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Tradition

Tradition

Cocktail Bar$$$$
Tenderloin, San Francisco
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  • Don't forget it is Memorial Day today. You may want to call to confirm this place is open.
  • 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)
    Kenny H.
    "Try the Sazerac because it tastes good and gets you drunk."(6 Tips)
    Mario E.
    "Get an old fashioned :)"(3 Tips)
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  • Tasting Table
    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
    Tasting Table · December 4, 2014
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  • Eater
    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.
    Eater · April 16, 2013
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  • 7x7 Magazine
    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
    7x7 Magazine · November 30, 2012
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  • BarChick
    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
    BarChick · August 22, 2013
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  • Gusto L.
    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.
    Gusto Lopez · March 23, 2014
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  • Aaron B.
    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.
    Aaron Bobo · January 4, 2014
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  • Tanner C.
    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.
    Tanner Christensen · August 16, 2015
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  • Zack S.
    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.
    Zack Sheppard · December 8, 2013
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  • Tony M.
    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.
    Tony McRoberts · July 10, 2012
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  • carly ketzirah l.
    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.
    carly ketzirah lesser · January 19
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  • Alyssa B.
    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).
    Alyssa Boisson · December 3, 2013
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  • Alexander K.
    They do their own finishes on some scotch they buy, and its delicious. Auchentoshan finished in Sauterne was definitely very interesting.
    Alexander Khadiwala · January 30, 2013
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  • Chris G.
    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.
    Chris Golden · August 2, 2014
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  • Tasting Table
    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
    Tasting Table · August 6, 2012
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  • Ali A.
    1920's themed bar with a dark speak easy atmosphere. Solid cocktails - a recommend stop on a tenderloin bar tour.
    Ali Anderson · November 30, 2014
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  • Sarah G.
    The cocktail selection is enormous and most are under $13, a rarity for SF. I loved the Heather in Lace
    Sarah Goerzen · February 7
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  • Antonis K.
    Great cocktails, nice atmosphere and am overall look from the 20s. Make sure you ask the barman for a suggestion.
    Antonis Kalipetis · February 7, 2015
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  • Amanda S.
    You can't go wrong with any cocktails in the Tiki section of this menu, but I love the surfer on acid
    Amanda Schneider · July 19, 2015
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  • Sabina B.
    Same owner as Bourbon & Branch so you know the cocktails are good. The vibe and bartenders here are slightly better though
    Sabina B. · August 6, 2014
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  • Brian H.
    There are two toilets. A pub in Ireland this size could not function with only two toilets. Conclusion: Americans don't drink very much.
    Brian Henry · June 23, 2013
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  • Charles H.
    If you like bourbon, get the 12 mile. My friend describes it as "summer in your mouth" - tasty.
    Charles Hudson · June 29, 2012
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  • Nick
    Awful inattentive service. List is fussy and confusing for no good reason. Drinks not enough to cancel out the awful experience.
    Nick · September 14, 2013
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  • David K.
    Very clever and versatile menu. The tables you get with a reservation are secluded. Try it.
    David Klein · August 7, 2014
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  • Michelle H.
    Best French 75s I've ever had! They also have the most perfect ice cubes! Huge fan!
    Michelle Hadi · August 31, 2012
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  • Jorgio C.
    Waitress here has a serious attitude problem. Be ready if you dare to do things like get your own water.
    Jorgio Castro · October 19, 2013
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  • Barton S.
    You may want to call ahead to reserve a booth for more than two people. Enjoy!
    Barton Smith · September 6, 2012
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  • Jordan F.
    Awesome cocktails and cool space. Great place to drink and chat with friends.
    Jordan Fine · March 13, 2015
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  • Justin D.
    The bartenders are friendly and knowledgable, but are they required to wear hipster suspenders?
    Justin Dela Cruz · October 3, 2014
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  • meganificent
    Order off-menu. Get a Goldrush. You won't be sorry, and you'll become everyone's hero for suggesting it.
    meganificent · May 4, 2013
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  • Giovanni Walter V.
    The South side is pretty good, nice texture and fresh. Fresh mint as final touch...
    Giovanni Walter Vatieri · August 10, 2012
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  • Rohini J.
    If you like your gin then get the London Fog and the French 75.
    Rohini Jalan · January 18
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  • Eric W.
    Excellent spot. Go here. Bartenders can make real drinks-- anything you like.
    Eric Willis · November 23, 2013
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  • Julie H.
    The bartenders & servers really know their drinks and gives great recommendations!
    Julie Hall · July 19, 2012
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  • Kaitlyn T.
    Get the Afternoon Tea Sour. Best gin cocktail I've had, period.
    Kaitlyn Trigger · June 24, 2012
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  • Doug B.
    Can get crowded w/ no places to sit, but the drinks are great
    Doug Baer · 2 weeks ago
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  • Heather T.
    Make reservations to drink in one of their themed booths.
    Heather Terrell · November 18, 2013
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  • OttO G.
    Get a gin drink! they also have a house made Pimms
    OttO Giuseppe · November 20, 2013
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  • Joe B.
    Get the punch bowl. Do it. Don't ask questions.
    Joe Biscaha · July 12, 2014
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  • Kenny H.
    Try the Sazerac because it tastes good and gets you drunk.
    Kenny Hsu · December 10, 2012
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  • Connor H.
    Great cocktails, cool atmosphere, shitty neighborhood.
    Connor Hayes · September 24, 2013
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  • Marc S.
    Great cocktails, well mixed.
    Marc S · October 15, 2014
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  • Marc S.
    Excellent cocktails, properly mixed.
    Marc S · October 15, 2014
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  • Ash P.
    Great spot to wait for your B+B reservation.
    Ash Ponders · August 7, 2014
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  • Christine A.
    12 mile is the way to go! Bourbon ftw.
    Christine Agoni · June 2, 2013
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  • Danny S.
    Get the Surfer on Acid and expand your mind in the 'Loin.
    Danny Sauter · June 23, 2012
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  • Sean H.
    Great drinks, great servers, awful music.
    Sean H · July 7, 2013
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  • Casi G.
    The French 75 is a great drink!
    Casi Gerber · July 18, 2012
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  • Varun S.
    Good whiskey selection. Drink 1. Or 4.
    Varun Shetty · August 30, 2015
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  • Chris
    This place is great for waiting outside in a line! Love it!
    Chris · September 16, 2012
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  • Kevin B.
    Old Bird is a surprisingly sweet bourbon based drink.
    Kevin Burg · July 4, 2014
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  • Kelan T.
    Afternoon Tea Sour, best gin-based cocktail in SF.
    Kelan Thomas · October 5, 2013
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  • Stephany
    Get a 12 Mile if you like Bourbon. So good.
    Stephany · March 1, 2013
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  • Angela K.
    Tucked away in the TL but they make some 💣 ass drinks
    Angela Kam · December 21, 2013
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  • Sanketh S.
    Heather in lace is a good whiskey cocktail
    Sanketh Shetty · January 17
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  • Christian
    Afternoon Tea Sour. Delicious. Do it.
    Christian · July 7, 2012
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  • Greg G.
    Get a drink like Mom used to make.
    Greg Gioia · October 31, 2012
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  • Shirley L.
    Make a reservation for a "snug"/booth!
    Shirley Liu · November 5, 2012
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  • Nadine
    Great drinks, love the Southside.
    Nadine · September 21, 2013
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  • Rob D.
    Great drinks and atmosphere!
    Rob D · January 23, 2013
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  • Travis L.
    No hats? Get over yourself, Tradition...
    Travis Libby · June 2, 2013
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  • Carina A.
    Sazerac. Always sazerac.
    Carina Andersen · March 25, 2015
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  • Nadège B.
    Best drinks in the city!
    Nadège Bréant · October 22, 2014
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  • Tommy L.
    Try Mr Lew's Sazerac. Dayum.
    Tommy Leep · January 24, 2013
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  • Auburn S.
    Lean back in the banker's chairs like a boss.
    Auburn Santo · January 16, 2014
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  • Ryan O.
    Try the Ardbeg rinsed Zacapa
    Ryan Ota · December 6, 2014
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  • Toby C.
    barrel-aged old fashioned. do it
    Toby C. · July 7, 2012
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  • Matt S.
    Caroline is amazing.
    Matt Shofnos · November 10, 2013
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  • Nathan S.
    Great cocktails
    Nathan Sampimon · September 15, 2014
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  • Ben L.
    Get a booth
    Ben Langholz · November 13, 2013
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  • Elllen B.
    Real cocktails
    Elllen B · October 2, 2014
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  • Mario E.
    Get an old fashioned :)
    Mario Estrada · August 25, 2012
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  • Asinine D.
    Count your change
    Asinine Duplicity · February 21, 2013
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  • Stephan W.
    Get a Sazerac.
    Stephan Winokur · June 23, 2012
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  • Jordan K.
    Bomb ass playlist.
    Jordan Kong · January 11, 2014
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  • Matt ☄.
    R.I.P. 441 Club
    Matt ☄ · July 6, 2012
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  • Scott W.
    surfer on acid
    Scott Wilson · July 6, 2014
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