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Bourbon & Branch

Bourbon & Branch

Speakeasy, Cocktail Bar, and Whisky Bar$$$$
Tenderloin, San Francisco
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  • Kristina L.
    Kristina LeeFebruary 23, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Everything! If you can, get a reservation, that way you have access to the full menu! Don't be intimidated by the menu, tell your server what kinds of things you like, and they'll steer you right!
    Upvoted Oct 21
  • Adrian P.
    Adrian PhillipsDecember 18, 2015
    Enter through the second door on the right to go directly to the Library. Their take on the Rusty Nail is fantastic. These guys can make anything so just ask if you're not keen on the menu choices.
    Upvoted Oct 13
  • Bravo
    BravoNovember 12, 2010
    Once you get the daily passcode online, walk into a dark moulin-rouge setting and have yourself the finest cocktails around. This place is the french laundry of bars, good luck getting in. -Yigit Pur
  • Natalie
    NatalieApril 29
    One of the best speakeasies I've been to! You are completely transporter to the Prohibition Era. Perfect lighting, music, ambiance. Cell phone use is restricted which makes it intimate & sets the mood
  • Caro S.
    Great bar ( very nice door keeper) with great cocktails. Small menu but you can order everything you want. Fantastic whisky selection. Better reserve than you have access to a more secret room.
  • Alex L.
    Alex LobovJanuary 17, 2015
    The drinks are great but the pretension is overpowering. Try it but I'll wager you won't return. Plenty of friendlier cocktail bars in San Francisco.
  • John E.
    John EMarch 13, 2015
    Cool speakeasy w/ fantastic cocktails (especially of the bourbon variety) made by knowledgeable mixologists. Cool library-esque decor. Enter through the left-most unmarked door for general admission.
  • Sam J.
    Sam J.September 20, 2012
    Straight shot back to the Prohibition Era. Try the front door and you might get in without a password or try your luck unlocking the bookcase in the bar space in back then try the Cucumber Gimlet!
  • Stephen P.
    Stephen PolettoMay 26, 2014
    The best cocktails I've found in the city. The menu is huge. The environment is cozy & romantic -- good for a couple or a small group. Make a reservation about a month in advance.
  • Jenn E.
    Jenn EstradaAugust 13, 2014
    If you're seated at the front bar ask if Justin is working! Very knowledgeable on all spirits! Definitely will have well made drinks if he's around!
  • J Crowley
    J CrowleyJuly 27, 2016
    If you can weasel your way into this cliché of a speakeasy, the Imperial Eagle is actually really good. It's like a peachy vanilla tea-like cocktail.
  • Anna S.
    Anna SellemOctober 29, 2016
    Try the Air mail cocktail! (pinapple rum, honey, lemon and sparking wine! )They also have great JM Rum! 💓 And first time for me: Californian Rum Agricole 43%! 😮
  • AFAR Media
    AFAR MediaJanuary 22, 2015
    This is a traditional speakeasy. Their 8 house rules—hushed voices and no cell phones among them—encourage neighborly conversation in a very relaxed setting. Read more
  • Jeremy K.
    Jeremy KrantzAugust 14, 2014
    Make a reservation online ahead of time and make sure to get the door password. Also don't dress too casual and don't be on your phone inside. Just enjoy the experience and the drinks.
  • safia r.
    safia rJuly 13
    Major love for their cocktails - had the daily special! You'll need to make a reservation ahead of time, and check your email for confirmation and password which you will need to provide at the door.
  • Patrick W.
    Patrick WJanuary 8, 2015
    Friendly bartenders that lack the pretension of normal speakeasy cocktail bars but still make a mean drink. Prices are reasonable given location and ambience ($10/cocktail, $6/beer).
  • Sarah J.
    Sarah Judd WelchAugust 21, 2012
    The bartender told me that all the old speakeasies and hotels in the area were once connected by underground tunnels, but that they are now mostly buried. Hmmm... Anyone up for an adventure??
  • Maroon 5
    Maroon 5June 7, 2012
    You have to make a reservation to get into this 1920's bar AND know the right password to get in! The old-time bar has no sign outside so you better pay attention or you'll miss it.
  • Frances M.
    Frances M.August 5, 2013
    Must visit speakeasy in SF. Need to make reservations in advance & a secret password to get in. Strong drinks & cozy atmosphere. FYI, the bathroom is really dark & a bit creepy.
  • Carlos B.
    Carlos BApril 13, 2013
    Don't expect this to be your typical bar experience. Amazing drinks and love the speakeasy atmosphere. Always ask for recommendations and have fun.
  • Allie P.
    Allie PJune 28, 2013
    Great prohibition-era speakeasy. For serious drinkers only. Absinth is a frequent ingredient in many a drink! Make sure you reserve a table in advance and receive a password.
  • Amanda B.
    Amanda BOctober 11, 2011
    One of the coolest speakeasies I've ever been too. The decor and ambiance make it ultra mysterious too. I recommend the Elderflower cocktail which was so sweet and delicious. Good luck finding it!
  • Danielle F.
    Danielle FAugust 15, 2014
    One of the few speak easy's left with actual ritual. Obey the no phone rule and enjoy an egg white cocktail over conversation with friends. They are all delicious!
  • Jori L.
    Jori LalloAugust 18, 2011
    Speakeasy bar with excellent (but a bit pricey) drinks. The place to visit if you want to impress your friends who are in town. You also need a password to in (read other comments for tips)
  • Jacqwi C.
    Jacqwi CampbellNovember 17, 2013
    Went inside the library section. I had the revolver, a version of an old fashion. It was smooth with a kick. I suggest this place for a date, not a group - intimate, cozy and but beware of hipsters.
  • Michael L.
    Michael LunøeDecember 11, 2016
    Speakeasy. You need to ~1 month in advance, otherwise you can go to Wilson & Wilson next door. Same owners, but a little more relaxed.
  • safia r.
    safia rJuly 13
    You can request access to the 'secret' bar The Library in the back after you are done at B&B. Prefer the main bar to the library both for drinks and ambience.
  • ˜ ˜.
    ˜ ˜December 22, 2012
    Act shocked that there is a password. Look older. Wear a suit. You'll still get inside and shuffled to the back bar. Seating fills up early so be prepared to stand. It will be very warm.
  • Marc S.
    Marc SOctober 16, 2014
    Try their twist on a whisky sour: the Skulll Island Sour. A bit sweeter and spicier. With the egg white, of course.
  • The Daily Meal
    The Daily MealJune 30, 2011
    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
  • Molly K.
    Molly KApril 11, 2010
    In the time you could order a drink at Bourbon & Branch you could fly to Anaheim, go to Disneyland and visit Mr. Toads Wild Ride. You would get the same atmosphere and enjoyment on the ride as B&B
  • Shayan S.
    Shayan SanyalJanuary 3, 2014
    The killer Queen is fantastic. The medicine man is awesome, but it will be taken off the menu... The Sazeracs are great, be sure to order 50/50
  • Joanie
    JoanieOctober 23, 2014
    Never met a more enthusiastic bartender in my life. Justin makes great cucumber gimlets
    Upvoted Sep 26
  • Justine C.
    Justine Chevrier-LordAugust 27, 2014
    Great and extended spirits selection and the speakeasy mood of the place really makes you believe you are back in the prohibition era, but the cocktails are overrated. Good but far from great.
  • Bill C.
    Bill CopelandNovember 12, 2011
    A great speak easy with expensive but fantastic drinks. Look on the website for all of "the rules" and the password to get in. The password to get into the Library is "books".
  • SillyCamilly
    SillyCamillyMarch 10, 2012
    Get your 1920's outfit on and enjoy your night. Oh and I would suggest to have a couple of drinks at the main bar first before asking to go to the library. ;)
  • Matt S.
    Matt SnowFebruary 16, 2014
    Vodka Lime Gimlet is the best drink you'll order all night. That said, any whiskey cocktail is amazing (tho not a fan of Blood & Sand).
  • Diplomatico Rum
    Diplomatico RumApril 11, 2013
    Ask for Darren Crawford at the bar. At the Smugglers Cove event he got classified to represent the West Coast at the Diplomático World Tournament 2013 with his amazing drink: Juancho Sour. Cheers! Read more
  • J Crowley
    J CrowleyJuly 27, 2016
    Take a ride on the Imperial Eagle if you like frothy, citrusy, bourbon drinks. This bird got me surprisingly cranked. If only it could fly me home.
  • Diplomatico Rum
    Diplomatico RumAugust 19, 2013
    Check-out the video of Daniel Crawford's presentation at the Diplomático World Tournament 2013, held in Barquisimeto, Venezuela, where he represented the US West Coast. Read more
  • Raj S.
    Raj S.August 17, 2014
    Hand crafted cocktails in a speakeasy setting. Try a Frank Lloyd Wright if you want a solid drink without too many frills. Too many others to try but must do so.
  • Bernice C.
    Bernice ChowApril 20, 2013
    "It's getting hot in hurrrr, so take off all your clothes" soooo stuffy in the library area, got to come back with reservations next time to check out the exclusive side.
  • Marc S.
    Marc SOctober 16, 2014
    Craft cocktails. Ask your bartender for suggestions based on the base liquor or tastes you like.
  • Ronaldo T.
    Ronaldo TarucDecember 12, 2012
    Get the French 75 or a classic Old Fashioned. I had the Bourbon flight, which was excellent...next time I'll have the Irish Whiskey flight...
  • Zack🍕🍕
    Zack🍕🍕June 7, 2012
    Awesome speakeasy. Great drinks. Try the Holy Smokes! Managed to sneak in here for a few hours without a reservation but that's probably not a sure thing.
  • Jessica R.
    Jessica RaeNovember 26, 2013
    1920’s style Speakeasy, world renowned cocktails.Password required for entry, see website for reservations or drop in for a drink in The Library (the password for the library is “books”).
  • Berk K.
    Berk KapiciogluJuly 22, 2014
    The password for the library section is "books". Bartender was great. I recommend the "Hot Pursuit" for something spicy or "Citizen Cane" for something yummy.
  • Clara S.
    Clara SNovember 7, 2015
    In the Library, let the bartender make you a cocktail of his own creation. They know their mixology, regardless of which room you're in.
  • J Crowley
    J CrowleyJuly 27, 2016
    Speakeasies are cool. But this place is trying WAY TOO HARD to be cool. The bouncer, Peter, was hilariously pretentious. I had to talk my way in on an empty Tuesday night. Bright side: solid cocktails
  • Camilla S.
    Camilla SøgaardMarch 22, 2014
    Ask the waiter which cocktails match your preferences, or you might end up with a very strong guys cocktail. The waiter's suggestions are great.
  • @JaumePrimero
    @JaumePrimeroOctober 28, 2011
    for the cocktail aficionado who likes the speakeasy type atmosphere. If you don't have much time to see a lot of places, you should definitely make time for this destination.
  • ViatorStaff
    ViatorStaffAugust 13, 2010
    Incredible cocktails (seriously, don't order a beer here). House made mixers & interesting concoctions make this our favorite place to celebrate with a fancy drink. Don't miss the secret library room.
  • Léna Le Rolland
    Very nice place, loved the atmosphere. Drinks were very good. Music is pretty loud tho
  • MyCityWay
    MyCityWayMay 2, 2012
    This is a great place to have a wonderful cocktail while feeling like you are in the back of a saloon wondering how alcohol could ever be banned.
  • Staff Picks
    Staff PicksDecember 6, 2016
    Bourbon & Branch was one of the more wished for places throughout 2015’s I Want Somewhere holiday campaign. Where’s your somewhere? Enter to win a bucket list experience. Read more
  • Candace S.
    Candace SooHooSeptember 13, 2010
    You can never go wrong with ordering the Cucumber Gimlet - it has a nice limeade taste to the drink. Also, they take enforce the "no photographs" rule seriously...but you can always sneak in 1 pic
  • Kit C.
    Kit CodikOctober 26, 2011
    During Prohibition there was an actual speakeasy at the bar’s location. (There are still five tunnels underneath the establishment that provided an emergency escape during a raid.) Read more
  • SFGate M.
    SFGate ManagerJuly 16, 2012
    The Wilson Room at Bourbon & Branch specializes in cocktail "flights" - an aperitif, main and digestive - that get more intense as you go along.
  • BarChick
    BarChickAugust 22, 2013
    There are some rather stern house rules (no phones, no Cosmos, etc), but the drinks are totally worth it. http://barchick.com/find-a-bar/san-francisco/bourbon-branch
  • Alexander W.
    Alexander WinterFebruary 7, 2013
    Tom Bulleit told me this is one of the 10 top mixology bars in the world. Beautiful atmosphere and great cocktails!
  • Troy C.
    Troy ChandlerMarch 15, 2014
    The gin Spice Trader may be the best cocktail I've ever had. The wait for drinks is worth it. Great bar.
  • OkCupid Daters' Choice
    Bourbon & Branch was voted the Best Hidden Gem Date Spot by OkCupid users in the first-ever Daters' Choice Awards! Tap Read more for additional date spot categories in San Francisco. #daterschoice Read more
  • Lisa G.
    Lisa GApril 26, 2013
    Speakeasy in San Francisco. ... door, requires a password to enter, and leads guests through secret passageways and hidden rooms. http://www.bourbonandbranch.com
  • Frank N.
    Frank NeillJuly 30, 2015
    Among the best Old Fashioneds I've ever had. A must visit. DeDe at the Library Bar is a cocktail artist.
  • SFist
    SFistMarch 25, 2015
    The Naughty Sun Dress is a crisp, complex, slightly sweet concoction that looks like a deceptively simple, clear martini. Read more
  • Lynn J.
    Lynn JohnsonFebruary 17, 2014
    This is just one of those bars that you have to go to if you love cocktails. It's like how you have to go to Disneyland if you like rides and fun.
  • Alan G.
    Alan GrinbergMarch 28, 2013
    Newly 21. Already been here two times. This place has the tastiest and highest quality drinks I've had. Any others in the same boat?
  • Andy C.
    Andy ChauNovember 9, 2013
    You will need a reservation to enter and have a table but the "library" is open for everyone, first come first serve
  • Tavo B.
    Tavo BeltranMarch 19, 2014
    Exclusivity at its best! Scotch never tasted so good in a Martini glass. Go for the "High Plains Kilter" and Slainte!
  • Trevor F.
    Trevor FilterAugust 22, 2014
    Make sure to make a reservation in advance. The best (read: reserve) spirits are in Wilson & Wilson.
  • Candy E.
    Candy Eros DiazFebruary 24, 2013
    Imperial Eagle was delicious. Better for small groups (3-4 ppl). Rowdy big groups need not apply. Beautiful atmosphere.
  • The Tastes that Make the City
    The citizen cane is the best speakeasy cocktail in SF, making our list of "The Tastes That Make the City: SF Edition." Read more
  • Sujatha K.
    Sujatha Krishnan-BarmanNovember 26, 2012
    Lively and lovely. Ask the bartenders for recommendations, they're pros. And if you like whiskey, get the Laphroaig project.
  • Larry H.
    Larry HallSeptember 21, 2012
    It's quite memorizing to watch the barkeep mix cocktails. Why was I born in this day and age? This nostalgic establishment makes on yearn for prohibition and derby hats.
  • Delaney O.
    Delaney O'BrienApril 8, 2013
    f you can, make a reservation after 6:45...AMAZING place, but a little charm is lost when you're standing in a line outside of a speakeasy & don't get to say your password through the speaker.
  • Jenny L.
    Jenny L.April 13, 2015
    Reservations needed. Extensive cocktail menu. Need to figure out how to get in the hidden bar inside Bourbon and Branch.
  • Shannon C.
    Shannon CoulsonJuly 23, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Fun environment, even if the secret is out. If you don't like bourbon, I recommend the Hemingway's Daiquiri.
  • Talisha H.
    Talisha HillMarch 31, 2014
    The Scofflaw taste a lot like a side car. Very tasty if you're into drinks that are on the sweet and tart side.
  • Stephanie L.
    Stephanie LeavittSeptember 7, 2013
    Such a fun night. Great atmosphere. Could have stayed all night listening to music and testing new/old cocktails and hanging out with friends.
  • Toby P.
    Toby PhillipsAugust 7, 2014
    Neat place. If you're just looking for a couple drinks, skip the door with the password and just go to the open door around the corner.
  • Brian V.
    Brian Van HornJune 22, 2014
    Total yuppie bar. They make awesome cocktails, but it's really aimed at the Google bus crowd. Okay over all. 4 Japanese single malts, which is pretty decent.
  • Clare B.
    Clare BautistaDecember 15, 2011
    You don't need a password if you take the O'Farrell entrance straight into the library bar. Amazing cocktails. Order a paper plane.
  • Natalie K.
    Natalie KOctober 21, 2015
    Wonderful atmosphere - very romantic place, or good for a double date. Don't come here with a big group.
  • Nick P.
    Nick PinoJanuary 28
    Go for the Snakebite (sp?). It's the one that has absinthe, pineapple rum, honey, lemon and egg white. It's delicious and very alcoholic.
  • Brian L.
    Brian LongtinApril 28, 2015
    Great drinks, true commitment to theme and decor. Dark, wood-paneled and pretty much perfect.
  • Suz .
    Suz 🍋July 8, 2016
    A glimpse of the 1920s with swanky handcrafted cocktails in a dimly lit room, and you'll want to "spake-aisy"
  • Alessio S.
    Alessio SanzogniAugust 21, 2012
    Outstanding 20's atmosfere And cocktails... But for a full prohibitiobism experience.. Ask for the Library!
  • Marta T.
    Marta TapperoAugust 11
    Yes Yes Yes to this place! Good drinks, ambiance and music. Can be packed, but other than that, I love it!
  • Alison B.
    Alison BradyOctober 8, 2014
    Amazing place and amazing cocktails. Try the 'breakfast at Annie's' or mezcalifornication.
  • Men's Health Mag
    Men's Health MagNovember 15, 2011
    These old-timers are keeping things on the hush-hush, and not just with the lack of a marquee. No cell phones. No cosmos. No standing around at the bar. Get a Buffalo Trace bourbon. Taste the history.
  • Lori W.
    Lori WhiteSeptember 18, 2012
    My uncle asked me what i liked ("weird & old"), AND went to the trouble of looking up the password & bringing me here b/c he fundamentally knows how to make his hipster niece feel loved & special.
  • Esquire
    EsquireFebruary 1, 2011
    Congratulations, you've found one of Esquire's Best Bars in America. This place is a speakeasy with cocktails that would have made a pre-Prohibition Broadway dandy smile. Our vote: a daiquiri.
  • Nick J.
    Nick JordanAugust 24, 2014
    The speakeasy theme may have been brought an inch to far, but the cocktails are so good all is forgiven.
  • Dave M.
    Dave MorinFebruary 12
    Best speakeasy in San Francisco.
  • Marissa C.
    Marissa CoughlinAugust 20, 2011
    Cucumber gimlet is super delicious and refreshing. The splash of sparkling wine adds just the right amount of fun.
  • Jarkko A.
    Jarkko AineJuly 27, 2016
    Great coctails, friendly staff and best atmosphere
  • Natalie R.
    Natalie RayJanuary 6, 2013
    Try the cucumber gimlet. Be sure to call ahead or make a reservation online for the password.
  • Pamela R.
    Pamela Ringer-BritzDecember 9, 2011
    My favorite thing here, is the cloth napkins they place your drink on. Also - the around 40 page drink book.
  • Gavin S.
    Gavin SchulzSeptember 6, 2014
    Can't go wrong with the seasonal fruit smash cocktail or the cucumber gimlet.
  • Hatice U.
    Hatice U.May 23, 2013
    Try rum w/ coconut and lime when they have it. Also be cautious about ur phone to keep old atmosphere alive!!
  • Peter W.
    Peter WuJanuary 4, 2015
    The most intricate, legit speakeasy in SF. Get the passcode and enjoy!
  • Ava
    AvaMarch 23, 2016
    definitely a fun place to bring people from out of town, make a reservation well in advance!
  • Janet T.
    Janet TomDecember 16, 2013
    Check their website daily for the password to gain entrance. Also password for the library bar is "books"
  • Zak E.
    Zak EttlingerOctober 2, 2014
    Nice atmosphere. I really enjoyed the secret password, hidden bar, exclusivity of it all...
  • Andy J.
    Andy JiangAugust 19, 2014
    Classic speakeasy cocktail bar. Make sure to close the door before a hobo wanders in.
  • Lindsay F.
    Lindsay FloresOctober 21, 2015
    Cozy space with a cool vibe. Their cocktails are delicious and made with care!
  • wheat knee
    wheat kneeApril 3, 2012
    Make a reservation online, even up to the last minute.. or simply ring the bell and see if they have walk in room in the library!
  • Jules B.
    Jules BelcherOctober 21, 2015
    Great cocktails, good atmosphere - but you need to be able to see in the dark!
  • Bravo
    BravoJanuary 27, 2010
    The culty speak-easy makes outstanding hand-crafted cocktails. One or two are enough, but I always want many more. -Elizabeth Falkner, Top Chef
  • Daniel S.
    Daniel SchlossfrauMay 19, 2016
    Very stylish place. Speakeasy style. Cocktails are very good. Liked their manhattan.
  • Ankush N.
    Ankush NarulaApril 20, 2010
    My favorite off-menu cocktail as recommended by one of these fine bar chefs: "Remember the Maine" circa 1933. The library is steamy so make a reservation in advance.
  • Harry R.
    Harry RobertsOctober 23, 2015
    On- and off-menu cocktails are fantastic. Watching the bartenders work was a real joy.
  • Barton S.
    Barton SmithJune 13, 2015
    A San Francisco staple. Make sure you get here once and book ahead.
  • Vishvesh J.
    Vishvesh JhaveriDecember 8, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Tell the bartender what you feel like having and they can stir up something special for you
  • Chris G.
    Chris GarciaOctober 18, 2012
    The Bobbie Burns (scotch, sweet vermouth, benedictine) was delightful. Just sweet enough.
  • American Way
    American WayNovember 16, 2011
    Don’t even think of ordering a cosmo at this speakeasy-style lounge, which serves real-fruit cocktails and award-winning whiskeys like Noah’s Mill, handmade in the hills of Kentucky. Read more
  • Heather C.
    Heather CasteelDecember 18, 2013
    Password required. Available on website. Super talented bartenders and excellent drink menu.
  • Charbay W.
    Amazing cocktails, fabulous bartenders and hard to find libations (read: Charbay Whiskey II, Doubled & Twisted, etc). Always a good time!
  • Shelly C.
    Shelly CustodioNovember 4, 2011
    Make reservations. My password was "joint" but I'm sure they change it up. Try the cucumber gimlet!
  • Aaron D.
    Aaron DraczynskiNovember 27, 2012
    This place is tricky to find; look for the non-descript wooden door. Make sure you know the password.
  • Amy Y.
    Amy YounghansMarch 21, 2013
    A must-see! You feel as If you've stepped back into time! Figure out the right password and your in! ;-)
  • Xiulung
    XiulungApril 13, 2016
    The password to the library (bar at the back) is usually "books."
  • Arijit D.
    Arijit DasguptaOctober 22, 2014
    The ambience is awesome! All handcrafted cocktails. A must visit.
  • Melanie C.
    Melanie CaselasAugust 22, 2014
    Very creative and fun cocktails and an exclusive old timey vibe.
  • Morgan L.
    Morgan LintonNovember 18, 2013
    Make sure to order the Lucas Pucus, it's not on the menu but it's amazing!
  • Kushal S.
    Kushal SukthankarMarch 5, 2016
    Cocktails are really good. Loved the ambience as well
  • Ezekiel G.
    Ezekiel GorrocinoSeptember 1, 2010
    Wonderful cocktails that you won't find anywhere else! A great place to explore and venture out from your usual drink.
  • Adam M.
    Adam McCueMarch 12, 2013
    Get a Frank Lloyd Wright, one of the 50 best cocktails in San Francisco by 7x7 magazine
  • Todd C.
    Todd ChristAugust 29, 2013
    Very unique place to visit - the drinks were excellent!
  • Marcy M.
    Marcy MaxwellAugust 28, 2015
    The cucumber gimlet is so good!
  • Julian S.
    Julian SheardJune 9, 2014
    Thumbs up for: Frank Lloyd Wright + Clove & Dagger + Delicious & Sour
  • Opp
    OppDecember 29, 2014
    Awesome little speakeasy. Great drinks.
  • Shawna M.
    Shawna MattisonJanuary 4, 2013
    On New Years Eve, no reservations were required and every room had a different theme. Hope they do it again next year!
  • Donald
    DonaldFebruary 2, 2012
    Make a reservation at this place. Great speakeasy (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Taylor L.
    Taylor LorenJune 13, 2013
    you need a reservation for the password! also, no cameras/cellphones allowed
  • Claire J.
    Claire JudsonDecember 21, 2014
    Delicious hand crafted cocktails, super cool atmosphere
  • MsAnthea
    MsAntheaJuly 21, 2010
    Death in the Afternoon AND cloth cocktail napkins, this is a classy place. Get the password and go. You won't be sorry.
  • Dave S.
    Dave S.December 4, 2011
    This place is more at attentive filling your water glass than most restaurants. You know what though? I want my moonshine!
  • Garann M.
    Garann MeansNovember 16, 2014
    State your gin preference. I asked what a particular cocktail was made with and found out the default was Gordon's.
  • Fiona S.
    Fiona StrobridgeJune 5, 2016
    Extensive cocktail list. Try a flight, any of them!
  • Jeff F.
    Jeff FriendDecember 30, 2012
    The "Revolver" is bomb.com - and they light it on fire!
  • Haley S.
    Haley SmithJanuary 8, 2013
    Great selection of absinthe, and try the Corpse Reviver 2!
  • Regina W.
    Regina WaltonMarch 4, 2016
    Know the password. Don't cut in line. Leave the bar staff a nice tip for the great cocktails.
  • Kevin S.
    Kevin SiuJuly 4, 2015
    Cocktails are great. Bar is too busy on weekends.
  • Hotel Tonight
    Hotel TonightAugust 17, 2011
    Go to bourbonandbranch.com to reserve a table and get the entry password. Be transported immediately upon entering this downtown spot.
  • Vikram R.
    Vikram RajagopalanJuly 17, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Ambiance with excellent variety of cocktails
  • Chris C.
    Chris CaloJune 7, 2011
    Definitely one of the coolest places I've ever been. Great atmosphere, excellent cocktails.
  • Jarret W.
    Jarret WeinrichAugust 11, 2012
    I feel like I just walked into Bioshock, but minus the murderous zombies and plus better bartenders. Worth the wait for reservations.
  • Carl F.
    Carl FigueiredoDecember 8, 2013
    Scoff Law....order it, drink it, & be the best version of you you can be.
  • Jes C.
    Jes CyMarch 23, 2016
    Nice ambiance. The password at the door it's a little too much
  • Kim L.
    Kim LeMarch 31, 2013
    The imperial eagle is a great drink for bourbon lovers
  • Steven A.
    Steven AdamsMay 13, 2016
    Had a really nice aviation on a friends recommendation
  • Susan L.
    Susan LohAugust 15, 2011
    1) find a baller friend. 2) convince him/her to rent out the hidden cigar room. 3) sip and enjoy.
  • erick c.
    erick castroMarch 1, 2012
    Order the Ramos Gin Fizz when its really busy. They love making them.
  • Jules
    JulesOctober 14, 2014
    Great bar and staff. Drinks are superb
  • Markus A.
    Markus AarstadOctober 28, 2013
    Designed to resemble a speak-easy (one stood here in the 1920s) this is among the city’s hippest bars.
  • Luc J.
    Luc JacobsNovember 7, 2014
    Let me save you time. Order the Skull Island Sour.
  • Priya S.
    Priya SaiprasadSeptember 16, 2012
    Get ready to party like Mr. Gatsby himself at this Speakeasy! Order the Cucumber Gimlet and you won't regret it!
  • Guillaume F.
    Guillaume FlandreNovember 7, 2014
    Cocktail bar kinda hidden. The second room seems to be kinda VIP. Overall kinda cool!
  • Lance L.
    Lance LacoffOctober 8, 2014
    Get a reservation and enjoy some fresh cocktails with friends
  • Shabeeb
    ShabeebDecember 3, 2013
    book in advance to get the password, or show up early.
  • Eric A.
    Eric AuldMarch 28, 2013
    Booking required if you want to sit down, otherwise they have a crazier bar area.
  • D O.
    D OOctober 23, 2014
    Great atmosphere and a pretty decent selection of burbons.
  • Annie 🌺 J.
    Came for a private party in the Russell Room - it was great!
  • Food & Wine
    Food & WineApril 20, 2011
    Bourbon & Branch occupies the space where a speakeasy operated during Prohibition.
  • @JaumePrimero
    @JaumePrimeroOctober 17, 2010
    Magnificent cocktail menu, let the mixologists dazzle you with their creations!
  • MattersOfGrey.com
    MattersOfGrey.comJuly 7, 2013
    if you find this place, enter. Sit back, sip a bourbon drink, and watch.
  • Brennan G.
    Brennan GilbertOctober 9, 2013
    Atmosphere was cool... other than back door being wide open, which would've been OK had the service not been so unfriendly. Disappointed with the "library" portion though didn't try eating there.
  • Joel V.
    Joel VikrantMay 13, 2014
    Their old fashioned is a definite must get here.
  • Desiree A.
    Desiree AldeguerApril 13, 2013
    Every drink here is amazing. And the girls are hot.
  • Ira S.
    Ira SerkesJuly 28, 2011
    I walked in, smiled, went through the secret bookshelf door and smiled even more. What an amazing place!
  • Ivan N.
    Ivan NievesMarch 20, 2012
    The laphroig project is one of the best drinks I've had in my life.
  • Danette D.
    Danette DeichmannAugust 6, 2014
    Great cocktails by entertaining bartenders!
  • apab
    apabJune 2, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Favorite Cocktail so far is the "Cucumber Gimlet": Vodka + Elderflower + Lime Juice + Orange Bitters + Sparkling White Wine + Cucumber Sliver = Amazeballs!
  • Kristen
    KristenAugust 11, 2011
    Ask for the drink called 'fools gold'. it's made into complete perfection :)
  • Andres D.
    Andres DouglasJuly 12, 2016
    Try to get into the speakeasy within the speakeasy - http://www.thewilsonbar.com
  • Nick G.
    Nick GreifAugust 28, 2011
    Great vintage cocktail bar but a nightmare on the weekends. Read more
  • Irina L.
    Irina LeonidovnaApril 9, 2016
    Fun place for a drink, good coctails
  • Freya-Rose T.
    Freya-Rose TannerOctober 12, 2014
    Awesome vibe. Delicious food. Exciting drinks.
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    Pueblo Viejo TequilaMarch 28, 2016
    The Easter colors reflect in a Margarita mixed with Pueblo Viejo. Get yours here at Bourbon Ranch!
  • Valentin G.
    Valentin GuerinJuly 4, 2016
    Call to book a table and get the password of the day.
  • Maayan S.
    Maayan SheinfeldNovember 7, 2014
    Skull island sour is pretty much the shit;) loved it the most
  • Julien H.
    Julien HamaideMarch 25, 2016
    Great place, slightly too crowd. Ransom of success
  • Andy F.
    Andy FrancoOctober 21, 2015
    Old fashioned, cucumber gimlet, and Hemingway daiquiri!
  • Third Eye Blind
    Third Eye BlindOctober 21, 2013
    Rollin' through the TL, sippin' some gin n' juice... actually homemade bitters.
  • Karlsson's Vodka
    Karlsson's VodkaApril 26, 2012
    Head to the Wilson and try the Charlie Chan cocktail - made with Karlsson's Gold Vodka!
  • S M.
    S MCSeptember 21, 2012
    Make a reservation or you won't get in to the coolest spot in the city!
  • Jason A.
    Jason AlongiAugust 19, 2013
    The rattlesnake is a must have drink!
  • Chris N.
    Chris NuttallDecember 13, 2012
    Recommend the Imperial Eagle, frothy peachy bourbon
  • Gareth
    GarethMay 10, 2011
    Since you're so close to the tenderloin, go get some crack near the smoke shop
  • Andy
    AndySeptember 15, 2011
    The bourbon old fashion was well done and the staff was super nice
  • Stephen B.
    You have to make a reservation.
  • Leandro Angel S.
    Leandro Angel SanchezAugust 26, 2013
    Spice Trader - Delicious fresh taste.
  • Nishant T.
    Nishant TotlaOctober 4, 2016
    Great spot for a cozy conversation.
  • Kevin S.
    Kevin SweeneyMarch 25, 2012
    Might be worth the hype if you didn't have to wait in line for 20 min just to order an $11 drink
  • Rachael L.
    Rachael LynnMay 12, 2012
    Bartender impressed me by making a bourbon drink 'dry.' Perfect.
  • Simon K.
    Simon KratzerAugust 12
    Try to make a reservation for the next level.
  • Umesh G.
    Umesh GopinathJuly 28, 2012
    Not a great place to hang out but worth a visit for the novelty factor
  • Sam H.
    Sam HaskelAugust 22, 2015
    Cocktails were honestly a bit sweet
  • Matthew J.
    Matthew JacobsSeptember 18, 2012
    ask the bartender for the best cocktails
  • Angela H.
    Angela HsiaoAugust 13, 2014
    Get the cucumber gimlet. Yummy!!
  • Jennifer R.
    Jennifer RussoAugust 24, 2014
    Amazing. Such old school feel - they do a great job. I did the 3 drink special for $30. Red Scarab was the first - don't remember names of the next two - skull sour something...delicious.
  • Diego R.
    Diego RufoMarch 23, 2011
    In a word, a pretty expensive place to hang out... but it worth it! Read more
  • Richard H.
    Richard HuaJune 5, 2014
    Make sure you know the password otherwise you can't get in. The library they send you next door is a not worth it.
  • David N.
    David NeighborsJuly 28, 2013
    Lots of people with funny hats; and people speaking too loudly!
  • Conery W.
    Conery WilbanksJune 11, 2013
    Wow. The Morning Bell was fantastic. Happy birthday to me!
  • Jennifer R.
    Jennifer RussoAugust 24, 2014
    No sign - look for this one. :-)
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    Pueblo Viejo TequilaDecember 7, 2015
    If you are in Burbon & Branch, try a Margarita with Pueblo Viejo Blanco.
  • Natalya B.
    Natalya BelkinAugust 12, 2014
    Ambiance, cocktails
  • Mikahla V.
    Mikahla VicinoFebruary 13
    El camino is a mezcal lover's dream.
  • Jessica M.
    Tuxedo , my favorite
  • Rob A.
    Rob AtkinsonOctober 8
    Look up your password on the reservation email
  • Vicki H.
    Vicki HongAugust 27, 2011
    Cucumber gimlet is delightful and refreshing!
  • David A.
    David AllAugust 13, 2010
    Ask the mixologist for his favorite cocktail off the menu.
  • Aditya S.
    Aditya SarkarOctober 18, 2016
    Benko n bormps wep2say. S waow - tek cowabungaGempo s grape
  • Jenice R.
    Jenice RogersNovember 25, 2012
    TROUBLE! Such a great time!
  • Jessika R.
    Jessika RothOctober 14, 2011
    Ask for the off-menu drink The Naked Nephew.
  • Dwight B.
    Dwight BJuly 27, 2009
    Nice intimate atmosphere, excellent drinks (pricey), and a good amount of history make this my bar of choice downtown.
  • Renee P.
    Renee PeltonMay 19, 2012
    When someone slips you a Jeffrey, you need to rub the furry wall.
  • Bennet M.
    Bennet ManuelApril 7, 2013
    Go for the Revolver! Always bullet!!!
  • Mutineer Magazine
    Mutineer MagazineDecember 7, 2013
    The bartenders will take real good care of you.
  • Michael B.
    Michael BurkettMarch 6, 2009
    Sit and the bar and tell the bartender something you have in mind, without being too specific. Don't even think about using your cellphone in here.(advanced reservations required)
  • Frank N.
    Frank NeillJuly 30, 2015
    Old Fashioneds are amazing
  • Kazuko G.
    Kazuko GoldenJuly 23, 2010
    Get the FAIR. Vodka - it is made from Fair Trade quinoa from Bolivia
  • Mike W.
    Mike WintersMay 27, 2012
    Good anytime but better with your best friend
  • Corey F.
    Corey FordAugust 1, 2009
    Go to Bourbon & Branch (call ahead for secret password), order the special drink, & pretend you are Al Capone.
  • Mutineer Magazine
    Mutineer MagazineDecember 7, 2013
    Shh. Oh, try the Imperial Eagle.
  • Shelly C.
    Shelly CustodioNovember 3, 2011
    Try the cucumber gimlet or bitter end!
  • Abhinav G.
    Abhinav GuptaAugust 18, 2014
    Awesome prohibition bar.
  • Melanie C.
    Melanie CaselasAugust 10, 2014
    Good vibes / speakeasy
  • Anja C.
    Anja CordesFebruary 10
    The atmosphere and the drinks.
  • Fabian A.
    Fabian ArvizuNovember 6, 2016
    Book for the Library. (Back room hidden)
  • Archana A.
    Archana AsokanMarch 16, 2014
    Order the "runway" .. Pretty good !
  • Shea G.
    Shea GroveJanuary 15, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Make reservations here and have the "Blood on Sand", or skip the reservations and have a "Revolver".
  • Carina A.
    Carina AndersenMarch 25, 2015
    Do the tequila flight. Or any other flight for that matter.
  • Cameron M.
    Cameron MadduxJuly 20, 2015
    Great flights to give you something to speak easy about.
  • David
    DavidJanuary 2, 2015
    Best drinks in the TL
  • Toby C.
    Toby C.August 19, 2010
    the only library worth visiting in the city
  • Colleen S.
    Colleen SheaSeptember 1, 2016
    Make A reservation to get the password, if you're in to speakeasy's you will love the authenticity of this place! The cucumber gimlet Is to die for!
  • cherls
    cherlsJuly 20, 2013
    Get the flight at Wilson and Wilson!
  • Threedukes
    ThreedukesNovember 28, 2015
    Revolver is delicious!
  • Peter B.
    Peter BoyceMarch 14
    Frank Lloyd Wright
  • Pete P.
    Pete PetrasJuly 9, 2009
    Great speakeasy theme... get a password and have some of the best cocktails in town.
  • Marvin
    MarvinOctober 4, 2015
    You'll need a password.
  • Mikita K.
    Mikita KotJune 22
    The entrance is discreet
  • Tamisha A.
    Tamisha ApodacaJune 9, 2010
    This is probably a no-brainer for most: eat something before you come here. It's drinks only.
  • Sarah W.
    Sarah WulfeckDecember 16, 2011
    The Citizen Cane will knock you on your ass.
  • Sabina B.
    Sabina B.August 7, 2014
    They have Laphraoig Quarter Cask here #PraiseJesus #🙏
  • Adriano D.
    Adriano Di MarcoMay 15, 2013
    Try the French 75 :)
  • Akash M.
    Akash MehtaJuly 10, 2013
    Scoff law drink is like a whiskey sour!
  • Kristy K.
    Kristy KorczFebruary 3, 2012
    The Old Cowboy is amazing.
  • Ryan G.
    Ryan GallagherJune 15, 2015
    Speakeasy vibe
  • Natarajan C.
    Natarajan ChakrapaniApril 27, 2014
    Revolver = bourbon perfection
  • DJ E.
    DJ EshelmanMarch 6, 2014
    Library. Just do it.
  • Abhishek K.
    Abhishek KonaDecember 15, 2014
    The bartenders are in the rude side.
  • Carlos C.
    Carlos CervantesFebruary 18, 2016
    Whiskey drinks
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithJuly 10, 2012
    Try the Old Fashioned.
  • Irina L.
    Irina LeonidovnaApril 9, 2016
    Fun place for a drink
  • Jess L.
    Jess LMarch 11, 2016
    Eat before you go
  • Diana F.
    Diana FakhouriMay 31, 2011
    Skip reservations and head to the library (books). Read more
  • Amy J.
    Amy JJanuary 2, 2015
    So many different rooms here
  • Anthony D.
    Anthony DicksonJune 18, 2011
    Cool joint. Too busy. Need an ironic hat or vest to be cool.
  • Jessie D.
    Jessie DowneyDecember 29, 2011
    Don't use flash photography they will yell at you!
  • Glenda B.
    Glenda B 🙌March 20, 2009
    You need advance reservations almost 100% of the time to sit down in a booth, but if you go Wednesday through Saturday, you can get standing room in the Library. (SardineWeekends)
  • Simon R.
    Simon RojasJanuary 9, 2016
    Awesome Paloma
  • Dee
    DeeAugust 31, 2013
    Gotta know the password
  • Darshy N.
    Darshy NAugust 16, 2011
    Make reservations first!
  • Clifford W.
    Clifford WangFebruary 23, 2013
    I'm a bit old fashion.
  • Ted S.
    Ted SmithSeptember 16, 2016
    The password is books
  • Jacob B.
    Jacob BriarsFebruary 17, 2011
    Try the Citizen Cane! Delicious!
  • James V.
    James VincentSeptember 5, 2013
    Speakeasy please.
  • ˜ ˜.
    ˜ ˜December 22, 2012
    "Rum Crawl". You're welcome.
  • D.
    D.October 13, 2013
    Cucumber Gimlet it is.
  • Meera K.
    Meera KhandkarApril 19, 2012
    DON'T get a revolver. it makes you want to hurl...
  • Nedra
    NedraDecember 9, 2016
    The Revolver in the Library.
  • Scott W.
    Scott WilsonJuly 6, 2014
    imperial eagle
  • Anaheli D.
    Anaheli De los SantosFebruary 5, 2010
    1.- Bullet bourbon2.- Make a reservation or they will just take you to the library...
  • Stephanie C.
    Stephanie CJuly 28, 2011
    Bring a flashlight - it's dark in here!
  • @themayorpete
    @themayorpeteNovember 18, 2013
    just go to tradition
  • Deb M.
    Deb MadeyAugust 3, 2012
    Secret Words will get u in
  • Scott P.
    Scott PasternakJuly 25, 2009
    Go to Bourbon and Branch and be transported 90 years into the past while enjoying the most complex and expertly prepared libations ever!
  • effie g.
    effie gApril 3, 2011
    Try to get in to the Wilson and Wilson Room
  • Bart K.
    Bart KMay 18, 2011
    Have a Bobby Burns, you wont be disappointed!
  • Mick.
    Mick.August 17, 2009
    Make a reservation, but request the library. The seating is a little too stuffy.
  • Chris B.
    Chris BarclayOctober 7, 2014
    Dark and mysterious.
  • Alex W.
    Alex W.October 13, 2011
    Darkest bathroom in the united states.
  • Luke B.
    Luke BeardMarch 30, 2013
    Whattttttttt!!
  • Dave S.
    Dave SteerNovember 1, 2014
    The.Best.Cocktails.Ever.
  • Catherine B.
    Catherine B.February 21, 2010
    Best bourbon selection in town!
  • Mel H.
    Mel HoyleApril 14, 2012
    Cocktail Time.
  • Gloria T.
    Gloria TangJuly 4, 2015
    Hot persuit
  • Joshua K.
    Joshua KaufmanJuly 17, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Cucumber "Gimlet"
  • Mike M.
    Mike MuellerAugust 1, 2011
    Incredible place! Read more
  • Larissa V.
    Larissa VazJune 18, 2014
    Louisville Slugger...
  • Ian S.
    Ian S.January 8, 2011
    If ur a lady watch out for the guy from Berkeley/Chicago/maybe England.
  • Kyle N.
    Kyle N.August 21, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the Martinez.
  • JenMarie
    JenMarieMarch 20, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Stiletto. Gypsy.
  • David T.
    David TaylorAugust 22, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Market Special
  • JenMarie
    JenMarieMarch 20, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Agent Smith
  • Jonah B.
    Jonah BloomJuly 23, 2011
    Hide in the toilet to check in. I am.
  • Merlin G.
    Merlin GriffithsJune 5, 2010
    Ophelias fancy cocktail
  • Thriving Ivory
    Thriving IvoryApril 30, 2009
    Coolest bar in SF, an old speakeasy owned by our friend Brian Sheehy
  • Brian L.
    Brian LinkOctober 22, 2009
    I highly recommend the "books" room. 1. knock 2. say books
  • Collin W.
    Collin WhiteheadMarch 6, 2010
    Steve makes a TASTY mocktail!
  • José L.
    José LeosJuly 29, 2009
    Try a Cucumber Gimlet
  • raees e.
    raees ebrahimJune 19, 2010
    cucumber gimlet
  • Morgan S.
    Morgan SOctober 22, 2009
    Excellent Jack Rose cocktail.
  • Edward K.
    Edward KingDecember 3, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Laphroaig Project
  • Matthew H.
    Matthew HuntSeptember 24, 2009
    A drink in the library.
  • Il Team Neapolisbook
    Il Team NeapolisbookFebruary 22, 2015
    Il tempio della trasgressione californiana! Qui ognuno è realmente libero di essere se stesso, del resto è bandito l'uso di telefonini e tablet, per cui.....
  • Rasputin V.
    Rasputin ViktorFebruary 14, 2016
    Левая дверь из трёх, рядышком будет охранник, он подскажет если вы ошибётесь дверью. Обязательно попробуйте револьвер🙌
  • Sarianne C.
    Sarianne CormierJune 28, 2015
    Très bon old fashioned, un peu trop sucré. Atmosphère remarquable! Gilmlet exceptionnel. Lieu mémorable.
  • Tommaso S.
    Tommaso SDecember 13, 2014
    Speakeasy e ottimi cocktails!
  • Sam .
    Sam 🎀February 25, 2016
    google kodeordet først ellers kommer du ikke ind
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