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

1. Hard Water

8.9
Pier 3 (on The Embarcadero), San Francisco, CA
Whisky Bar · Northern Waterfront · 105 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 · 112 tips and reviews

Sanjay K.Sanjay Kewlani: Fantastic food and a whole range of Whiskey!

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

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

3. Rickhouse

8.6
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.

FoodspottingFoodspotting: Try the Single Malt Scotch

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

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

4. Bourbon & Branch

9.1
501 Jones St (at O'Farrell St), San Francisco, CA
Speakeasy · Tenderloin · 310 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 · 230 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

9.3
2299 15th St (at Castro St), San Francisco, CA
Liquor Store · Duboce Triangle · 34 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

9.3
2790 Harrison St (at 24th St), San Francisco, CA
Ice Cream Shop · Mission District · 367 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!

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

9. Broken Record

8.5
1166 Geneva Ave (Edinburgh St), San Francisco, CA
Gastropub · Crocker Amazon · 88 tips and reviews

Kyle M.Kyle Minor: Try a locally-made whiskey at this awesome dive bar w/ amazing kitchen. Order more than 1 buttermilk biscuit... yes, EVEN IF you're having the bacon burger.

Clay S.Clay Smith: Reminds me of the best of Chicago gastropubs. Heavy, meat-centric delicious food and lots of whiskey.

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.

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

10. Rye

8.9
688 Geary St (btwn Leavenworth & Jones), San Francisco, CA
Cocktail Bar · Tenderloin · 142 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

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

11. Bloodhound

8.6
1145 Folsom St (at Langton), San Francisco, CA
Cocktail Bar · SoMa · 185 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.

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

12. Tradition

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

Charles H.Charles Hudson: If you like bourbon, get the 12 mile. My friend describes it as "summer in your mouth" - tasty.

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.

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

13. Local Edition

8.9
691 Market St (at 3rd St), San Francisco, CA
Cocktail Bar · SoMa · 257 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.

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

14. Elixir

8.3
3200 16th St (at Guerrero St), San Francisco, CA
Bar · Mission Dolores · 94 tips and reviews

TV Food MapsTV Food Maps: Check out Elixir as it was featured on Best Bars in America for Cocktail and Whiskey Bar that also plays live Bingo on Mondays Read more.

Eric A.Eric A: Great whiskey and friendly bartenders.

Chris H.Chris H.: Some of the best whiskey sours in town

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 (!!)