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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
  • 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.
  • 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, 2016
    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!")
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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!!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Thomas W.
    Thomas WittMarch 18, 2016
    Lovely bar. If it's full, go though to the back, there's another bar there which is usually not that crowded.
  • 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
  • Sarah S.
    Sarah StrehlerMarch 2, 2016
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 🐍Ssstephanie
    🐍SsstephanieMay 21, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Get "A Bone Apart" or the "Rusty Development" - solid drinks. They also have a sour beer 👌
  • Joseph L.
    Joseph LeeJanuary 30, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Laphroiag Project. Hands down. Every time. Love my spirits neat / untouched, but this concoction takes the cake.
  • 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.
  • Jessie L.
    Jessie LAugust 17, 2014
    great cocktails that are strong and tasty! try La Bonne Vie or the Fort Point (both citrus-y)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Ali A.
    Ali AndersonNovember 30, 2014
    1920's theme with a speak easy vibe. Be prepared for strong drinks and a hidden atmosphere.
  • Jessica R.
    Jessica RaeSeptember 3, 2013
    Artisanal cocktails, same owners as Bourbon and Branch. Excellent cocktails, wood panelled, classy.
  • 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.
  • 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 !
  • Barton S.
    Barton SmithJune 13, 2015
    Love the drinks, really love the cabin interior, don't love the downtown crowd as much.
  • Josef R.
    Josef RichterFebruary 10, 2014
    very cool place, great drinks, crowded but relaxed atmosphere, what else you need?
  • Nick F.
    Nick FruendtJuly 4, 2015
    Cool ambience with fancy cocktails. Pricy but they put a lot of effort into mixing their cocktails
  • Karl H.
    Karl HobartOctober 29, 2014
    Brilliant interior with great gin-based drinks. Music could use some serious work.
  • 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
  • Kat .
    Kat 🐱January 16, 2016
    Kentucky Buck, Winter Whiskey Smash and Old fashioned are great!!!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Kerem K.
    Kerem KoçFebruary 20, 2015
    One of the best bars in San Francisco. They have a wide menu gor whiskeys
  • Kelly W.
    Kelly WongJune 11, 2015
    Grab your friends and order a punch bowl! Remember there is a downstairs!
  • Cameron M.
    Cameron MadduxJuly 20, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    They have Oola Waitsburg Bourbon (Seattle.) Great on the rocks.
  • Lucky
    LuckySeptember 28, 2014
    Cool beer place, bouncer speaks perfect italian :)
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Kat .
    Kat 🐱July 29, 2016
    Absolutely love the La Bonne Vie with Gin.(Gin or Vodka, Fresh Lemon & Grapefruit Juice, fresh basil and bitters)
  • 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
  • Ivan R.
    Ivan RodriguezJune 1, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Bring a group of 5 and try the punch bowl, you'll be in for a classy night.
  • Cassie P.
    Cassie PJuly 17, 2013
    Their drink list is way too long but whatever you get, it's good! Very chill vibe.
  • Elliot W.
    Elliot WehnerJuly 31, 2015
    Very good classics - old fashioned is very good. Sazerac is good but not awesome
  • Andrew S.
    Andrew SoroOctober 29, 2013
    Just tell the bartender what booze you like, he'll work his magic with the rest.
  • Stefan F.
    Stefan ForestAugust 25, 2013
    Great drinks, but dress lightly. There's no air conditioning and a ton of candles.
  • Pavan K.
    Has a speakeasy kinda dim lit ambience. Loved the mezcal cocktail .
  • 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
  • Taylor L.
    Taylor LorenJune 13, 2013
    the whiskey sour here was the best i've ever had. mind blowing.
  • Joseph B.
    Joseph BakenMay 10, 2013
    This is just a classic example of high quality classic cocktails done right by people that know their business. Great stop.
  • S M.
    S MCSeptember 21, 2012
    Perfect for after work happy hour, right in the heart of Union Square
  • Joshua T.
    Joshua TotemwongseAugust 21, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Great drinks and hipster dressed bartenders. Kentucky Byck is always refreshing
  • Alice J.
    Alice JiApril 26, 2013
    If you like ginger then get the Mamie Taylor. You will not be disappointed.
  • Michael F.
    Michael FeyAugust 18, 2013
    Designated driver for the night? Order a ginger ale. They make it with fresh ginger and it's incredible.
  • Susan L.
    Susan LohAugust 15, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    if you're going to wait for a cocktail, might as well order an entire punch bowl. either way, you'll stumble out of here.
  • Daman K.
    Daman KapoorFebruary 24, 2015
    La Bon Vie, Kentucky Buck, and Tom Collin's. You just have to.
    Upvoted Apr 17
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Amanda N.
    Amanda NatividadJanuary 20, 2013
    Go early (probably before 9), grab a table and order a punch bowl!
  • Varun d.
    Varun de SaDecember 1, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Decent music! Nice place to just call it a night ! Must get the Misdemeanor
  • Troy K.
    Troy KentFebruary 14, 2013
    Great service. Get here early to beat the post 5:30 rush. Under-rated old fashion.
  • @JaumePrimero
    @JaumePrimeroOctober 28, 2011
    Ridiculous selection of whisky, and the cocktails are tasty. I like the Old Fashioned.
  • stuart s.
    stuart slaterJuly 17, 2013
    Awesome place to go on Monday nights to listen to the Emily Ann Band!
  • Alexander S.
    Alexander SultanNovember 10, 2013
    Get a punch bowl. But make sure you have enough people or it's gonna be a rough morning.
  • Marc R.
    Marc R?erSeptember 22, 2014
    American bar with good cocktails and interesting crowd
  • Manny C.
    Manny CercadoJuly 7, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    My favorites are the old fashion and kentucky buck.
  • Brian T.
    Brian TarriconeMarch 19, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    make sure to look at their full cocktail menu, not just the single-pager
  • Solario
    SolarioSeptember 16, 2015
    Creative, well-priced punch bowls. Bring a group.
  • Chris 🍻 M.
    Chris 🍻 MakarskyApril 24, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    bigger than it looks from the outside. don't crowd around the front bar
  • Michael
    MichaelJuly 22, 2012
    Kentucky Duck for me, La Bonne Vie for the lady. Great atmosphere, we will be back
  • Tim G.
    Tim GeisenheimerMay 10, 2012
    I can confirm that the Laphroaig Project is strange yet somehow delicious. Try it
  • Julie N.
    Julie NavarroMarch 5, 2016
    Best cocktails in town. Nice crowd!
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    If you want to freshen up with a delicious cocktail at Rick House, try a Paloma mixed with Pueblo Viejo Blanco.
  • Travis L.
    Travis LibbyJune 2, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    They even let you wear ball caps (I'm looking at you Swig and Tradition).
  • Fred L.
    Fred LoquastoAugust 4, 2013
    The Blunderbuss is nice and smoky, but with some sweet.
  • Natalie K.
    Natalie KDecember 21, 2015
    Great cocktails & very creative waitress.
  • Jacob S.
    Jacob SheaJanuary 2, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Be sure to try the Vroveri drink, not for faint of heart and I'm sure o misspelled it :)
  • Brian D.
    Brian DonohueOctober 21, 2014
    Solid cocktails. Great whisky selection
  • Whitney R.
    Whitney R.March 23, 2016
    Bros gonna bro. If you're looking for a bar that's almost pitch black to do unspeakable things in, this is it.
  • mayo
    mayoOctober 16, 2010
    Surprisingly accommodating for the discerning cocktail fan; try and find a drink the bartender cannot make.
  • Chris S.
    Chris SOctober 26, 2011
    Best bar ever! I hate liquor and I love the drinks here!!!!!!!!!!! Handlebar mustache 4 life!!!!!
  • Maja P.
    Maja PetkovicNovember 28, 2014
    Cute, cozzy cocktail bar with live music
  • Anita L.
    Anita LoJune 23, 2012
    The bartenders move at snail speed here. Good place to go for good drinks...if its not busy.
  • Steve A.
    Steve AndroulakisAugust 6, 2014
    Try some great whiskey, priced up to $100 but with $10 options as well.
  • Melissa D.
    Melissa DagdaganMarch 25, 2012
    My favorite drinks are the Laphroaig Project, Trilby #2 and Latin Quarter
  • 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.
  • Joseph K.
    Joseph KayMarch 16, 2012
    Very impressive bar. Check it out! Everything is delicious.
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    Pueblo Viejo TequilaMarch 29, 2016
    Close with a flourish this spring break and enjoy a refreshing Pueblo Viejo Cocktail here at Rickhouse.
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    Pueblo Viejo TequilaFebruary 11, 2016
    When you visit Rickhouse, start by ordering a delicious cocktail mixed with Pueblo Viejo Blanco.
  • 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.
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