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The Alembic

Cocktail Bar, New American Restaurant, and Whisky Bar$$$$
Haight Ashbury, San Francisco
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  • Ivan R.
    Ivan ResnikoffOctober 22
    Bone marrow and true mixology
  • chunyan s.
    chunyan songOctober 1
    Been here 5+ times
    Jewel of the nile
  • Jones
    JonesJuly 20
    Good drinks nice setting. Old fashioned good
  • Chris W.
    Chris WrenJune 19
    Great cocktails and impeccable music selection. Played Mac DeMarco and Tame Impala deep cuts while I was here.
  • Campbell B.
    Trendy watering hole. If you're hankering for cocktails, it seems like a crucial visit. For beers or other libations though, it's pretty optional.
  • Brad T.
    Brad TJune 4
    Been here 5+ times
    One of SFs original mixology haunts and forever loved bc of it. Southern Exposure is a must and single-handedly responsible for turning me into an alcoholic.
  • Brant M.
    Beautiful and well crafted cocktails
  • Victor M.
    Nice selection of cocktails.
  • Will B.
    Will BertelsenApril 2
    Been here 25+ times
    Grab a seat near the windows on a weekend afternoon after a walk in the park.
  • Liz M.
    Nice beer on tap, but the bartenders and selection is the real draw to this place. One person asked for Pliny the Elder and was send down the street.
  • Jeff S.
    Jeff ShaferMarch 13
    Order a Brown Wolf and try to sit at the bar in Hector's section, the inventor of the Brown Wolf
  • Michael B.
    Go for the drinks, not for the service.
  • Kyle M.
    Kyle MaceyFebruary 27
    Amazing whiskey tasting flights!
  • Catherine F.
    Original cocktails, awesome staff, great vibe!
  • Alex D.
    Alex DiebaldJanuary 6
    Been here 5+ times
    Sazerac and pork belly sliders.
  • Emily K.
    Emily KaneJanuary 5
    It's not a cocktail menu, it's an anthology. Each drink is given its own creation myth. Be prepared to commit your time and taste buds to trying more than two.
  • Scott S.
    Scott SoenenNovember 22, 2015
    Favs were the bread and bone marrow. Duck hearts are also recommended.
  • Melon L.
    Melon LOctober 27, 2015
    Phenomenal cocktail menu. Southern exposure is a can't miss.
  • Nicole H.
    Nicole HortonOctober 25, 2015
    The barkeep wasn't the friendliest. The whiskey was good and the bar food was moderately priced but I feel like this is a place for regulars and not the one time patron.
  • D O.
    D OOctober 21, 2015
    Great bar. A little hip but just not too much. Really friendly staff.
  • PUNCH
    PUNCHSeptember 24, 2015
    With its beautifully editorialized cocktail list, Alembic is the Haight’s de-facto cocktail joint. Whiskey is a serious subject here, as is the gin and tequila collection. Read more
  • Andrew G.
    Andrew GielSeptember 16, 2015
    Brooklyn was amazing
  • Jason H.
    Jason HuJuly 30, 2015
    Look at their cocktail menu and order whatever speaks to you.
  • Ashley M.
    Ashley MowreyJuly 16, 2015
    This place is beyond packed, all of the time, except for lunch time mid week. They have great food, mid priced, and cocktails that will get you inappropriately drunk mid day.
  • David C.
    David ContrerasMay 20, 2015
    Outstanding
  • Kevin L.
    Kevin Law-SmithApril 21, 2015
    Becherovka and tonic #Beton time
  • Clare
    ClareApril 15, 2015
    Nice cocktails, fancy food
  • George G.
    George GaylApril 14, 2015
    The charcoal grilled beef young was delightful
  • Bryan D.
    Bryan DugganMarch 27, 2015
    Cocktails, Sazerac, food
  • SFist
    SFistMarch 25, 2015
    The Blood 'n' Sand can be found on menus as far back as 1947; it's Scotch whisky, cherry brandy, sweet vermouth, and orange juice. Read more
  • Meghan M.
    Meghan McgarryMarch 5, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Girl Scout cookie cocktail pairings
  • Dmitri S.
    Dmitri SkjorshammerFebruary 26, 2015
    Haiku d'etat and sazerac were very tasty!
  • The Tastes that Make the City
    The bourbon old-fashioned is the best bourbon cocktail in SF, making our list of "The Tastes That Make the City: SF Edition." Read more
  • AFAR Media
    AFAR MediaJanuary 22, 2015
    The bartenders here take their mixology seriously. As in "this has the essence of elderflower" in it seriously. Try the "Shine On You Crazy Diamond," which is pepper juice and gin. Read more
  • Ian W.
    Ian WalterJanuary 10, 2015
    Great sazerac
  • Konstantin K.
    Konstantin KlyaginJanuary 5, 2015
    Perfect bar with good food, great drinks and young crowd. Get bone marrow and a haiku d'etat!
  • Morgan B.
    Morgan BellerJanuary 2, 2015
    Go for the pickled quail eggs. Just trust me on this one.
  • Brad T.
    Brad TJanuary 1, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    A great place to discover your inner-alcoholic. Try anything but don't miss the Southern Exposure.
  • Ben R.
    Ben RussoDecember 25, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Rebuilding their kitchen has allowed them to strengthen an already strong menu. Some of the most overlooked food in town.
  • Deborah L.
    Deborah LandisDecember 7, 2014
    The brandade was a nice twist on a classic dish.
  • Tye C.
    Tye ChaitNovember 22, 2014
    Great cocktails and atmosphere. Sazerac is my favorite and the celery one is popular.
  • Chris M.
    Chris MessinaOctober 31, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The Sazerac 
is an ode to the Big Easy. The Bourbon Old
 Fashioned is nothing more than a slug of bourbon on the rocks with bitters, a little sugar and lemon peel to take the
 edge off.
  • Time Out San Francisco
    Time Out San FranciscoOctober 10, 2014
    No matter what your poison is, you'll find it here. Half of the menu is devoted to well-loved classics. The other half is “new school”—house-devised concoctions that embrace seasonal ingredients. Read more
  • Stef K.
    Stef KriegerOctober 9, 2014
    Delicious cocktails in a cozy space right on Haight St.
  • Aneilia M.
    Aneilia McDermottOctober 1, 2014
    Pink quail eggs!
  • Terry D.
    Terry DrymonacosSeptember 30, 2014
    Relaxed atmosphere with some good on tap beer.
  • Lily
    LilySeptember 8, 2014
    Great bespoke cocktails. Challenge your palette and get something on the menu you wouldn't normally go for.
  • Amy R.
    Amy RobinsonAugust 31, 2014
    A fantastic bar with lovely staff. Great deal on a bear and a shot.
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 22, 2014
    Parke Ulrich, chef of Waterbar, eats here on his nights off. He loves the Shishito peppers w/ smoked anchovy salt. Read more
  • Andy J.
    Andy JiangAugust 21, 2014
    Drink, drank, drunk.
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