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The Alembic

Cocktail Bar, New American Restaurant, and Whisky Bar$$$$
Haight Ashbury, San Francisco
228 Tips and reviews
  • cocktails
  • whiskey
  • bone marrow
  • southern exposure
  • sliders
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  • Alex C.
    Alex Chiritescu2 weeks ago
    Great cocktails. Tasty and just the right amount of alcohol, not too boozy and not just water. Tried one-eyed jack and mount aso.
  • Liza P.
    Liza PApril 2
    Great Blood and Sand cocktail, also recommend the bone marrow appetizer.
  • Ale T.
    Ale TowerFebruary 13
    Had a couple of cocktails and both were very good. They have some crazy bottle behind the counter too if you're flush with cash!
  • Byron W.
    Byron WilkesFebruary 5
    Love the Alembic, one of my fave places in SF. Make a res for bigger parties and def order the Jamaican jerk duck hearts.
  • John G.
    John GrahamJanuary 19
    The bread and butter is SO GOOD. Future you will thank present you for ordering it.
  • Mathilde C.
    Great cocktails and good food, portions are quite small.
  • Joseph B.
    The absinthe cocktail
  • Michael L.
    Michael LunøeDecember 11, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Really nice cocktails! Awesome selection of whiskey! Food is pretty good too!
  • Ivan R.
    Ivan ResnikoffOctober 22, 2016
    Bone marrow and true mixology
  • chunyan
    chunyanOctober 1, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Jewel of the nile
  • Jones
    JonesJuly 20, 2016
    Good drinks nice setting. Old fashioned good
  • Chris W.
    Chris WrenJune 19, 2016
    Great cocktails and impeccable music selection. Played Mac DeMarco and Tame Impala deep cuts while I was here.
  • Campbell B.
    Campbell BirdJune 7, 2016
    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, 2016
    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.
    Brant McQuittyMay 27, 2016
    Beautiful and well crafted cocktails
  • Victor M.
    Victor MarquezApril 8, 2016
    Nice selection of cocktails.
  • Will B.
    Will BertelsenApril 2, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    Grab a seat near the windows on a weekend afternoon after a walk in the park.
  • Liz M.
    Liz McLean KnightMarch 20, 2016
    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, 2016
    Order a Brown Wolf and try to sit at the bar in Hector's section, the inventor of the Brown Wolf
  • Michael B.
    Michael BarberMarch 6, 2016
    Go for the drinks, not for the service.
  • Kyle M.
    Kyle MaceyFebruary 27, 2016
    Amazing whiskey tasting flights!
  • Catherine F.
    Catherine Fortin-DubeFebruary 24, 2016
    Original cocktails, awesome staff, great vibe!
  • Alex D.
    Alex DiebaldJanuary 6, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Sazerac and pork belly sliders.
  • Emily K.
    Emily KaneJanuary 5, 2016
    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.
    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
  • 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
    Upvoted 4 weeks ago
  • 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.
  • AFAR Media
    AFAR MediaAugust 12, 2014
    We always get snacks like the pickled quail eggs & sumac potato chips with yogurt dipping sauce, a sandwich (I love the beer-battered rockfish), & a tasty, inventive cocktail. Read more
  • Kaela S.
    Kaela StuartAugust 12, 2014
    Ahhhmaahzing cocktails. Haven't yet tried new kitchen, but I enjoyed their food last time I was there.
  • Kc M.
    Kc MuellerAugust 11, 2014
    Nice bartender!
  • Brent G.
    Brent GatewoodAugust 7, 2014
    Fantastic Cocktails!
  • Ben B.
    Ben BarenholtzAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Everything. Hands down the best true cocktail bar in the city. Also the Southern Exposure and the Vieux Carre.
  • Michael D.
    Michael DempseyAugust 1, 2014
    Good bar bites, great cocktails. Best stop on Haight.
  • Alyssa F.
    Alyssa FooteJuly 17, 2014
    The cocktails are unique and fabulous! The dining room is small, but the food is so unusual that it's worth the struggle to get a seat.
  • Kevin B.
    Kevin BurgJuly 2, 2014
    Ask for the enormous whiskey menu.
  • Grace S.
    Grace S.June 1, 2014
    Get the blood and sand
  • David H.
    David HuMay 24, 2014
    Order a whiskey or rye older than you are... While you can
  • Brad G.
    Brad GrahamMay 10, 2014
    "Alembic Bar is where off-duty or pre-shift bartenders head for a high-quality drink." This bar in Haight Ashbury also has a small menu with interesting choices such as duck hearts and quail eggs.
  • Graham J.
    Graham JenkinApril 28, 2014
    Renovating. Kitchen is closed. Should be reopening soon. Cocktails are still as good as ever.
  • Jia Min C.
    Jia Min ChengMarch 28, 2014
    Kitchen is being remodeled right now. Might be a few weeks until they start serving dinner again. :(
  • Mike W.
    Mike WeissMarch 26, 2014
    Get a Girl Scout cookie pairing while they last. Highly recommend the Thin mint FTW!
  • Thrillist
    ThrillistMarch 24, 2014
    Alembic is PAIRING Girl Scout Cookies and alcohol TOGETHER. You'll get two cookies served with every one complementing cocktail. What are you waiting for?! Read more
  • Ryan L.
    Ryan LMarch 16, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Vasco da gama is especially good if it's cold outside, you cuties
  • bianca c.
    My favourite bar in San Francisco. Well made drinks and fun snacks. Definitely too loud in there for my taste, but that's common in SF.
  • Tim H.
    Tim HainesFebruary 5, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Get the old fashioned.
  • Lindsey T.
    Lindsey ThomasJanuary 11, 2014
    Great little spot to grab some amazing drinks!
  • Caitlin J.
    Caitlin JamesJanuary 8, 2014
    great shops nearby in the haight area, specials listed on chalkboard, great place for whiskey drinks.
  • Axel
    AxelDecember 11, 2013
    Gotta try the bone marrow!
  • Shabeeb
    ShabeebDecember 3, 2013
    nine volt with amazing duck heart skewers
  • Chris M.
    Chris MessinaNovember 19, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Seasoned Alembic bartender Danny Louie and AQ alum Ethan Terry have kept up the Upper Haight staple's cocktail tradition via a great new menu.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsOctober 31, 2013
    Tasty cocktails and surprisingly creative snacks at this Haight Street bar.
  • Jeffrey C.
    Jeffrey CachaperoOctober 27, 2013
    Perfect #craftbeer and shot menu
  • Paige C.
    Paige COctober 21, 2013
    Service is amazing. Very friendly staff. The drinks were delicious as well.
  • Emily Y.
    Emily YauOctober 3, 2013
    Bone marrow is delish!
  • Sandi P.
    Sandi PuglieseSeptember 27, 2013
    sourhern exposure cocktail is to die for.. super refreshing.
  • Fawn F.
    Fawn FitterSeptember 26, 2013
    Perfect Sazeracs. A+++ would drink again.
  • Mara Lu H.
    Mara Lu Herrera CohenSeptember 21, 2013
    Honey and cumin nuts and olives with calabrian chili jam....delicious!!!
  • Bonnie B.
    Bonnie BurtonSeptember 16, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Order the Blood & Sand cocktail! It's not on the drinks menu anymore but the bartenders know how to make this retro drink & it's tasty!
  • lynn f.
    lynn friedmanSeptember 16, 2013
    lamb sliders at the bar - most accurate pisco sour
  • Rupert H.
    Rupert HarwoodSeptember 9, 2013
    Pork belly sliders are to die for.
  • Becherovka Voyager
    Becherovka VoyagerSeptember 4, 2013
    There's nothing better than a fresh herbal Becherovka cocktail to go along with an equally delicious dinner. That's what you get when you pay a visit to the Haight's trendy buzz spot, Alembic.
  • Sara R.
    Sara RobertsonSeptember 4, 2013
    Great place to catch a mid-afternoon craft cocktail and relax.
  • Ian S.
    Ian SullivanAugust 29, 2013
    Love the Vasco de Gama cocktail! Whiskey with apple and a spicy kick. Super good. Pair it with an order of the cumin honey spiced nuts. Gold!
  • Lan
    LanAugust 26, 2013
    Oh, you thought you were just stopping by for the excellent cocktails? False. You are also here to order the bone marrow. Seriously.
  • Natarajan C.
    Natarajan ChakrapaniAugust 24, 2013
    Sand and blood! Bloody good!
  • BarChick
    BarChickAugust 20, 2013
    Classic cocktails, like a Jack Rose with Applejack, grenadine and lime, are right at home next to the new school ones, like the Southern Exposure
  • Paulina O.
    Paulina OchoaAugust 8, 2013
    Great service great drinks great ambience! Best pisco sour ever!!!
  • Jeff M.
    Jeff MussAugust 4, 2013
    The puffed beef tendons (yes, that's tendons) are fabulous!
  • Patrick A.
    Patrick ArmitageJuly 31, 2013
    Duck hearts are amazing, and one of the best old fashions I've ever had...classic!
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  • Claudia T.
    Claudia TeraokaJune 10, 2014
    Muy buenos los cocktail de whisky
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