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Tradition

Tradition

Cocktail Bar$$$$
Tenderloin, San Francisco
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  • Kelan T.
    "Afternoon Tea Sour, best gin-based cocktail in SF."(4 Tips)
    Danny S.
    "Get the Surfer on Acid and expand your mind in the 'Loin."(3 Tips)
    Carina A.
    "Sazerac."(6 Tips)
    Tanner C.
    "Cozy bar, a lot of good whiskey cocktails."(15 Tips)
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  • Michael L.
    Michael LunøeDecember 11, 2016
    Love this place. A little bit more rowdy than speakeasy bars, but still great cocktails! Great whiskey selection. A good place for a group, and their beer selection is pretty good too.
  • Eater
    EaterApril 16, 2013
    The Tradition is complete with its own proprietary bottled, aged spirits, and a lengthy drinks bible divided into various genres of drinking: tiki, Irish pub, speakeasy, dive bar, etc.
  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableDecember 4, 2014
    Have a choose-your-own-adventure cocktail outing with your office mates at Tradition, a fantastic bar featuring a cocktail menu divided into sections showcasing different cocktail traditions. Read more
  • Adrian P.
    Adrian PhillipsSeptember 8, 2016
    Very big fan of the spirits with "washes" here. They have an Espolon Tequilla with a coffee wash that is one of the tastiest little boozy beverages I've had the pleasure of putting down my gullet.
  • BarChick
    BarChickAugust 22, 2013
    Waltz in and find a seat along the bar or in the small mezzanine (good people watching) and order from a frequently changing menu http://barchick.com/find-a-bar/san-francisco/tradition
  • Ashwin K.
    Ashwin KumarFebruary 12, 2017
    Some of the best cocktails I've had in California! Try "the bag". It's called "the exotic" and comes with roasted banana, pineapple, coconut cream and gin or rum. CUTE PLACE TOO
  • Tanner C.
    Tanner ChristensenAugust 16, 2015
    Cozy bar, a lot of good whiskey cocktails. Get a reservation for a little privacy, or show up early for a seat at the bar.
  • Zack S.
    Zack SheppardDecember 8, 2013
    The Sazerac is world class, but if you're a real spirits fan you've got to try the Bulliet Rye and Green Chartreuse barrel-aged spirit. It's simply awesome.
  • Aaron B.
    Aaron BoboJanuary 4, 2014
    Afternoon Tea Sour was amazingly well made. Refreshing and strong. Really like the mood of this place as it's upscale and relaxed yet not swanky so it fits everyone.
  • 7x7 Magazine
    7x7 MagazineNovember 30, 2012
    Chocolately and boozy, the Borracha Abuelita ("drunk grandmother") made with tequila, chili-spiced hot chocolate and Mezcal-infused whipped cream is a surefire way to keep you warm during the winter. Read more
  • Gusto L.
    Gusto LopezMarch 23, 2014
    I dug this spot. The bartenders looked like they were part of The Lumineers (fashion style) and were very helpful. I also love the decor and intimate little booths.
  • Chris G.
    Chris GoldenAugust 2, 2014
    Don't be fooled by the fact their house old fashioned is made with wild turkey. It's not the wild turkey of your youth. It's barrel aged and amazingly tasty.
  • Alyssa B.
    Alyssa BoissonDecember 3, 2013
    People with reservations get a different menu than those who pull up a seat at the bar... So plan ahead (the extended menu is awesome).
  • Gregory K.
    Gregory KueblerSeptember 25, 2017
    Happy hour cocktails $7. Pretty good. They have cozy little booths. Good for dates and close friends but awkward for drinks with colleagues
  • Ali A.
    Ali AndersonNovember 30, 2014
    1920's themed bar with a dark speak easy atmosphere. Solid cocktails - a recommend stop on a tenderloin bar tour.
  • Amanda S.
    Amanda SchneiderJuly 19, 2015
    You can't go wrong with any cocktails in the Tiki section of this menu, but I love the surfer on acid
  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableAugust 6, 2012
    Snag a confessional-like “snug” (aka booth) and order a Mind Eraser to rewrite those woozy college memories. This version is deliciously rich and dark: Read more
  • Kristen A.
    Kristen AckermanJuly 25, 2017
    Fantastic cocktails in a non pretentious setting.
  • Antonis K.
    Antonis KalipetisFebruary 7, 2015
    Great cocktails, nice atmosphere and am overall look from the 20s. Make sure you ask the barman for a suggestion.
  • Quintein
    QuinteinFebruary 21, 2017
    One of the coolest bars I've been to. They have semi-private booths on one side and a separate upstairs bar.
  • Tony M.
    Tony McRobertsJuly 10, 2012
    Industry Special is your best bet. A blue collar brew (pbr, high life, or schlitz...yes, I said schlitz) + a featured shot. Ideally it's the Wild Turkey 101. Recognize.
  • Alexander K.
    Alexander KhadiwalaJanuary 30, 2013
    They do their own finishes on some scotch they buy, and its delicious. Auchentoshan finished in Sauterne was definitely very interesting.
  • Sarah G.
    Sarah GoerzenFebruary 7, 2016
    The cocktail selection is enormous and most are under $13, a rarity for SF. I loved the Heather in Lace
  • Sabina B.
    Sabina B.August 6, 2014
    Same owner as Bourbon & Branch so you know the cocktails are good. The vibe and bartenders here are slightly better though
  • Charles H.
    Charles HudsonJune 29, 2012
    If you like bourbon, get the 12 mile. My friend describes it as "summer in your mouth" - tasty.
  • Michelle H.
    Michelle HadiAugust 31, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Best French 75s I've ever had! They also have the most perfect ice cubes! Huge fan!
  • David ☕️ K.
    David ☕️ KleinAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Very clever and versatile menu. The tables you get with a reservation are secluded. Try it.
  • Jordan F.
    Jordan FineMarch 13, 2015
    Awesome cocktails and cool space. Great place to drink and chat with friends.
  • Dottie L.
    Dottie LouJune 14, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Cocktails are on point.
  • Eric W.
    Eric WillisNovember 23, 2013
    Excellent spot. Go here. Bartenders can make real drinks-- anything you like.
  • Barton S.
    Barton SmithSeptember 6, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    You may want to call ahead to reserve a booth for more than two people. Enjoy!
  • Joe B.
    Joe BiscahaJuly 12, 2014
    Get the punch bowl. Do it. Don't ask questions.
  • Giovanni Walter V.
    The South side is pretty good, nice texture and fresh. Fresh mint as final touch...
  • meganificent
    meganificentMay 4, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Order off-menu. Get a Goldrush. You won't be sorry, and you'll become everyone's hero for suggesting it.
  • Kaitlyn T.
    Kaitlyn TriggerJune 24, 2012
    Get the Afternoon Tea Sour. Best gin cocktail I've had, period.
  • OttO G.
    OttO GiuseppeNovember 20, 2013
    Get a gin drink! they also have a house made Pimms
  • Fraser H.
    Fraser HarrisSeptember 29, 2016
    The punch bowls are great! 🍸 Lots of floor space to mingle
  • An S.
    An ShengJuly 17, 2017
    Their Exotic drink is the best
  • Rohini J.
    Rohini JalanJanuary 18, 2016
    If you like your gin then get the London Fog and the French 75.
  • Julie H.
    Julie HallJuly 19, 2012
    The bartenders & servers really know their drinks and gives great recommendations!
  • Marc S.
    Marc SOctober 15, 2014
    Great cocktails, well mixed.
  • Doug B.
    Doug BaerMay 13, 2016
    Can get crowded w/ no places to sit, but the drinks are great
  • Kenny H.
    Kenny HsuDecember 10, 2012
    Try the Sazerac because it tastes good and gets you drunk.
  • Heather T.
    Heather TerrellNovember 18, 2013
    Make reservations to drink in one of their themed booths.
  • Ash P.
    Ash PondersAugust 7, 2014
    Great spot to wait for your B+B reservation.
  • Connor H.
    Connor HayesSeptember 24, 2013
    Great cocktails, cool atmosphere, shitty neighborhood.
  • Marc S.
    Marc SOctober 15, 2014
    Excellent cocktails, properly mixed.
  • Christine A.
    Christine AgoniJune 2, 2013
    12 mile is the way to go! Bourbon ftw.
  • ketzirah l.
    ketzirah lesserJanuary 19, 2016
    Don't expect service unless you are hipster & or a leggy blond. There were maybe 10 people in the bar and we could barely get the bartenders to acknowledge us - even to take our money.
  • Kelan T.
    Kelan ThomasOctober 5, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Afternoon Tea Sour, best gin-based cocktail in SF.
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