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Cocktail Bar$$$$
SoMa, San Francisco
184 Tips and reviews
  • recoil
  • cocktails
  • whiskey
  • Big Buck Hunter
  • bourbon
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  • Party Earth
    Party EarthJuly 11, 2012
    Getting hungry? Be on the lookout for the girl dressed as Alice in Wonderland – she’s known to pop in selling cookies. They won’t turn you into a giant or make you super small, but they’re damn tasty. Read more
  • Alex R.
    Alex RainertOctober 4, 2013
    Excellent bar with great drinks. Order a Recoil - whiskey with ginger beer and a lime. Crazy delicious. For those in the know, it's like a West Coast Jargarita.
  • Adrian P.
    Adrian PhillipsApril 1, 2016
    If you're looking to drink rye or bourbon neat, then this is the best place in SOMA to make it happen. With Four Roses Single Barrel Reserve and Eagle Rare at reasonable prices, you can't go wrong.
  • Becherovka Voyager
    Becherovka VoyagerSeptember 4, 2013
    Don't be afraid to bring your furry friend inside, where equally strong & delicious cocktails, even with Becherovka, take you to a new level of comfort on the decorative sofa of this SF hot spot.
  • Sam B.
    Sam BrownApril 28, 2014
    Killer liquor selection up in here. Highly recommend The Laddie Ten, malted with only Scottish barley from Bruichladdich's 2001 resurrection.
  • Varun
    VarunJuly 26, 2014
    This bar is popular amongst tech startups for after-work team drinks during weekdays. The cocktail menu frequently changes, so some of drinks recommended in the tips might not always be available.
  • Beer 47
    Beer 47February 1, 2014
    This may not be a craft beer destination but it does have a great selection of craft beer and it's a great spot to go after City Beer Store closes.
  • Michael G.
    Michael GoodeApril 11, 2015
    The bloodhound is really good. There house gin they use is Beefeater. This place is alright with me! Bar tender was so nice and her drinks hit the spot.
  • Ryan S.
    Ryan StensonOctober 16, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    One of the best bars in SF. Check out the ceiling, order a cocktail, and try the smoked nuts.
  • Elyse E.
    Elyse EstradaSeptember 26, 2012
    Get Pappy Van Winkle bourbon. It's extremely rare and limited edition. You won't be disappointed especially when they put that gorgeous block of ice in your glass.
  • Bre L.
    Bre LambertJune 7, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Bring some cash for Big Buck Hunter! Try one of their delicious draft beers before getting serious with a Recoil cocktail. Drinks are served in Mason jars!
  • Ben C.
    Ben CoffeeOctober 26, 2014
    The Bloodshot is a great bourbon cocktail. Good balance of bitter and sweet with a gigantic ice cube
  • Ryan D.
    Ryan DorshorstAugust 8, 2014
    The cocktail menu rotates, but the Oaxaca old fashioned is smokey and delicious (and can be ordered off-menu). They also pour a good sazerac.
  • Wessam N.
    Wessam NasserMay 7, 2013
    Went to this bar a few days ago and loved it! Nice group of people, a round of Buck Hunter with friends, followed by a round of pool, with a beer in hand all throughout. Great time!
  • Ali A.
    Ali AndersonNovember 30, 2014
    Good selection of beer & cocktails. Large open space, great for groups looking to drink and socialize. Perfect spot post Giants game.
  • Noah W.
    Noah WeissApril 16, 2014
    A dozen whiskey/bourbon cocktails, all great and not too sweet, plus Buck Hunter.
  • Beer 47
    Beer 47March 17, 2012
    When City Beer Store closes at 10pm, this is a great place to get more craft beer. They have several taps of nothing but craft beer.
  • Ramsey A.
    Ramsey AbouremelehMay 17, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    While at blood hound if you are lucky you might see charlie shake a bitch! Also very good cocktails that might contain vermouth!
  • Bachelor10
    Bachelor10April 5, 2011
    Order the Recoil-- a terrific mixed drink served cold by the friendly by meticulous bartenders-- and head on back for a game of pool or Big Buck Hunter. Read more
  • Mink E.
    Mink EtteDecember 2, 2012
    My boyfriend just asked them to make him a fictional drink called The Underbelly. They did! And it's perfect :)
  • Greg K.
    Greg KandankulamAugust 16, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    SOMA Gem! Great divy bar that I used to frequent a couple times a week when I was working around the corner!
  • Audrey T.
    Audrey TolbertNovember 7, 2014
    Cocktails = great. Try the Outlaw Heart. Bartenders = fantastic. Super friendly and personable.
  • Greg S.
    Greg SchechterAugust 19, 2014
    This bar is OK. Same owners as church hill (which I like), but the crowd isn't always the friendliest. Too many people end up there before/after hitting up one of the near by clubs.
  • Amy B.
    Amy BFebruary 6, 2016
    Great cozy, neighborhood feel. Moscow Mules on tap. Don't forget to look up!
  • Jennifer Y.
    Jennifer YipSeptember 16, 2014
    a popular pregame spot for raven and 1015, so it's usually busiest between 10 and 1130!
  • Jamie
    JamieJuly 28, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    great bar. pool table, big buck hunter, skulls on the wall... get your favorite cocktail in a mason jar. proper.
  • Juan A.
    Juan ArreguinMay 1, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Be there at 4pm! You won't regret it! Ask for the "early bird" - trust me.
  • Sherry L.
    Sherry LiMay 30, 2015
    Surprisingly nice place. Liked the cocktails. There's buck hunter in the back too.
  • Brendan C.
    Brendan CurranAugust 7, 2014
    Gets a little crowded, but the cocktails are great. Try the recoil if you're into ginger beer.
  • Erica H.
    Erica HendersonApril 16, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The Recoil is Amazeballz. Speaking of ballz get 'cha game on at the pool table which is appropriately lit by an antler chandelier. Love.
  • Charles H.
    Charles HudsonNovember 2, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    For the bourbon / whiskey lovers. My recos are Spaghetti Western, Agent Smith, or Greenpoint.
  • Rachel F.
    Rachel FairbanksJuly 8, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Go early, say before 8, and hang out with Amanda. She's the friendliest bartender around.
  • Elisa C.
    Elisa CanteroFebruary 20, 2016
    Excellent, warm service. Great vibe and music. Good drinks, without pretense.
  • Lynn M.
    Lynn MooreSeptember 12, 2013
    Very cool bar. Good vibe and awesome mixologists. Great drinks!
  • Monya B.
    Monya BehniaJuly 4, 2013
    Get telegraph hill. Great drink and bartenders make them well. Go bloodhound.
  • Scott C.
    Scott COctober 31, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Perfect way to end a weekend, low key Sunday, amazing bloody marys, great clientele
  • Andy J.
    Andy JiangAugust 19, 2014
    Great cocktails, great atmosphere, a pool table, and dog friendly.
  • Kayla C.
    Kayla ChapmanJune 22, 2014
    Pool tables, video games, taxidermy, and old fashions. What else needs to be said?
  • Leslie C.
    Leslie COctober 9, 2011
    Try the branca stormy, it's delicious! Cool space and nice bartenders also.
  • Hannah B.
    Hannah BastianMarch 27, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The Recoil is highly recommended. Not too strong. Not too weak. And not too sweet.
  • Mitch A.
    Mitch AidelbaumFebruary 2, 2013
    Ask the bartender for beer suggestions, they let you taste too
  • Susan L.
    Susan LohAugust 15, 2011
    try something from their cocktail list or keep it simple with a classic manhattan. then play buck hunter.
  • Corrie D.
    Corrie DavidsonSeptember 20, 2013
    Get with the rustic theme and play Big Buck - or pool. You know, whatever.
  • Omar L.
    Omar LeeJune 1, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    If you get an old-fashioned, ask for the smoked sugar that they keep hidden behind the bar.
  • Nirav S.
    Nirav SanghaniNovember 1, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    One of the few bars in the area that open at 4p instead of 5p.
  • Dario F.
    Dario FernandezJuly 25, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    This spot jus sky rocketed up to my top picks of bars in sf! I just discovered their fresh squeezed greyhounds!#fkyea!
  • DailyCandy
    DailyCandyDecember 9, 2010
    Artisan cocktails, lodge-like interior, pool table, Buck Hunter. What more could you ask for? Read more
  • Alyssa F.
    Alyssa FooteJuly 17, 2014
    Good cocktails, a pool table, and lots of brogrammers milling about
  • Dens
    DensJune 10, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Stand in front of the Big Buck Hunter machine and look up... there's a BRONZED BIG BUCK RIFLE!!! It's some kind of trophy and getting my name on it is my destiny.
  • Ben C.
    Ben CoffeeNovember 1, 2014
    Get the bloodshot. It's got a big ice cube and tastes great
  • David P.
    David PragerOctober 16, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Get an old fashioned with their bacon infused whiskey - amazing
  • Jared R.
    Jared RanereFebruary 5, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Great cocktails, not too expensive. Hip without being a scene. It's a goldilocks bar.
  • Kirk M.
    Kirk McMurrayJanuary 23, 2013
    Try the Oaxacan Old-Fashioned - I realized I never knew how to pronounce this word until now...
  • Matt S.
    Matt SteinMarch 12, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    They have Buck Hunter World Tour, a pool table and great drinks. Come here.
  • Krystal P.
    Krystal PeakSeptember 1, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Off menu order the recoil. I promise you'll enjoy it.
  • Ailene S.
    Ailene SankurMarch 5, 2010
    Our neighborhood bar... good crowd, good jukebox, pool, and elk hunting video game. Also, you can buy chicharrones at the bar!
  • Andrew H.
    Andrew HogueMarch 14, 2014
    One of the few bars where Buckhunter actually goes with the theme.
  • Will B.
    Will BertelsenFebruary 28, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Pick an old fashioned variation and kill some moose on the HD Buck Hunter set.
  • ˜ ˜.
    ˜ ˜August 24, 2011
    if you get cold easily make your way to the back near the pool tables
  • Geoffrey Z.
    Geoffrey ZuHoneOctober 12, 2012
    If you love elderflower liquor and ginger beer, get "The recoil"
  • Robin V.
    Robin VerlangenSeptember 29, 2014
    Nice cocktails and a wide variety of beers!
    MetroSeeker.comAugust 20, 2011
    A good place to go if you're young and hip! Follow them on Twitter for special offers that aren't on the menu.
  • Jonathan L.
    Jonathan LongSeptember 8, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    God bless Allison & Ryan. Great to have a place that knows your likes.
  • Morgan Elaine M.
    Morgan Elaine MorseMay 21, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The old speckled hen is an amazing beer, and they have it ON TAP
  • Dave H.
    Dave HoltzJune 10, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    They've got big buck hunter and a photo booth in the back.
  • Jayson P.
    Jayson PhillipsFebruary 22, 2014
    Don't order the woodsman unless you like your drink to be 75% vermouth. Also, the "black stormy " (dark & stormy w black rum) has virtually no rum. In other words, don't get it at all.
  • Shelly Z.
    Shelly ZordichDecember 5, 2015
    Delicious selection and very cool art on their ceiling.
  • 🐍Ssstephanie
    🐍SsstephanieNovember 10, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Rudy has an epic beard & is great, make sure you tip him well (;
  • Jenn N.
    Jenn NguyenMay 4, 2011
    Get the "Recoil." Bulliet bourbon, ginger, etc. Yums! Drinks are made stiff here. FYI.
  • Joshua H.
    Joshua HaftelApril 20, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Gets pretty crowded in here, but a good place to pre-game before heading to one of the clubs in soma.
  • Amit K.
    Amit KumarOctober 31, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Ask Steve for a Woodsman - An awesome Laphroaig based cocktail
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    If you visit Bloodhound don’t forget ask for a drink made with Pueblo Viejo Tequila.
  • Violet B.
    Violet BlueJuly 18, 2013
    Ward 8 - Bulleit bourbon, orange, lemon, house made grenadine.
  • Allen R.
    Allen RomeroApril 11, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Hey there. You're in hipster dot commie nation. Say hi to your techie friends round ya.
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    Pueblo Viejo TequilaMarch 28, 2016
    Close with a flourish this spring break and enjoy a refreshing Pueblo Viejo Cocktail here at Bloodhound.
  • Kevin M.
    Kevin MarksJanuary 28, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Draft beers, bring your own food and dogs.
  • Dafna C.
    Dafna ChaffinoOctober 28, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    I always order the recoil. It will change your life.
  • Paul M.
    Paul MisonDecember 2, 2012
    If you like English ales, Bloodhound had Old Speckled Hen on tap.
  • Arthur
    ArthurMay 20, 2013
    Order a Marguerita with tequila revolucion 100•proof
  • Adam A.
    Adam AlixFebruary 1, 2012
    Manliest bathroom I have ever seen. Five square feet, two urinals one toilet, zero barriers.
  • Idan B.
    Idan BenaimSeptember 26, 2011
    Recoil! With fever tree ginger beer, now that's a drink. Check out their page on oLyfe to discover
  • Laurel J.
    Laurel JensenFebruary 8, 2015
    Good cocktails. Chill atmosphere.
  • Charles H.
    Charles HudsonAugust 31, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Order the Greenpoint or the Sazerac
  • Lea D.
    Lea Dessi-OliveMay 12, 2015
    Great cocktails. Good street for bar hopping
  • Scoutmob
    ScoutmobNovember 28, 2011
    The wooden boards that make up Bloodhound's walls are from a leveled barn in Indiana.
  • Aaron D.
    Aaron DraczynskiNovember 7, 2012
    The namesake drink is quite refreshing.
  • Jenna W.
    Jenna Wortham October 14, 2010
    the new fashioned is exactly that. bonus: bbq out back!
  • Colin G.
    Colin GNovember 1, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Get here early, seating is hard to come by evenings and weekends
  • Kevin B.
    Kevin BurgJune 10, 2014
    Order a Blackjack Buck before you play Buck Hunter.
  • Danny B.
    Danny BloomfieldAugust 21, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The Bloodhound is my go to
  • Jesse .
    Jesse 🙄March 27, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Drinks are totally free all the time!!!
  • Greg S.
    Greg SmithiesSeptember 23, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Hipster, pool, decent beer. Can't ask for much more.
  • Alexandre P.
    Alexandre PerreinMay 31, 2014
    Bloodhound with kettle one for $9 is a steal!
  • Micha H.
    Micha Hernandez van LeuffenSeptember 27, 2014
    Great cocktail selection
  • Shinal
    ShinalMarch 17, 2016
    Well this place is a rare gem. Rustic decor in the middle of SF. Why not.
  • Mpkam
    MpkamJanuary 7, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    If you like bourbon talk to Brandon. He knows it well.
  • George H.
    George HayesAugust 17, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Bloodhound, great drink.
  • Dom
    DomSeptember 27, 2014
    Don't leave without trying their New Fashion
  • Kyle C.
    Kyle CooneyMay 15, 2011
    The Recoil drink is awesome. Ginger beer FTW!
  • brainsik
    brainsikSeptember 30, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Old Speckled Hen on tap! A rarity to take advantage of.
  • Sultan S.
    Sultan SultanovOctober 27, 2016
    в целом хорошее место, чтобы выпить. Расстроило, что нет выбора тоника, но это моё личное задротсво) интересный дизайн , хороший выбор алкоголя , весёлая атмосфера
  • Wilfried H.
    Wilfried HubertMay 11, 2015
    Les cocktails proposés sont au top 👌🏻
  • Ricardo A.
    Ricardo AguilarFebruary 10
    Los cocteles son bastante buenos y bien servidos (American style).
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