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Rickhouse

Cocktail Bar$$$$
Downtown San Francisco-Union Square, San Francisco
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  • 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.
  • Sarah S.
    My favourite cocktail bar in the city! Beautiful, cozy interior, knowledgeable staff, hidden back room, basement and balcony, and the best cocktails!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Nick F.
    Nick FruendtJuly 4, 2015
    Cool ambience with fancy cocktails. Pricy but they put a lot of effort into mixing their cocktails
  • Barton S.
    Barton SmithJune 13, 2015
    Love the drinks, really love the cabin interior, don't love the downtown crowd as much.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • Ali A.
    Ali AndersonNovember 30, 2014
    1920's theme with a speak easy vibe. Be prepared for strong drinks and a hidden atmosphere.
  • Karl H.
    Karl HobartOctober 29, 2014
    Brilliant interior with great gin-based drinks. Music could use some serious work.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Christian E.
    Christian EspanaJuly 10, 2014
    Normally this place is cool, but tonight I came with 10 colleagues and the bartender was having a bad day and was a dick. Honestly, if you are having a good day just stay at home.
  • 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.
  • 🐍Ssstephanie
    🐍SsstephanieMay 21, 2014
    Get "A Bone Apart" or the "Rusty Development" - solid drinks. They also have a sour beer 👌
  • 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!!
  • Josef R.
    Josef RichterFebruary 10, 2014
    very cool place, great drinks, crowded but relaxed atmosphere, what else you need?
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Jessica R.
    Jessica RaeSeptember 3, 2013
    Artisanal cocktails, same owners as Bourbon and Branch. Excellent cocktails, wood panelled, classy.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • alex r.
    alex rockMarch 4, 2013
    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.
  • Matthew S.
    Matthew ScottOctober 24, 2012
    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
  • 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 !
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Jaimy S.
    Jaimy SzymanskiJune 27, 2012
    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!
  • Graham H.
    Graham HarbisonMay 16, 2012
    Wait 25 minutes while the bartenders ignore you and make other people's drinks, which the waitresses then serve upstairs.
  • 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.
  • Donald W.
    Donald WilsonFebruary 2, 2012
    Wow with no artificial sugar in any of their drinks. This place has a huge 39 page cocktail menu (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • 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.
  • Kit C.
    Kit CodikOctober 26, 2011
    Like Bourbon & Branch? You’ll probably love Rickhouse. Its name comes from the nickname for a bourbon aging warehouse in Kentucky. Enjoy their fine selection of whiskies, cocktails, beer and wine.
  • Sam D.
    Sam DraisinOctober 26, 2011
    The crowd is pretty lame but the drinks and atmosphere more than make up for it. Best sazerac of my life.
  • 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!
  • DailyCandy
    DailyCandyDecember 9, 2010
    If you and your friends want a serious buzz, go straight to the punch bowls on the pages-long cocktail list. Read more
  • mayo
    mayoOctober 16, 2010
    Surprisingly accommodating for the discerning cocktail fan; try and find a drink the bartender cannot make.
  • 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
  • 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
  • Ian
    IanApril 21, 2010
    The only place I have ever seen Lillet, on hand. If you like Martinis and have never had a Vesper Martini, try one. It's a true classic.
  • Toby C.
    Toby C.April 5, 2010
    dont waste too much time looking thru the huge menu. order the old-fashioned, you can never go wrong with that
  • Melissa C.
    Melissa ChanslorMarch 16, 2010
    Ask the bartender to whip you up something special...just name your liquor and how strong you like it
  • matt o.
    matt oesterleMarch 12, 2010
    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.
  • catherine
    catherineMarch 3, 2010
    great bartenders and excellent drinks. if you like whiskey and want an old-fashion, try the "mohican old-fashioned". smokey and delicious.
  • Tyler W.
    Tyler WillisDecember 4, 2009
    Order a "Le Bon Vie" (Gin, not vodka) - ask for extra Basil to be muddled and garnished with basil instead of lemon.
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