Bourbon & Branch

Bourbon & Branch

Speakeasy, Cocktail Bar, and Whisky Bar · Tenderloin
501 Jones St (at O'Farrell St), San Francisco, CA 94102, United States
Open until 2:00 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • 6:00 PM–2:00 AM
$ $ $ $
Beer, Wine, Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express)
Outdoor Seating:

Bourbon & Branch is a glimpse back to the 1920's, the era of Prohibition, when sale of alcoho was outlawed. You'll experience the ambiance of a speakeasy that operated illegally here from 1921-33. Then, our address was listed in the Telephone Directory as "The Ipsw... (See all)


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    Natalie R.
    "Be sure to call ahead or make a reservation online for the password."(34 Tips)
    Matt S.
    "Vodka Lime Gimlet is the best drink you'll order all night."(20 Tips)
    Jacob B.
    "Try the Citizen Cane! Delicious!"(4 Tips)
    Ronaldo T.
    "Get the French 75 or a classic Old Fashioned."(9 Tips)
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  • Clara S.

    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.

    Clara S · 2 weeks ago
  • Harry R.

    On- and off-menu cocktails are fantastic. Watching the bartenders work was a real joy.

    Harry Roberts · October 23
  • Lindsay F.

    Cozy space with a cool vibe. Their cocktails are delicious and made with care!

    Lindsay Flores · October 21
  • Jules B.

    Great cocktails, good atmosphere - but you need to be able to see in the dark!

    Jules Belcher · October 21
  • Natalie K.

    Wonderful atmosphere - very romantic place, or good for a double date. Don't come here with a big group.

    Natalie K · October 21
  • Andy F.

    Old fashioned, cucumber gimlet, and Hemingway daiquiri!

    Andy Franco · October 21
  • Marvin

    You'll need a password.

    Marvin · October 4
  • Marcy M.

    The cucumber gimlet is so good!

    Marcy Maxwell · August 28
  • Sam H.

    Cocktails were honestly a bit sweet

    Sam Haskel · August 22
  • Frank N.

    Old Fashioneds are amazing

    Frank Neill · July 30
  • Frank N.

    Among the best Old Fashioneds I've ever had. A must visit. DeDe at the Library Bar is a cocktail artist.

    Frank Neill · July 30
  • Shannon C.

    Fun environment, even if the secret is out. If you don't like bourbon, I recommend the Hemingway's Daiquiri.

    Shannon Coulson · July 23
  • Cameron M.

    Great flights to give you something to speak easy about.

    Cameron Maddux · July 20
  • Kevin S.

    Cocktails are great. Bar is too busy on weekends.

    Kevin Siu · July 4
  • Gloria T.

    Hot persuit

    Gloria Tang · July 4
  • Ryan G.

    Speakeasy vibe

    Ryan Gallagher · June 15
  • Barton S.

    A San Francisco staple. Make sure you get here once and book ahead.

    Barton Smith · June 13
  • Brian L.

    Great drinks, true commitment to theme and decor. Dark, wood-paneled and pretty much perfect.

    Brian Longtin · April 28
  • Jenny L.

    Reservations needed. Extensive cocktail menu. Need to figure out how to get in the hidden bar inside Bourbon and Branch.

    Jenny L. · April 13
  • Carina A.

    Do the tequila flight. Or any other flight for that matter.

    Carina Andersen · March 25
  • SFist

    The Naughty Sun Dress is a crisp, complex, slightly sweet concoction that looks like a deceptively simple, clear martini. Read more

    SFist · March 25
  • John E.

    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.

    John E · March 13
  • Kristina L.

    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!

    Kristina Lee · February 23
  • ℰℓenaᶳᵘ²

    INCREDIBLE place, a great way to end an evening! Their menu is incredibly extensive, with loads of cool cocktails on it. We tried 4 different ones and liked all of them. I would definitely come back!

    ℰℓenaᶳᵘ² · February 19
  • 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

  • AFAR Media

    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

    AFAR Media · January 22
  • Alex L.

    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.

    Alex Lobov · January 17
  • Patrick W.

    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).

    Patrick W · January 8
  • Peter W.

    The most intricate, legit speakeasy in SF. Get the passcode and enjoy!

    Peter Wu · January 4
  • Amy J.

    So many different rooms here

    Amy J · January 2
  • David

    Best drinks in the TL

    David · January 2
  • Zach N.

    Awesome little speakeasy. Great drinks.

    Zach Negrey · December 29, 2014
  • Claire J.

    Delicious hand crafted cocktails, super cool atmosphere

    Claire Judson · December 21, 2014
  • Abhishek K.

    The bartenders are in the rude side.

    Abhishek Kona · December 15, 2014
  • Garann M.

    State your gin preference. I asked what a particular cocktail was made with and found out the default was Gordon's.

    Garann Means · November 16, 2014
  • Luc J.

    Let me save you time. Order the Skull Island Sour.

    Luc Jacobs · November 7, 2014
  • Maayan S.

    Skull island sour is pretty much the shit;) loved it the most

    Maayan Sheinfeld · November 7, 2014
  • Guillaume F.

    Cocktail bar kinda hidden. The second room seems to be kinda VIP. Overall kinda cool!

    Guillaume Flandre · November 7, 2014
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    Dave Steer · November 1, 2014
  • D O.

    Great atmosphere and a pretty decent selection of burbons.

    D O · October 23, 2014
  • Joanie

    Never met a more enthusiastic bartender in my life. Justin makes great cucumber gimlets

    Joanie · October 23, 2014
  • Arijit D.

    The ambience is awesome! All handcrafted cocktails. A must visit.

    Arijit Dasgupta · October 22, 2014
  • Marc S.

    Try their twist on a whisky sour: the Skulll Island Sour. A bit sweeter and spicier. With the egg white, of course.

    Marc S · October 16, 2014
  • Marc S.

    Craft cocktails. Ask your bartender for suggestions based on the base liquor or tastes you like.

    Marc S · October 16, 2014
  • Jules

    Great bar and staff. Drinks are superb

    Jules · October 14, 2014
  • Freya-Rose T.

    Awesome vibe. Delicious food. Exciting drinks.

    Freya-Rose Tanner · October 12, 2014
  • Alison B.

    Amazing place and amazing cocktails. Try the 'breakfast at Annie's' or mezcalifornication.

    Alison Brady · October 8, 2014
  • Lance L.

    Get a reservation and enjoy some fresh cocktails with friends

    Lance Lacoff · October 8, 2014
  • Chris B.

    Dark and mysterious.

    Chris Barclay · October 7, 2014
  • Zak E.

    Nice atmosphere. I really enjoyed the secret password, hidden bar, exclusivity of it all...

    Zak Ettlinger · October 2, 2014

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