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Rickhouse

Cocktail Bar$$$$
Downtown San Francisco-Union Square, San Francisco
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  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableDecember 4, 2014
    A veritable temple of whiskey on Kearny Street, this post work spot has an encyclopedic cocktail list, punch bowl offerings and an upstairs area just waiting for you to take it over for the evening. Read more
  • Party Earth
    Party EarthJuly 27, 2012
    Like what you’re drinking? Many of the spirits can be purchased at Cask, owned by the same folks behind both Rickhouse and Bourbon & Branch. The store is just across Market Street at 17 3rd Street. Read more
  • SFist
    SFistMarch 25, 2015
    The drink menu is twenty-eight pages long and takes you through every category of classic cocktail, from a Daisy (the precursor to a daiquiri or Cosmo) to a Martinez. Read more
  • J Crowley
    J CrowleySeptember 16
    Mmmm. Delicious cocktails! And there's a sneaky cut through to Pagan Idol from the downstairs kitchen. For employees only, or the daring and super wasted. (Whispers: "do it!")
  • Matthew S.
    Matthew ScottOctober 24, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    By far the best thing you can do at this cramped bar is to trust your bartender to make a custom cocktail tailored to you. Start with a flavor profile or a fave spirit and let em do the rest
  • Staff Picks
    Staff PicksDecember 5, 2014
    A veritable temple of whiskey on Kearny Street, Rickhouse has an encyclopedic cocktail list, punch bowl offerings and an upstairs area just waiting for you to take it over for the evening. Read more
  • DAN C.
    DAN COXAugust 23, 2011
    Place yourself in the capable hands of bar professionals. There's a reason this place wins every award! PS. Try to remember your hotels name and address. The cocktails here are strong & delicious!
  • Christian W.
    Christian WilliamsApril 11, 2014
    The perfect blend of urban chic meets 'Pirates of the Caribbean' (but in a GOOD way)! Delicious drinks, awesome selection, and will definitely be back!!
  • Chelsea W.
    Chelsea WoodsOctober 29, 2011
    If you love gin, you'll love Rickhouse. Genever, London Dry and Old Tom, they've got it all. La Bonne Vie, the Casino Royale, the Martinez and the Dutch Honey should sate your appetite.
  • alex r.
    alex rockMarch 4, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The Brooklyn Cocktail they do here is amazing. So is Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye 13 year, if you're down for the $20+ glass kind of thing.
  • AskMen
    AskMenAugust 11, 2010
    A place with a modern take on classic libations, and a clientele that's a raucous mix of office workers letting loose and mixology aficionados. Try the Sazerac with locally distilled Old Potrero Rye. Read more
  • Michael D.
    Michael DempseyAugust 1, 2014
    Russell Davis' spot (of Bar Rescue fame). Grab a drink, head to the back and up the stairs for a more quiet experience. Gets packed and a bit sloppy on weekends.
  • John K.
    John KilvingtonMarch 30, 2013
    Despite its appearances, this bar attracts amateurs and women looking for husbands and vodka. You'll see lots of unfashionable, bent-brimmed Giants hats and much flipping of hair. Also, too much wood.
  • Sarah S.
    Sarah StrehlerMarch 2
    Been here 10+ times
    My favourite cocktail bar in the city! Beautiful, cozy interior, knowledgeable staff, hidden back room, basement and balcony, and the best cocktails!
  • Rian v.
    Rian van der MerweSeptember 10, 2014
    The "Bone Apart" is an absolutely fantastic cocktail made with a very peaty Scotch whisky. Do it.
  • Erin
    ErinMay 24, 2013
    GREAT cocktails. GREAT beer selection. GREAT variety (something for every taste). Bartenders are very friendly people. A great happy hour spot.
  • Jaimy S.
    Jaimy SzymanskiJune 27, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Avoid like the plague during weekday happy hour - too crowded with FiDi bros. Otherwise, expertly crafted cocktails and a fantastic whiskey selection. Nice atmosphere, too!
  • Cray C.
    Cray CraysonSeptember 11, 2013
    Good mixologists, great ambiance. Try the Punch Drunk Buck - refreshing with ginger beer. Skip the Strangelove. Fort Pointe is good but very boozy!
  • SFGate M.
    SFGate ManagerJuly 16, 2012
    Between the quality cocktails and punch bowls designed for sharing, or the wood and exposed brick interior and dim, sexy lighting - think modern-day saloon - we're fans.
  • D. E. M.
    D. E. MerrittSeptember 13, 2015
    Great Old Fashioned! Try with Noah's Mill or Rowans Creek. If you get the opportunity check out downstairs, the staff was awesome.
  • Jenny L.
    Jenny L.April 13, 2015
    Nice change from your typical quiet, stuffy craft cocktail bar. Energetic, fun bartenders and rock music pumped through the speakers.
  • Sabina B.
    Sabina B.March 21, 2015
    They have Laphraoig Quarter Cask here! 🙏 If you're not in a whiskey state of mind, La Bonne Vie is gin-based and delicious.
  • 🐍Ssstephanie
    🐍SsstephanieMay 21, 2014
    Get "A Bone Apart" or the "Rusty Development" - solid drinks. They also have a sour beer 👌
  • PUNCH
    PUNCHSeptember 24, 2015
    “Rickhouse” references buildings that store aging bourbon. In keeping, the place is constructed from salvaged wood that has served as a barrel stave in Kentucky. Read more
  • Sarah B.
    Sarah Bruning MeronOctober 6, 2013
    Come early. Tell the bartender what you like. Don't be squeamish about egg in a drink. Let them work magic.
  • MetaNet IVS
    MetaNet IVSFebruary 20, 2012
    This is THE place for whiskey and whisky downtown SF. The selection is fenomenal and you're guaranteed to find a new favorite.
  • matt o.
    matt oesterleMarch 12, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    best cocktails in SF, if you don't include sister bar bourbon & branch. vieux carre is my personal favorite. punch bowls great for large groups if you are lucky enough to find seating.
  • Thomas W.
    Thomas WittMarch 18
    Lovely bar. If it's full, go though to the back, there's another bar there which is usually not that crowded.
  • Ali A.
    Ali AndersonNovember 30, 2014
    1920's theme with a speak easy vibe. Be prepared for strong drinks and a hidden atmosphere.
  • Chris B.
    Chris BarclayOctober 15, 2014
    Very cool vibe. Upstairs lookout is a nice spot with waiters to save you the long wait at a bar.
  • Jessica R.
    Jessica RaeSeptember 3, 2013
    Artisanal cocktails, same owners as Bourbon and Branch. Excellent cocktails, wood panelled, classy.
  • Jessie L.
    Jessie LAugust 17, 2014
    great cocktails that are strong and tasty! try La Bonne Vie or the Fort Point (both citrus-y)
  • Jacqueline H.
    Jacqueline HannaMarch 19, 2013
    La Bonnie vie cocktail with gin, fresh lemon and grapefruit juice, basil and bitters is outstanding and a must try here!
  • RoseAnne M.
    RoseAnne MoisesSeptember 1, 2012
    Great atmosphere. Great beer. Sold two of my favorite IPAs (Green Flash and Sculpin) so I was indeed happy !
  • Josef R.
    Josef RichterFebruary 10, 2014
    very cool place, great drinks, crowded but relaxed atmosphere, what else you need?
  • Barton S.
    Barton SmithJune 13, 2015
    Love the drinks, really love the cabin interior, don't love the downtown crowd as much.
  • Palmer S.
    Palmer SinclairOctober 26, 2011
    The crowd is pretty lame but the drinks and atmosphere more than make up for it. Best sazerac of my life.
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsApril 8, 2015
    Check out Rickhouse as it was featured on Best Bars in America for One of the best whiskey bars and also make a great punch Read more
  • Karl H.
    Karl HobartOctober 29, 2014
    Brilliant interior with great gin-based drinks. Music could use some serious work.
  • Kerem K.
    Kerem KoçFebruary 20, 2015
    One of the best bars in San Francisco. They have a wide menu gor whiskeys
  • Nick F.
    Nick FruendtJuly 4, 2015
    Cool ambience with fancy cocktails. Pricy but they put a lot of effort into mixing their cocktails
  • Kat .
    Kat 🐱January 16
    Kentucky Buck, Winter Whiskey Smash and Old fashioned are great!!!
  • Cameron M.
    Cameron MadduxJuly 20, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    They have Oola Waitsburg Bourbon (Seattle.) Great on the rocks.
  • Patrick A.
    Patrick ActonJune 15, 2014
    Tell the bartenders what you like, then ask for their recommendations. This is not a place to order a vodka soda.
  • Kelly W.
    Kelly WongJune 11, 2015
    Grab your friends and order a punch bowl! Remember there is a downstairs!
  • Kat .
    Kat 🐱July 29
    Absolutely love the La Bonne Vie with Gin.(Gin or Vodka, Fresh Lemon & Grapefruit Juice, fresh basil and bitters)
  • Jan-Nicolas V.
    Jan-Nicolas VandervekenSeptember 12, 2010
    Bartending at its best. I had an old fashioned while Seb ordered a vodka fizz. The punch bowl looked amazing! Great music, crowd and decor, Read more
  • Billy A.
    Billy AndersSeptember 11, 2013
    Get the Laphroaig Project and Penicillin if you want awesome Scotch cocktails
  • Diplomatico Rum
    Diplomatico RumJune 19, 2012
    Truly great place. Ask for a Aged Sidecar with Reserva Exclusiva made by Ashley
  • Cassie P.
    Cassie PJuly 17, 2013
    Their drink list is way too long but whatever you get, it's good! Very chill vibe.
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