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Cocktail Bar, Lounge, and Bar$$$$
Tenderloin, San Francisco
142 Tips and reviews
  • whiskey
  • bourbon
  • merchant mule
  • good for dates
  • trendy
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  • Eater
    EaterApril 16, 2013
    The godfather of the market-fresh cocktail movement in San Francisco, situated in an unexpected nook of the TenderNob, with a pool table, a smoking patio and some flattering soft lighting, to boot.
  • Jonathan R.
    Jonathan Ragan-KelleyOctober 17, 2011
    Lower-key than the newer cocktail revival places in the city, Rye unassumingly delivers consistent quality in a cool setting with an absolute minimum of pomp. Great to relax after work on off nights.
  • Azhar H.
    The ambience and the bartenders. They make you feel at home. I would love to go back to Rye when I visit San Francisco again.
  • Party Earth
    Party EarthJuly 27, 2012
    The menu offers plenty of drinks to choose from, but a signature favorite is The Flash – a delicious mix of gin, cucumber, kiwi, and lemon. Read more
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsAugust 26, 2013
    Great, balanced cocktails and a comfortable space, even when it's busy.
  • Bre L.
    Bre LambertJune 5, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Bring your patience when you come to this TL-bordering bar. These hand-crafted cocktails take time, but good things come to those who wait. Check the chalkboard for the featured drink.
  • John H.
    John HaberlandJuly 21, 2013
    If you want an amazing cocktail without a bunch of unnecessary speakeasy snobbery, go to Rye. Good prices and friendly service. Note they have ZERO food so make sure you eat before.
  • SFGate M.
    SFGate ManagerJuly 16, 2012
    As its name suggests, this sleek bar in a gentler section of the Tenderloin specializes in rye whiskey and specialty cocktails made with rye and other spirits.
  • Priya S.
    Priya SaiprasadNovember 7, 2012
    Pretty sure I'm the 100th person vouching for this but seriously do yourself a favor and get the Basil Gimlet. Bold, slightly sweet and everything you'd want in a gimlet.
  • Dmitry K.
    Dmitry KovalevNovember 4, 2015
    The real gem! One of the few top notch bars in SF, absolutely worth visiting
  • Donia
    DoniaMay 23, 2013
    Bartender lit my Manhattan on fire! But, seriously, Basil Gimlet. Do it. Tip well. Handcrafted cocktails are worth the extra few minute wait.
  • Alex K.
    Alex KimOctober 19, 2014
    Great cocktails. Recommend their merchant mule and version of old fashioned. Bring a friend or two, it's nice to hang out here.
  • Vanessa G.
    Vanessa GregsonSeptember 11, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Best bartenders in the city. They are seriously talented and make incredibly unique drinks. The basil gimlet is perfection.
  • Omid A.
    Omid AminpourOctober 22, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Whether it's the nightly special or telling the bartender what you like, you'll get yourself a glass full of delicious craft cocktail.
  • Caro S.
    Great cocktails. Try either the nikka whisky plain or the Commonwealth Tonic.
  • Seijung P.
    Seijung ParkFebruary 23
    Nice atmosphere and good drinks - sour beer probably requires an acquired taste but personally thought the one here is quite good
  • Ashlie O.
    Ashlie O'DaySeptember 3, 2011
    Chartreuse Swizzle is amazing. Sit at the bar to watch the show--muddling, "herb slapping", shaking, nutmeg grating, etc.
  • Pei 👻 W.
    Pei 👻 WenJanuary 17, 2016
    Romantic yet unpretentious. Well thought out cocktail list.
  • Kristi
    KristiMay 22, 2011
    This place has a great atmosphere and some nice drinks. The Fraised and Confused was fabulous, but I would stay away from the Tijuana Brass.
  • Laura C.
    Laura CNovember 17, 2011
    For after dinner drinks, head to Rye where the bartenders will concoct the drink of your choice using the freshest ingredients.
  • Shri c.
    Shri colDecember 28, 2016
    Service is slowish, but worth the wait. Try The Flash
  • Brodie O.
    Brodie OlmsteadNovember 27, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Solid martini. Go in on a week night or get in early before it gets rowdy.
  • Andy J.
    Andy JiangAugust 19, 2014
    Cocktail bar that focuses on whiskey. Solid old fashions. Grear for people watching.
  • Open Air P.
    Open Air PublishingApril 16, 2012
    "Try the "Nicaraguan Negroni Prunch." Yummy. You can find bartender Jon Gasparini's recipe in the book "Speakeasy Cocktails" created for iPads."
  • Danny N.
    Danny NathanAugust 24, 2013
    Ask for Jules. Then ask her to make you something off-menu. She's awesome.
  • Open Air Publishing
    Open Air PublishingApril 24, 2012
    Try the "Nicaraguan Negroni Prunch." Yummy. You can find bartender Jon Gasparini's recipe in the book "Speakeasy Cocktails" created for iPads.
  • Kyle S.
    Kyle SApril 8, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    A good cocktail bar in a somewhat seedy area. Kind of emblematic of its neighborhood (the "Tender-Nob").
  • Jackson F.
    Jackson FergusonJune 15, 2013
    Nice bar, bartenders are awesome try any of their cocktails I'd recommend them all
  • Eric N.
    Eric NelsonAugust 21, 2014
    Great for unique bourbon and rye and the bartenders are very knowledgeable
  • Jeff S.
    Jeff SchonerApril 12, 2015
    Best old-fashioned I've had. Ask for a recommendation from the bartender.
  • Seth B.
    Seth BensonSeptember 26, 2013
    Fancy drinks in a shit part of town. Right nearby is another bar I can't remember the name of that is super cool.
  • Guillaume F.
    Guillaume FlandreNovember 7, 2014
    Group-friendly and good cocktails. Try the lambada if you like spicy drinks.
  • vincent h.
    vincent huangMay 4, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Call me old fashion, but why mess with classics when created by masters? Order the old fashion!
  • Kristen R.
    Kristen RSeptember 10, 2016
    Fantastic craft cocktails. Unique flavors you won't find just anywhere.
  • Natalie K.
    Natalie KOctober 14, 2016
    Nice cocktails...not too crowded or loud. Can usually grab a table easily.
  • Wendy L.
    Wendy LinMarch 23, 2013
    Pimms cup good but a little too spicy for my taste, basil gimlet soooo tasty, only mildly spicy
  • Kyle M.
    Kyle MeyerNovember 28, 2013
    For your cocktail and whiskey needs if you're downtown. Walkable, but if the TL weirds you out just take a cab here.
  • Sam B.
    Sam BurkeJune 30, 2015
    Ask Araya to make you one of her meticulously crafted cocktails - she won't disappoint :)
  • hollerotron
    hollerotronDecember 12, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    great bartenders- they play great music and make excellent cocktails. there's a cage for smokers. nice and dark.
  • Mike R.
    Mike RennOctober 1, 2011
    Jill aka. Bills is the best bartender in sf, strong drinks worth the coin, love it!
  • Anthony A.
    Anthony AntonarosMarch 24
    Been here 25+ times
    It's hard to go wrong with their cocktail menu, there's something for everyone!
  • Sarah T.
    Sarah TrottApril 1, 2010
    Don't order a common drink - the bartenders are talented and able to make wonderfully satisfying, complex drinks Read more
  • @JaumePrimero
    @JaumePrimeroDecember 1, 2011
    Damn this bar is legit! Great crowd, staff are way down!
  • Zack L.
    Zack LongApril 24, 2013
    Good drinks, very good at whipping up something custom if you ask.
  • Cik A.
    Cik AbangMay 23, 2014
    “Sadness in your heart is an inhibitor of success. Avoid the prolonged grief, take heart, and take your chance as soon as possible.”
  • Monique L.
    Monique LowMay 24, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Bartenders are amazing! Anything from this place is good. Tell them what you like and they'll come up with something on the fly!
  • Patrick H.
    Patrick HaneySeptember 28, 2012
    Try Wild Bill's Old Fashioned. Bourbon, root, maple and vanilla. It tastes like an adult cream soda.
  • Kristin K.
    Kristin KramerNovember 7, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Order the "whiskey sour that used to be on the menu" they all know how to make it - brandies cherries and all :-)
  • Gavin S.
    Gavin SchulzAugust 17, 2014
    Classy space but a bit too dark for my tastes. I would recommend the Commonwealth.
  • Jose Antonio T.
    Nice that they have a smoking terrace, not common in the city but definitely welcome.
  • sophia t.
    sophia tyMarch 28, 2011
    basil gimlet and the blueberry+thyme (forgot the actual name) are the 2 must haves!
  • Roger M.
    Roger MaApril 12, 2015
    Awesome whiskey based drinks
  • Jane N.
    Jane NguyenFebruary 3, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Some drink named something Presbyterian is delicious if you like whiskey
  • Rachel R.
    Its a large space with lots of seating and great bartenders!
  • James T.
    James TateJanuary 23, 2015
    Best place to catch up with a friend. Get the Pimms Cup #5
  • Shirin O.
    Shirin OskooiJanuary 23, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    My favorites are the egg white drinks. They don't taste eggy at all. They just add a nice smoothness and frothiness to the cocktails.
  • Aileen A.
    Aileen AbayaSeptember 3, 2012
    You can't go wrong with a basil or cucumber gimlet.
  • Peter W.
    Peter WuJanuary 4, 2015
    Worth the long walk through the Tenderloin to get there from BART
  • CBS Local
    CBS LocalFebruary 17, 2012
    Rye's pool table makes meeting people much easier. Play a friendly game and chat it up. - CBS SF Read more
  • Andrew C.
    Andrew CrookstonNovember 18, 2012
    Expected nothing but this place has a GREAT crew making GREAT drinks!
  • Daniel
    DanielAugust 7, 2016
    Solid cocktails and very nice atmosphere!
  • Craig V.
    Craig VillamorFebruary 4, 2016
    Cool atmosphere, huge list of ryes.
  • cami j.
    cami j.July 28, 2015
    super dark, hip space, tasty cocktails!
  • Haley S.
    Haley SmithJanuary 8, 2013
    Great cocktails but I definitely got my phone stolen right outside this bar.
  • Travelingjoe
    TravelingjoeMarch 16, 2013
    Great vibe, cocktails, and music. Winner!
  • Alex B.
    Alex BarnesOctober 3, 2014
    Good cocktails. Quiet in the early evening.
  • Anna K.
    Anna KocherovskyMarch 26, 2012
    Smoking area outside is the best place for some air on crowded nights
  • Sabina B.
    Sabina B.September 9, 2014
    The bourbon-based Dark 'n Stormy is delicious
  • Caroline
    CarolineAugust 2, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Great place for cocktails. Would definitely recommend trying one of their whiskey sours.
  • @DavidCruiseSF
    @DavidCruiseSFNovember 8, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    great drinks but the bar folks are not very observant or care to take your order unless you shoot a flare..
  • Jen K.
    Jen KeeganFebruary 19, 2016
    Great cocktails, great music, great vibes!
  • Shirley L.
    Shirley LiuOctober 6, 2012
    Definitely get the basil gimlet!!
  • H K.
    H KJanuary 25, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Merchant mule was really good. Refreshing, cold.
  • Jonah P.
    Jonah PriceFebruary 11, 2014
    It's all about Araya, Jules, and Aidan. The best!
  • Sirma S.
    Sirma SuherMarch 9, 2014
    The smell and the taste of basil gimlets!
  • Todd C.
    Todd CarpenterAugust 6, 2014
    Bespoke, hipster cocktails for the win.
  • Noelis S.
    Noelis SotoApril 1, 2016
    Basil gimlet and all of the cocktails!
  • Jose
    JoseJanuary 21, 2013
    Check out the outside cage!
  • Joshua O.
    Joshua OakleyMarch 14, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Eat tacos on Wednesday and Thursday, courtesy of Tango & Stache
  • Lisya G.
    Lisya Gabay NahmiasMarch 9, 2014
    Find Amanda and ask for a Merchant Mullet. You'll love it!
  • Helen S.
    Helen SituNovember 9, 2013
    Basil gimlet. Just do it.
  • Carina A.
    Carina AndersenMay 26, 2015
    Get a basil gimlet then get some 'fresh air' in the cage
  • E M.
    E MartinezFebruary 28, 2013
    Try the Tango An Stache Pop Up At Rye
  • Preston S.
    Preston SchellOctober 28, 2013
    Pray that Margarette is working. She is an absolute blast.
  • Neil R.
    Neil RososJune 12, 2014
    Old Fashioned or Basil Gimlets.
  • Fiona S.
    Fiona StrobridgeJune 5, 2016
    Great cocktails, great bar.
  • Scott S.
    Scott SteadAugust 31, 2014
    Not a bad joint if you don't mind spending big $$ for small drinks.
  • Silpa S.
    Silpa SAugust 19, 2016
    get the basil gimlet!
  • Ian M.
    Ian MacphersonFebruary 16, 2014
    Pimm's #5, friendly staff
  • Matt H.
    Matt HiltachkAugust 26, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    I'll probably never order anything but the Merchant(Moscow) Mule here, it's that good.
  • Brian P.
    Brian PatnodeJune 22, 2014
    There is a bouncer there who is an ass. Truly is a complete jerk and my experience was so bad that despite the good cocktails and atmosphere, i will never go back there again! EVER! but thats just me.
  • Jared Z.
    Jared ZimmermanFebruary 21, 2012
    Best Blood & Sand in the city.
  • Ruby V.
    Ruby VargheseJune 25, 2012
    Try rye,for basil gimlet
    DJLYRiQMay 15, 2011
    Sharbs is the man ask him where the party is at
  • Paulina
    PaulinaJuly 17, 2013
    Cucumber and basil gimlets.
  • Nabil L.
    Nabil LJuly 17, 2013
    Merchant mule = medieval cup
  • Jose
    JoseJanuary 21, 2013
    Try Basil Gimlet!
  • Eric A.
    Eric AuldMarch 28, 2013
    Try the cucumber gimlet
  • Hannah D.
    Hannah DukeJune 3, 2013
    Free bar snacks! Ideal.
  • John S.
    John SampognaMay 22, 2012
    I feel like I could drink a thousand bourbons right now, you guys.
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