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Nihon Whisky Lounge

Nihon Whisky Lounge

Whisky Bar, Sushi Restaurant, and Japanese Restaurant$$$$
Mission District, San Francisco
109 Tips and reviews
  • whiskey
  • happy hour
  • scotch
  • cocktails
  • single malt scotches
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  • Ken
    KenMay 17
    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!
  • 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.
  • Ken
    KenMay 17
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Ken
    KenJanuary 29
    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.
  • 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.
  • Adam A.
    Adam AFebruary 24, 2013
    The Mt. Fuji roll is incredible! Quite possibly my favorite roll in SF. Get it.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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)!
  • 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.
  • Donald W.
    Donald WilsonJanuary 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
  • 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
  • heidi h.
    heidi harmanMay 14, 2015
    Amazing sashimi and heavely water sake. Weekdays are better than weekends in termos of getting tables.
  • 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.
  • Max
    MaxJuly 3
    Expect to pay about 50%-75% more for almost everything but the sheer size of the spirits collection might make up for that.
  • Brian
    BrianSeptember 10, 2011
    Such a nice spot, all the cocktails are inventive and classic. Try the devil's Manhattan!
  • 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.
  • JT
    JTApril 30
    Lots of whiskey selections obviously. Bartenders will kind of help you pick if you don't know what you're doing
  • DSquirrely
    DSquirrelySeptember 24, 2014
    Super overpriced whiskey markup to the point of insanity. Good happy hour on good though.
  • Eli H.
    Eli HickoxFebruary 22
    Great whiskey selection, particularly scotch
  • Dominique
    DominiqueApril 5, 2014
    Everything is great here and Sybelle makes me always feel right at home!
  • Josh W.
    Josh W3 weeks ago
    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)
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • 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
    Great lounge area- try samplers if you're unsure what to get!
  • Jessica C.
    Jessica ChanNovember 27, 2011
    pork belly skewers are amazing. the whiskey sour cocktail also delish.
  • Lisa M.
    Lisa MKayNovember 17, 2013
    Come when Label is DJ'ing. Wonderful music! Perfect vibe.
  • Kim N.
    Kim NguyenMay 16, 2013
    Go for happy hour because it's quality food and drinks at half the price.
  • Joe B.
    Joe BertinoMarch 12, 2011
    Order an old fashioned, hold the peat. Also, ask for Hannah, she's the best.
  • Eileen Q.
    Eileen QJanuary 18, 2015
    Nihon offers whiskey tastings so you don't have to pay for a full pour.
  • 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
  • rich m.
    rich masioMarch 15, 2015
    Octopus and all sushi is a+. Great cocktails
  • Michael P.
    Whiskey, atmosphere except when dj is playing (Fri sat?)
  • Kevin S.
    Kevin ShayJuly 8, 2015
    Very knowledgeable staff, get the hakushu heavily peated
  • Nima H.
    Nima HalfmoonOctober 20, 2015
    Best Japanese whiskey menu in town.
  • 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
  • Benjy W.
    Benjy WeinbergerMarch 24, 2012
    Happy hour is a very good deal. 5-7 pm.
  • Peter G.
    Peter GuyOctober 26, 2012
    Loved the drinks an ambiance! Have the Peaty Old Fashioned!
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    The Easter colors reflect in a Margarita mixed with Pueblo Viejo. Get yours here at Nihon Whiskey Lounge!
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