is also well educated. Fun place to relax and chat.

Rickhouse is one of The 15 Best Places for a Whiskey in San Francisco.

3. Rickhouse

8.7
246 Kearny St (at Bush St), San Francisco, CA
Cocktail Bar · Downtown San Francisco-Union Square · 253 tips and reviews

matt o.matt oesterle: best cocktails in SF, if you don't include sister bar bourbon & branch. vieux carre is my personal favorite. punch bowls great for large groups if you are lucky enough to find seating.

Billy A.Billy Anders: Get the Laphroaig Project and Penicillin if you want awesome Scotch cocktails

Jibu J.Jibu J: Get an old fashioned with Rye whiskey...its epic!

Bourbon & Branch is one of The 15 Best Places for a Whiskey in San Francisco.

4. Bourbon & Branch

9.2
501 Jones St (at O'Farrell St), San Francisco, CA
Speakeasy · Tenderloin · 302 tips and reviews

Catherine B.Catherine B.: Best bourbon selection in town!

Charbay W.Charbay Winery and Distillery: Amazing cocktails, fabulous bartenders and hard to find libations (read: Charbay Whiskey II, Doubled & Twisted, etc). Always a good time!

The Daily MealThe Daily Meal: A date night that’s drinks-focused is still a date and the location should be chosen wisely. Bourbon and Branch is the right atmosphere with mood lighting, cozy booths, and creative minds tending bar. Read more.

The Alembic is one of The 15 Best Places for a Whiskey in San Francisco.

5. The Alembic

9.2
1725 Haight St (btwn Cole & Shrader St.), San Francisco, CA
Cocktail Bar · Haight Ashbury · 227 tips and reviews

Keith S.Keith Skirbe: Beer battered rockfish sandie!!! Great cocktails and if you like bourbon and whiskey they have a great selection

The Tastes that Make the CityThe Tastes that Make the City: The bourbon old-fashioned is the best bourbon cocktail in SF, making our list of "The Tastes That Make the City: SF Edition." Read more.

Michael L.Michael Lunøe: Really nice cocktails! Awesome selection of whiskey! Food is pretty good too!

Cask is one of The 15 Best Places for a Whiskey in San Francisco.

6. Cask

9.0
17 3rd St (at Market St.), San Francisco, CA
Liquor Store · SoMa · 43 tips and reviews

The Bold ItalicThe Bold Italic: Excellent selection of bourbon, with bottles from $20 to $200, and it's all very good. Read more.

Tim B.Tim Brown: Excellent whisky clubs!

AdiAdi: Awesome selection of Scotches and Bourbons! They'll gift wrap it for free. Excellent customer service!

Healthy Spirits is one of The 15 Best Places for a Whiskey in San Francisco.

7. Healthy Spirits

9.4
2299 15th St (at Castro St), San Francisco, CA
Liquor Store · Duboce Triangle · 32 tips and reviews

Jeffrey J.Jeffrey Johnson: Both the bourbon and beer clubs are great!

Sean M.Sean McBride: Whiskey, craft beer, and hummus. Plus extras. What more could you want? I love this store.

Kevin C.Kevin Carter: go browse the amazing beer and whiskey selection

Humphry Slocombe is one of The 15 Best Places for a Whiskey in San Francisco.

8. Humphry Slocombe

9.4
2790 Harrison St (at 24th St), San Francisco, CA
Ice Cream Shop · Mission District · 363 tips and reviews

Eli R.Eli Reyes: Shorter lines than Bi-Rite and the ice cream flavors are so different. Try the Secret Breakfast (Bourbon and Corn Flakes) and the Blue Bottle Vietnamese Coffee - those are a MUST!

Ellen CEllen C: The secret breakfast (bourbon with corn flakes) and blue bottle Vietnamese coffee are a great combo.

Minyi S.Minyi Shih: Combine Secret Breakfast (bourbon w/cornflakes) & Blue Bottle Vietnamese Coffee flavors to get the perfect cup!

Bloodhound is one of The 15 Best Places for a Whiskey in San Francisco.

9. Bloodhound

8.7
1145 Folsom St (at Langton), San Francisco, CA
Cocktail Bar · SoMa · 183 tips and reviews

Esther A.Esther Assaad: I <3 this bar...get the Recoil - some sort of delicious bourbon and ginger beer combo. Mmm!

David P.David Prager: Get an old fashioned with their bacon infused whiskey - amazing

Sam B.Sam Brown: Killer liquor selection up in here. Highly recommend The Laddie Ten, malted with only Scottish barley from Bruichladdich's 2001 resurrection.

Broken Record is one of The 15 Best Places for a Whiskey in San Francisco.

10. Broken Record

8.5
1166 Geneva Ave (Edinburgh St), San Francisco, CA
Gastropub · Crocker Amazon · 89 tips and reviews

Mikl M.Mikl M: They now have FIVE whiskeys on tap, including Red Breast, Basil Hadyen's, and Four Roses. Yes, whiskey on tap.

Ryan L.Ryan Leggett: It's all good. They have draft whiskey, great beer, and a fully delicious menu. Be sure to get the wings, but the pulled pork is also really great.

Pacific RepublicPacific Republic: Good food, good divey vibe and great whiskey...worth the trek into the city's southern territory.

Local Edition is one of The 15 Best Places for a Whiskey in San Francisco.

11. Local Edition

9.0
691 Market St (at 3rd St), San Francisco, CA
Cocktail Bar · SoMa · 249 tips and reviews

SHOWRUNNERSHOWRUNNER: Great, strong cocktails in the loungey basement of the Hearst Building. I like the Eagle (bourbon, homemade root beer syrup, soda).

Drew W.Drew W: Great scotch/ whiskey/ bourbon selection.

Tone M.Tone Mosley: Nice speak easy that offers great selection of whiskey. Great for people watching.

Rye is one of The 15 Best Places for a Whiskey in San Francisco.

12. Rye

9.0
688 Geary St (btwn Leavenworth & Jones), San Francisco, CA
Cocktail Bar · Tenderloin · 141 tips and reviews

James Y.James Yu: Get the Dark and Stormy, a nice mixture of ginger beer and bourbon

SFGate M.SFGate Manager: As its name suggests, this sleek bar in a gentler section of the Tenderloin specializes in rye whiskey and specialty cocktails made with rye and other spirits.

Eric N.Eric Nelson: Great for unique bourbon and rye and the bartenders are very knowledgeable

Tradition is one of The 15 Best Places for a Whiskey in San Francisco.

13. Tradition

8.7
441 Jones St (at O'Farrell), San Francisco, CA
Cocktail Bar · Tenderloin · 87 tips and reviews

Christine A.Christine Agoni: 12 mile is the way to go! Bourbon ftw.

Tanner C.Tanner Christensen: Cozy bar, a lot of good whiskey cocktails. Get a reservation for a little privacy, or show up early for a seat at the bar.

Varun S.Varun Shetty: Good whiskey selection. Drink 1. Or 4.

ABV is one of The 15 Best Places for a Whiskey in San Francisco.

14. ABV

9.1
3174 16th St (btwn Guerrero & Albion St), San Francisco, CA
Cocktail Bar · Mission Dolores · 120 tips and reviews

Benjy W.Benjy Weinberger: The Whisky in Church is smokey, smooth and delicious.

Braden K.Braden Kowitz: "Whiskey in church" is excellent.

EaterEater: All 16 cocktails on the menu (organized by spirit) feel thoughtful and smart. Highlights include Whiskey in Church (smoky scotch, oloroso, maple, smoked pear bitters) and the Sutro Swizzle. Read more.

Wilson & Wilson Private Detective Agency is one of The 15 Best Places for a Whiskey in San Francisco.

15. Wilson & Wilson Private Detective Agency

9.1
501 Jones St (at O'Farrell), San Francisco, CA
Speakeasy · Tenderloin · 45 tips and reviews

AskMenAskMen: Billed as a detective agency set inside Bourbon & Branch, it’s really a reservations-only cocktail bar with only a few tables & a prix fixe menu, where $30 gets you 3 cocktails. Read more.

James P.James Paden: The cocktails are more experimental than Branch and Bourbon. Some of the best cocktails I've ever had

Jess N.Jess Nichols: Highly recommend the three cocktail flight (now $35 or $13/cocktail). Also have Pappy van Winkle bourbons on hand (!!)