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Bourbon & Branch

Bourbon & Branch

Speakeasy, Cocktail Bar, and Whisky Bar$$$$
Tenderloin, San Francisco
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  • 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 1 week ago
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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%! 😮
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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)
  • 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!
  • 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.
    Upvoted Aug 29
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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 3 weeks ago
  • 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.
  • 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
  • @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.
  • 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.
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