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Cantina

Cocktail Bar · Downtown San Francisco-Union Square
580 Sutter St (Mason), San Francisco, CA 94102, United States
Hours:
Closed until 5:00 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sat
    • 5:00 PM–2:00 AM
  • Sun
    • 2:00 PM–2:00 AM
Price:
$$$$
Menus:
Happy Hour
Drinks:
Beer, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express)
Wi-Fi:
No
7.7/10

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    Kelly H.
    "Grab a Laughing Buddha or some Pisco Punch and enjoy."(11 Tips)
    Katherine L.
    "Laughing Buddha will blow your mind with tastiness!"(7 Tips)
    Justin B.
    "my favorite cocktails called The Carmen Amaya"(4 Tips)
    Michael S.
    "Five spice margarita= amazing, order it!"(4 Tips)
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  • AskMen
    One of the few local bars that has rhum agricole, a type of rum that, much like tequila or champagne or Scotch, has an appellation of origin, meaning that it can only come from a certain place. Read more
    AskMen · September 23, 2011
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  • Scott R.
    If coming from out of town, stay next door at the quaint Hotel Rex. After a night of "What's next?", you'll be glad you did. So many great drinks that you'll want to sample the ENTIRE menu!
    Scott R. · March 16, 2012
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  • Justin B.
    Home to one of my favorite cocktails called The Carmen Amaya - Rye whiskey, cointreau, lemon, dry sherry, orange bitters, basil. Great weekdays at happy hour before it gets busy. Read more
    Justin Baum · July 9, 2012
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  • Yael A.
    Slurp and prime your amore with sexy cocktails by hot barmen--Delicious Duggan, Sassy Shaher or Randy Andy--when it gets muy caliente, you're 5 steps away from the posh Hotel Rex.
    Yael Amyra · April 11, 2012
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  • The Bold Italic
    Try the Pisco Punch here: made with Campo, crushed pineapple, citrus, Angostura bitters, and ginger brew. Served over lots of ice in a Collins glass, this tangy treat is a spirited twist on classic Pi
    The Bold Italic · March 10, 2011
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  • Anthony✌️ ✨.
    Forget the old cocktails at Cantina. This place is in transition. Come here for Kevin Diedrich's hits from BDK, Burritt room, and Jasper's tap room before they switch over to their new concept.
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  • paisley
    The Misdemeanor if you like tequila & the heat...of chiles. Perfection. (orange drink is Pisco Punch...for those who want an entry level cocktail intro)
    paisley · November 4, 2011
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  • Men's Health Mag
    The bartenders here know the value of detail. They’re throwing blackberries into caipirinhas. They’re juicing oranges behind the bar. Grab a caipirinha, here they do it right.
    Men's Health Mag · November 15, 2011
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  • janice b.
    these guys are GENIUS when it come to the art of mixology! The one-of-a-kind Laughing Buddah is like nothing you've ever had in your life. Heat, ginger, sparkle, citrus awesome
    janice bailon · March 25, 2010
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  • Bradley P.
    Bees Knees rocks!! The owner hooked me up with a list of all the best local/original San Fran bars!! Very inovative and trendy place!
    Bradley Peppers · June 24, 2010
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  • Kat C.
    Laughing Budda is weird, go with the Gentleman's Delight. Drinks take forever, but that my have been my incompetent friends I sent to the bar!
    Kat Carmichael · April 2, 2011
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  • The Corcoran Group
    We love the handcrafted culinary cocktails and the awesome vibe at this true cantina. Try The Misdemeanor, the Laughing Buddha or a pitcher of Pisco Punch.
    The Corcoran Group · June 19, 2011
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  • Kelly H.
    If you like spicy cocktails or Pisco, Cantina is the place for you. Grab a Laughing Buddha or some Pisco Punch and enjoy.
    Kelly H. · February 17, 2014
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  • Esquire
    Congratulations, you've found one of Esquire's Best Bars in America. They make excellent cocktails, and the duende cocktail is especially good. Try it.
    Esquire · February 1, 2011
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  • Shirene M.
    Tell Bartender Shaher what u like to drink & he will concoct u a delicious cocktail! His fav: The Buddha
    Shirene Misif · August 8, 2011
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  • Harpreet S.
    although they do have beers on the tap... but caipirinha's and margarita's are what they are known for... no food here...
    Harpreet Sethi · October 5, 2014
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  • Rachel K.
    The laughin Buddha is pretty tasty... As is the five spice margarita. Definitely worth a try!
    Rachel Kuta · May 12, 2012
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  • Linsey K.
    The Hemingway was disappointing (too tart) but the Tiger Lily was pretty flippin' amazing. Recommended!
    Linsey Kramer · December 3, 2010
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  • Liz C.
    Mixologists make everything with fresh ingredients. Get a pitcher, don't order by the drink.
    Liz Chavez · May 23, 2013
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  • Melanie N.
    Come at 530 pm on a weeknight to avoid the crowd. Also, the blackberry & basil cooler is so good!
    Melanie Nelson · August 3, 2010
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  • SFist
    The Five-Spice Margarita combines the fresh, summery flavors of the tropics with just a hint of Chinese spice. Read more
    SFist · March 25, 2015
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  • Johan M.
    Very unimpressed with the snotty bartenders and the ridiculous wait for drinks while they chat with each other
    Johan Mickelin · April 4, 2010
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  • James C.
    For awesome proper cocktails, trust the bartender when you tell them what you like. Best ever.
    James Cox · March 15, 2009
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  • lindsey k.
    The drinks are innovative and tasty... If you can ever get a bartender to actually help you.
    lindsey kirtley · April 4, 2010
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  • Nick J.
    Anything with pisco, but the pisco punch is the best you'll ever have.
    Nick Jordan · August 24, 2014
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  • Jeff R.
    Amazing spicy drinks that will blow your mind! Great bartenders, music, and atmosphere!
    Jeff Rothenberg · July 21, 2011
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  • Food & Wine
    Duggan McDonnell's Latin-inspired lounge features rotating art exhibits and eccentric cocktails.
    Food & Wine · April 20, 2011
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  • Apurva M.
    The laughing Buddha is a great drink. So are the pisco based drinks
    Apurva Mehta · August 11, 2013
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  • Pamela T.
    Pisco punch was awesome. Dougin and Andrew are the most amazing bartenders by far!<3
    Pamela Tran · February 22, 2012
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  • Caroline S.
    good vibes, cocktails are well crafted & absolutely delish.
    Caroline S. · December 10, 2011
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  • Damian D.
    Straight to the bottom of the menu and order the blackberry cooler
    Damian Davila · February 19, 2012
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  • Michael S.
    Super cool bar.....awful service. Apparently speed and money are not a priority.
    Michael Sterl · April 15, 2012
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  • Yvette C.
    Amazing bar tenders! Super packed fun atmosphere
    Yvette Carnahan · March 1, 2013
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  • Michael S.
    Five spice margarita= amazing, order it!
    Michael Sterl · April 15, 2012
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  • Jane N.
    They have pitchers that can feed about 5 people
    Jane Nguyen · February 3, 2013
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  • Arda K.
    The blackberry cabernet caipirinha is very good.
    Arda Kara · July 17, 2011
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  • Michael S.
    Prize filly is amazing. Must do if u like rye/bourbon/whiskey
    Michael Sterl · April 15, 2012
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  • Neville B.
    Laughing Buddha has a kick to it for those who don't like spice.
    Neville Bendiola · December 24, 2010
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  • Violet B.
    Carmen Amaya - Rittenhouse rye, Cointreau, lemon, muddled basil, sherry.
    Violet Blue · July 18, 2013
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  • Ian O.
    Awesome little bar, outstanding service and great vibe
    Ian O'Neill · March 27, 2015
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  • Fabio R.
    "The Carmen Amaya" is one of the best cocktails in the city according to SFist
    Fabio Resende · July 17, 2013
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  • Jeremy B.
    Order the Italian Getaway for a delicious drink.
    Jeremy Baker · May 31, 2012
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  • Jeff R.
    If you're here for Jenny and Jeff's birthday, checking downstairs at Double Trouble!
    Jeff Rider · January 1, 2011
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  • cindy
    If you like spicy drinks ... Good options
    cindy · August 21, 2014
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  • George A.
    Five spice margaritas are exquisite.
    George Adams · January 18, 2014
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  • Michelle H.
    LOVED the Blackberry & Cabernet Caipirinha and you might too! :-)
    Michelle Holmberg · May 25, 2010
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  • Stephen B.
    This bar is featured on Zagat's Best Cocktail Experts in San Francisco list.
    Stephen Bassman · September 15, 2013
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  • Jeff Z.
    If you only order one thing, order the Laughing Buddah!
    Jeff Z · June 5, 2010
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  • lara l.
    try the laughing Buddha! yum perfect mix of Ginger!
    lara long · July 10, 2009
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  • Linda Y.
    Bartender ignored me for 20 minutes and was rude when he finally got to me. Never going back.
    Linda Yang · November 18, 2015
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  • Elisa M.
    Awesome Pisco punch! You must try it!
    Elisa Miguelena · March 3, 2012
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  • Jakey A.
    These people aren't just "bartenders", they're mixologists!
    Jakey A. · January 24, 2013
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  • Steve W.
    Great cocktails music and beer. No food
    Steve Wright · September 23, 2014
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  • Katherine L.
    Laughing Buddha will blow your mind with tastiness!
    Katherine Lu · April 23, 2012
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  • Eugênio L.
    Ask for shaher..this negus is awesome
    Eugênio Lou · August 27, 2011
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  • Valeria K.
    Ask for Duggin, tell him I sent ya
    Valeria Kholostenko · June 3, 2012
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  • Latesha L.
    Pisco punch is absolutely to die for
    Latesha Lynch · February 27, 2014
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  • Sarah
    Laughing Budda- sweet and spicy deliciousness!
    Sarah · November 16, 2010
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  • Mutineer Magazine
    Get something with Encanto Pisco. You'll be happy.
    Mutineer Magazine · January 21, 2012
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  • Anna K.
    Best drinks! Make an awesome mojito!
    Anna Kern Sanford · September 10, 2011
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  • paisley
    The Misdemeanor if you like tequila & heat!!!
    paisley · November 4, 2011
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  • Katie T.
    Super slow for only ten people at the bar... Not impressed.
    Katie Tron · June 13, 2013
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  • Harris O.
    Always start with the pisco sour.
    Harris Oranges · March 12, 2012
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  • Erin C.
    The blackberry vodka basil cocktail rocks my world.
    Erin Collopy · February 25, 2014
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  • Robin P.
    Make sure shaher makes your drink
    Robin Pisani · September 18, 2010
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  • Sarah T.
    Blackberry & cabernet caipirinha is where its at.
    Sarah Torney · February 13, 2010
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  • Lan
    The bees knees is what it promises it be.
    Lan · September 21, 2011
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  • Michael S.
    Highly recommend the " Old Gringo".
    Michael Serrano · August 14, 2012
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  • Liisa L.
    Don't come thirsty. Slowest bartenders on earth. Stoned much?
    Liisa Laukkanen · April 4, 2010
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  • Parviz D.
    Get the Pisco punch pitcher!!!!
    Parviz D · November 26, 2010
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  • Curtis P.
    LOVED EVERY DRINK.
    Curtis Perkins · February 23, 2013
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  • Ryan S.
    Goto Cantina and get the Buddha
    Ryan Sarver · March 3, 2009
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  • Sarah E.
    Laughing Budah, is my fav spicy drink
    Sarah Elizabeth · June 22, 2012
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  • Michael C.
    Pisco Punch packs a punch!
    Michael Chang · June 15, 2013
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  • Perihan C.
    Have an awesome 5 spice margarita!
    Perihan Cumali · October 15, 2009
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  • Jose P.
    Talk yo Andy for the best recommendations. Buyah
    Jose Prieto · May 10, 2012
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  • Sarah W.
    $4 glass of club soda. Nice.
    Sarah Wood · February 9, 2013
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  • Bill G.
    Try The Criollo Sour -->
    Bill Godwin · February 3, 2012
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  • Juan Pablo A.
    Order Tequila REVOLUCION
    Juan Pablo Arav · January 17, 2012
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  • R D.
    Cocktails laughing Buddha
    R D · March 3
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  • jenn c.
    Pitchers are awesome!
    jenn corrao · May 15, 2010
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  • Sinisa B.
    Get the Hemingway!
    Sinisa Brcinovic · May 26, 2013
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  • Charles P.
    These guys are great.
    Charles Potts · May 15, 2013
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  • Anthony M.
    The Carmen Amaya
    Anthony Maggio · July 23, 2013
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  • Francesco R.
    Laughiiiiiiiing budddhaaaaaaaaa!
    Francesco R. · February 3, 2010
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  • Léna Le Rolland
    Nice place !
    Léna Le Rolland · September 23, 2014
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  • Matthew H.
    laughing bhudda is bomb!
    Matthew Hunt · November 15, 2009
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  • Matías P.
    Al comienzo son frios pero con el rato se ponen agradables y puedes conversar. Entretenido pero faltan mujeres.
    Matías Palau · December 12, 2012
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