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Nihon Whisky Lounge

Nihon Whisky Lounge

Whisky Bar, Sushi Restaurant, and Japanese Restaurant$$$$
Mission District, San Francisco
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  • Ken v.
    Ken verbMay 17, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    If there's a non-trivial sum of money burning a hole in your wallet, then a) lucky you, and b) consider purchasing a bottle, which can be stored in the locker upstairs and enjoyed later. Kanpai!
  • Ken v.
    Ken verbMay 17, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Although the whisk(e)y selection is staggering in size and quality, this is one of the few places where you can get Suntory beer poured from a Japanese-style tap, complete with a velvety-smooth head.
  • Tinna H.
    With 450 bottles of whiskey at display there's a lot to look at if you sit in bar. The staff knows what they are talking about and are very friendly and helpful. The whiskey cocktails are amazing too!
  • Devananda v.
    Devananda van der VeenJanuary 26, 2015
    One of my favorite bars in SF. Great food and very friendly staff. If you're not in the mood for one of the hundred or so whiskeys, the mixed drinks are awesome too. Can't recommend it highly enough!
  • Cherrie C.
    Cherrie CNovember 26, 2014
    Food is tapas-sized; I rec getting many plates and sharing! Bacon wrapped prawns: yes! Uni on a spoon: MUST! The Abnormals: not all that crackin'. Japanese wings: yes if you like fried chicken.
  • Ro M.
    Ro MdqSeptember 2, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Best whisky selection in the city, great way to get introduce to the whisky world... just do tastes until you find D" one, mine is Glenfarclas 17 yrs.
  • Alexander K.
    Alexander KhadiwalaJanuary 30, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Amazing selection of single malt scotches. Half pours so you can try plenty of stuff. And knowledgeable bartenders to make good recommendations. This spot is one of my new favorites.
  • Patricia L.
    Patricia LeeFebruary 20
    Awesome whiskey selection and good takoyaki. I wouldn't eat dinner here given the great option next door. Only complaint is they were out of several of the whiskies we tried to order.
  • SFGate M.
    SFGate ManagerJuly 16, 2012
    With more than 400, lovingly curated and served, and a handful of super-serious whiskey drinks that pay tribute to the city's neighborhoods, this is paradise for brown liquor lovers.
  • Cheapism
    CheapismMarch 5, 2011
    At the popular Izakaya happy hour spot for 50% off all appetizers from 5:30-7pm. Try traditional Japanese style bottlekeep, buy a bottle from their whiskeys and they store it in a locker for free. Read more
  • Kirk H.
    Kirk HerlitzOctober 28, 2015
    Of course, it's an amazing whisky selection, but the food is great, too! The pork belly skewers, sashimi and kurobuta sausages were standouts!
  • Caroline J.
    Caroline JackMay 18, 2015
    Lively & heaps of ambience. Have to shout at each other if it's busy :) Soft-shell crab roll and the tempura sweet potato fries need to be on your order list.
  • Christel Q.
    Christel QuekAugust 7, 2014
    Fried chicken is mind blowing. Pork belly was orgasmic. Enough said. Looks nondescript but the selection of beverages and food are amazing.
  • Susan L.
    Susan LohJuly 28, 2011
    Classy and intimate spot in the most random part of the Mission. Great selection of whisky, superb happy hour, and get the agedashi tofu with a side of rice.
  • Ken v.
    Ken verbJanuary 29, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    The aged belevardier is a great alt. to a negroni, and is often served with a "sculpted" piece of ice. Top notch service and drinks.
  • Tim B.
    Tasty but pricey: they seem to serve doubles by default which when you're talking about $18 for a single (like this Suntory Chita) can get unexpectedly expensive quickly.
  • Frank D.
    Frank DieboldAugust 30, 2015
    Dark exposed wood, dual-level interior with a robust menu. Ask about the whisky specials on the small board by the bar
  • Elissa S.
    Elissa ShevinskyMarch 24, 2013
    Get the salmon belly and the fries during happy hour. Starred menu items are half price, downstairs seating only. 5:30 - 7pm.
  • Adam A.
    Adam AFebruary 24, 2013
    The Mt. Fuji roll is incredible! Quite possibly my favorite roll in SF. Get it.
  • Pete I.
    Pete IppelDecember 19, 2011
    Come with friends who know their whiskey lounge and you'll leave enlightened. Bar staff is also well educated. Fun place to relax and chat.
  • Ming-Samurai L.
    Ming-Samurai LaiDecember 7, 2014
    Great selection of whiskey, the food is good too. A little pricy. if you are sitting at the bar, make sure you find out how much each tasting is before you commit.
  • Jessica T.
    Jessica TaiFebruary 27, 2012
    Crowded, but all the servers are really nice. For a whisky cocktail, I recommend the Green Tea Man (but it's not part of the Happy Hour offers)!
  • 板津 魁.
    Nice place nice fusion Japanese dishes. Toro avocado tartare, Kumamoto oysters and grilled cod filet were good.
  • Donald
    DonaldJanuary 31, 2012
    Love the Japanese food and whiskey combination. I could live in this place and die happy (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • heidi h.
    heidi harmanMay 14, 2015
    Amazing sashimi and heavely water sake. Weekdays are better than weekends in termos of getting tables.
  • Idan B.
    Idan BenaimDecember 4, 2011
    Great service, amazing food an good atmosphere, that suits a well made whiskey cocktails. Try the Hamachi Shitake
  • SF Weekly
    SF WeeklyMay 24, 2011
    SF Weekly’s Best Of 2011 Winner – Editorial Pick – BEST WHISKY COLLECTIONNihon beats them all with a staggering 450 different bottles, about 330 of those being single-malt ScotchRead more
  • Rob O.
    Rob OwenAugust 7, 2014
    It's a whiskey bar that also serves sushi. Really good sushi. And exceptional list of bourbons!
  • Michael D.
    Michael DempseyOctober 31, 2015
    Go for happy hour for half off solid Japanese cocktails and great appetizers.
  • JT
    JTApril 30, 2016
    Lots of whiskey selections obviously. Bartenders will kind of help you pick if you don't know what you're doing
  • Nima H.
    Nima HalfmoonOctober 20, 2015
    Best Japanese whiskey menu in town.
    Upvoted Sep 18
  • Eli H.
    Eli HickoxFebruary 22, 2016
    Great whiskey selection, particularly scotch
  • Duck E.
    Duck EJuly 19, 2013
    Try the Glenfiddich: Cask of Dreams. It has a interesting background to the cask and is a one of a kind.
  • Max
    MaxJuly 3, 2016
    Expect to pay about 50%-75% more for almost everything but the sheer size of the spirits collection might make up for that.
  • DSquirrely
    DSquirrelySeptember 24, 2014
    Super overpriced whiskey markup to the point of insanity. Good happy hour on good though.
  • Dom
    DomApril 5, 2014
    Everything is great here and Sybelle makes me always feel right at home!
  • Josh W.
    Josh WNovember 12, 2016
    Crazily wide selection of whisky, but terrible service from bartenders that don't pour what you order, mishear your food orders, and charge you incorrectly (and don't fix the bill properly when asked)
  • Brian
    BrianSeptember 10, 2011
    Such a nice spot, all the cocktails are inventive and classic. Try the devil's Manhattan!
  • Stephanie Y.
    Stephanie YSeptember 9, 2014
    1/2 off numerous items on their food and drink menu during happy hour.
  • Chloe C.
    Chloe CondonFebruary 19, 2016
    Great lounge area- try samplers if you're unsure what to get!
  • Lisa M.
    Lisa MKayNovember 17, 2013
    Come when Label is DJ'ing. Wonderful music! Perfect vibe.
  • Jessica C.
    Jessica ChanNovember 27, 2011
    pork belly skewers are amazing. the whiskey sour cocktail also delish.
  • Kim N.
    Kim NguyenMay 16, 2013
    Go for happy hour because it's quality food and drinks at half the price.
  • rich m.
    rich masioMarch 15, 2015
    Octopus and all sushi is a+. Great cocktails
  • Eileen Q.
    Eileen QJanuary 18, 2015
    Nihon offers whiskey tastings so you don't have to pay for a full pour.
  • Joe B.
    Joe BertinoMarch 12, 2011
    Order an old fashioned, hold the peat. Also, ask for Hannah, she's the best.
  • Michael P.
    Michael PachosApril 17, 2016
    Whiskey, atmosphere except when dj is playing (Fri sat?)
  • Alex S.
    Alex SmithApril 22, 2010
    go during happy hour for half off all that delicious food. post up at the bar. the slingers are very nice
  • Kevin S.
    Kevin ShayJuly 8, 2015
    Very knowledgeable staff, get the hakushu heavily peated
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    Pueblo Viejo TequilaMarch 29, 2016
    The Easter colors reflect in a Margarita mixed with Pueblo Viejo. Get yours here at Nihon Whiskey Lounge!
  • Peter G.
    Peter GuyOctober 26, 2012
    Loved the drinks an ambiance! Have the Peaty Old Fashioned!
  • Amy B.
    Amy BSeptember 24, 2015
    Nice decor and a great happy hour.
  • Juan A.
    Juan ArreguinApril 20, 2013
    Best music I've ever experienced at a place like this!
  • Benjy W.
    Benjy WeinbergerMarch 24, 2012
    Happy hour is a very good deal. 5-7 pm.
  • Emma S.
    Emma SunFebruary 1, 2015
    Masculine with a feminine touch. Perfectly balanced.
  • Jessica V.
    Jessica ValenzuelaDecember 12, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the dynamite! Our table is on fire!
  • Langston M.
    Langston MercierJuly 8, 2010
    If your gonna come here more than once, definitely makes more sense to buy Bottles, as opposed to drinks
  • Eric P.
    Eric PanNovember 30, 2015
    Go for happy hour for half off some items but know that HH is only does raids
  • Jeremy H.
    Jeremy HuylebroeckOctober 31, 2010
    come for the happy hour to enjoy reduced prices on several menu items. Avoid beer on tap...
  • Miki H.
    Miki HabrynOctober 10, 2009
    Come for happy hour (5.30pm). Start ordering at the top of the appetizer and cocktail menus. See how far down you get before 7pm.
  • Clare
    ClareNovember 25, 2015
    The hamachi appetizer is great
  • annie l.
    annie lOctober 3, 2012
    Warning or encouragement: those lady drinks are really really really strong
  • Seth B.
    Seth BensonSeptember 26, 2013
    Buy a bottle, enjoy it in an upstairs room.
  • Jeshua B.
    Jeshua BorgesMarch 22, 2015
    Favorite whisky bar in the city.
  • Ryan S.
    Ryan SepanskiMarch 29, 2014
    Great specialty whiskey drinks!
  • mayu-chan
    mayu-chanAugust 30, 2011
    Fantastic date spot with great drinks and appetizers oo la la
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    Pueblo Viejo TequilaDecember 7, 2015
    If you are in Nihon Whisky Lounge, try a Margarita with Pueblo Viejo Blanco.
  • Rolo F.
    Rolo Fox-KodaOctober 20, 2013
    Good place to spend time with your favorite fox and weasel!
  • Mike R.
    Mike RonkoskeJune 16, 2013
    Devil's Manhattan is a must.
  • Alex B.
    Alex BaldwinMay 3, 2015
    Closest thing San Francisco has to a whisky library.
  • Stefanie L.
    Stefanie LeeDecember 30, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Finish your meal with the uni spoon. Incredible!
  • Aaron W.
    Aaron WalzJune 9, 2012
    Crazy expensive food. Good, but... Stick with the whiskey! Also gets so crowded
  • Wilfred W.
    Wilfred Wong1 week ago
    Whisky and raw fish
  • Peter S.
    Peter SoJanuary 13, 2012
    Servings are small by deign, but very tasty.
  • Ryan K.
    Ryan KirkmanOctober 9, 2011
    Best whiskey sour in the city.
  • Nikola
    NikolaJuly 19, 2013
    Always smile!
  • Sammie
    SammieJune 9, 2012
    Try the Green Tea Cheesecake.
  • Brendan C.
    Brendan CurranJune 11, 2015
    Good bar, but service can often be painfully slow.
  • Ben C.
    Ben ChunMarch 27, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The shiitake appetizer is amazing.
  • R B.
    R BusAugust 5, 2012
    Sunset sidecar
  • Joshua H.
    Joshua HaftelJuly 30, 2015
    Great food and cocktails
  • Rachael K.
    Rachael KingJune 13, 2012
    So disappointed after everything I heard. Whiskey selection is great but the sushi was at best a 4/10. Not fresh, very fishy, awful color. No thank you.
  • Toby C.
    Toby C.September 21, 2012
    Uni spoons are awesome
  • Sew
    SewAugust 29, 2012
    Dive into a few Nihon Nail's during Happy Hour.
  • Wayne P.
    Wayne PanJuly 3, 2016
    Endless selection of whiskey
  • Nancy T.
    Nancy TranJuly 6, 2015
    Japanese whiskeys for date night.
  • Garth W.
    Garth WebbSeptember 22, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Get a uni on the spoon. Srsly.
  • Yasmin N.
    Yasmin NestlenDecember 29, 2011
    The Lychee Mermaid is fabulous!
  • Angela H.
    Angela HsiaoAugust 19, 2014
    Food here is fantastic!!
  • Ben D.
    Ben DruckerJune 13, 2015
    Whiskey heaven
  • Benson K.
    Benson KalaharAugust 28, 2016
    What a selection!
  • Jess L.
    Jess LMarch 11, 2016
    Great Manhattan
  • Mina L.
    Mina Le VigoureuxAugust 15, 2014
    Best Sushi Ever
  • Amanda Young
    Amanda YoungOctober 30, 2010
    Amanda is a fantastic bar tender!
  • Abhishek G.
    Abhishek GuptaJanuary 27, 2013
    Suntory is awesome
  • Jo R.
    Jo RhettJanuary 15, 2010
    Absynth is light colored but a large amount if you order on ice.
  • Mike M.
    Mike McGuinnessApril 18, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Get some Suntory on the rocks. Love the ice cubes here.
  • Sanjay K.
    Sanjay KewlaniOctober 23, 2009
    Fantastic food and a whole range of Whiskey!
  • Eve H.
    Eve HamiltonNovember 24, 2013
    Bitchy cocktail waitress. Boo that.
  • Natasha W.
    Natasha WApril 30, 2012
    Happy hour.
  • Kati
    KatiJanuary 13, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The luxury mojitos are amazing!
  • Maaria H.
    Maaria HusainFebruary 6, 2011
    Nihontini if you like cucumbers and vodka
  • Jacob S.
    Jacob SchonbergJanuary 30, 2011
    Try the whiskey sour
  • Phoenix 💥💥💥
    Over 400 whiskeys here
  • Casey M.
    Casey MayOctober 15, 2011
    Bring $$$. This place is expensive.
  • SherryJoon
    SherryJoonSeptember 18, 2010
    Get the Thunderbird house roll.
  • marc g.
    marc guldimannJanuary 6, 2010
    Order the Uni and a bowl of rice..
  • Caroline
    CarolineDecember 27, 2010
    Not that exciting on the outside, pretty swank on the inside.
  • Eric B.
    Eric BlessingMay 23, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    For relaxing times make it Suntory time.
  • Ash P.
    Ash PedgaonkarJuly 31, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Make it a suntory time.
  • Maggie M.
    Maggie MasonMay 23, 2010
    Perfect Sazerac.
  • Christian M.
    Christian MooreMarch 20, 2010
    Drink Scotch from Scotland
  • Monica L.
    Monica LeeMarch 16, 2009
    order a sazerac and sip slowly
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