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Pacific Cocktail Haven

Cocktail Bar$$$$
Downtown San Francisco-Union Square, San Francisco
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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
    AskMenSeptember 23, 2011
    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
  • Scott R.
    Scott R.March 16, 2012
    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!
  • Anthony✌️ ✨.
    Anthony✌️ ✨🙌March 22, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    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.
  • Justin B.
    Justin BaumJuly 9, 2012
    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
  • Yael A.
    Yael AmyraApril 11, 2012
    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.
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupJune 19, 2011
    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.
  • paisley
    paisleyNovember 4, 2011
    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)
  • Men's Health Mag
    Men's Health MagNovember 15, 2011
    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.
  • Kelly H.
    Kelly H.February 17, 2014
    If you like spicy cocktails or Pisco, Cantina is the place for you. Grab a Laughing Buddha or some Pisco Punch and enjoy.
  • Anthony✌️ ✨.
    Anthony✌️ ✨🙌March 22, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Come here for Kevin Diedrich's hits from BDK, Burritt room, and Jasper's tap room before they switch over to their new concept.
  • Kevin G.
    Kevin GrantSeptember 20, 2016
    Decent cocktails, good service and nice atmosphere. If you're in this part of town after work, it's worth checking out
  • The Bold Italic
    The Bold ItalicMarch 10, 2011
    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
  • Kelly W.
    Kelly WongAugust 19, 2016
    If your like elderflower, get mum's the word. Pretty good drinks overall.
  • Ben M.
    Ben MackeyFebruary 7
    The Stigi is a beautiful cocktail. Mezcal and aperol doesnt sound that delicious, but trust me.
  • Rachel K.
    Rachel KutaMay 12, 2012
    The laughin Buddha is pretty tasty... As is the five spice margarita. Definitely worth a try!
  • SFist
    SFistMarch 25, 2015
    The Five-Spice Margarita combines the fresh, summery flavors of the tropics with just a hint of Chinese spice. Read more
  • Shirene M.
    Shirene MisifAugust 8, 2011
    Tell Bartender Shaher what u like to drink & he will concoct u a delicious cocktail! His fav: The Buddha
  • Nick J.
    Nick JordanAugust 24, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Anything with pisco, but the pisco punch is the best you'll ever have.
  • Liz C.
    Liz ChavezMay 23, 2013
    Mixologists make everything with fresh ingredients. Get a pitcher, don't order by the drink.
  • Kat C.
    Kat CarmichaelApril 2, 2011
    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!
  • Apurva M.
    Apurva MehtaAugust 11, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The laughing Buddha is a great drink. So are the pisco based drinks
  • Esquire
    EsquireFebruary 1, 2011
    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.
  • Bradley P.
    Bradley PeppersJune 24, 2010
    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!
  • Philip S.
    Philip SaulFebruary 7
    The Saffron was amazeballs. Cool atmosphere and all the drinks are great
  • Jeff R.
    Jeff RothenbergJuly 21, 2011
    Amazing spicy drinks that will blow your mind! Great bartenders, music, and atmosphere!
  • Harpreet S.
    Harpreet SethiOctober 5, 2014
    although they do have beers on the tap... but caipirinha's and margarita's are what they are known for... no food here...
  • Pamela T.
    Pamela TranFebruary 22, 2012
    Pisco punch was awesome. Dougin and Andrew are the most amazing bartenders by far!<3
  • Liz M.
    Liz McLean KnightDecember 2, 2016
    Fantastic, creative cocktails, and not crazy expensive.
  • Melanie N.
    Melanie NelsonAugust 3, 2010
    Come at 530 pm on a weeknight to avoid the crowd. Also, the blackberry & basil cooler is so good!
  • Fabio R.
    Fabio ResendeJuly 17, 2013
    "The Carmen Amaya" is one of the best cocktails in the city according to SFist
  • Food & Wine
    Food & WineApril 20, 2011
    Duggan McDonnell's Latin-inspired lounge features rotating art exhibits and eccentric cocktails.
  • Linsey K.
    Linsey KramerDecember 3, 2010
    The Hemingway was disappointing (too tart) but the Tiger Lily was pretty flippin' amazing. Recommended!
  • Latesha L.
    Latesha LynchFebruary 27, 2014
    Pisco punch is absolutely to die for
  • janice b.
    janice bailonMarch 25, 2010
    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
  • Carrie N.
    Carrie NydenAugust 7, 2016
    Good cocktails and nice bartenders. All that you need. :)
  • Yvette C.
    Yvette CarnahanMarch 1, 2013
    Amazing bar tenders! Super packed fun atmosphere
  • Violet B.
    Violet BlueJuly 18, 2013
    Carmen Amaya - Rittenhouse rye, Cointreau, lemon, muddled basil, sherry.
  • Michael S.
    Michael SterlApril 15, 2012
    Prize filly is amazing. Must do if u like rye/bourbon/whiskey
  • Michael S.
    Michael SterlApril 15, 2012
    Five spice margarita= amazing, order it!
  • Jane N.
    Jane NguyenFebruary 3, 2013
    They have pitchers that can feed about 5 people
  • Damian D.
    Damian DavilaFebruary 19, 2012
    Straight to the bottom of the menu and order the blackberry cooler
  • Ian O.
    Ian O'NeillMarch 27, 2015
    Awesome little bar, outstanding service and great vibe
  • Stephen B.
    Stephen BassmanSeptember 15, 2013
    This bar is featured on Zagat's Best Cocktail Experts in San Francisco list.
  • Caroline S.
    Caroline S.December 10, 2011
    good vibes, cocktails are well crafted & absolutely delish.
  • George A.
    George AdamsJanuary 18, 2014
    Five spice margaritas are exquisite.
  • Erin C.
    Erin CollopyFebruary 25, 2014
    The blackberry vodka basil cocktail rocks my world.
  • Arda K.
    Arda KaraJuly 17, 2011
    The blackberry cabernet caipirinha is very good.
  • Steve W.
    Steve WrightSeptember 23, 2014
    Great cocktails music and beer. No food
  • Jeremy B.
    Jeremy BakerMay 31, 2012
    Order the Italian Getaway for a delicious drink.
  • Elisa M.
    Elisa MiguelenaMarch 3, 2012
    Awesome Pisco punch! You must try it!
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