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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)
    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
    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
  • 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.
  • Adrian P.
    Adrian Phillips2 weeks ago
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Sarah G.
    Sarah GoerzenFebruary 7
    The cocktail selection is enormous and most are under $13, a rarity for SF. I loved the Heather in Lace
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Michelle H.
    Michelle HadiAugust 31, 2012
    Best French 75s I've ever had! They also have the most perfect ice cubes! Huge fan!
  • Charles H.
    Charles HudsonJune 29, 2012
    If you like bourbon, get the 12 mile. My friend describes it as "summer in your mouth" - tasty.
  • Jordan F.
    Jordan FineMarch 13, 2015
    Awesome cocktails and cool space. Great place to drink and chat with friends.
  • David K.
    David KleinAugust 7, 2014
    Very clever and versatile menu. The tables you get with a reservation are secluded. Try it.
  • Barton S.
    Barton SmithSeptember 6, 2012
    You may want to call ahead to reserve a booth for more than two people. Enjoy!
  • Eric W.
    Eric WillisNovember 23, 2013
    Excellent spot. Go here. Bartenders can make real drinks-- anything you like.
  • Giovanni Walter V.
    The South side is pretty good, nice texture and fresh. Fresh mint as final touch...
  • Kaitlyn T.
    Kaitlyn TriggerJune 24, 2012
    Get the Afternoon Tea Sour. Best gin cocktail I've had, period.
  • meganificent
    meganificentMay 4, 2013
    Order off-menu. Get a Goldrush. You won't be sorry, and you'll become everyone's hero for suggesting it.
  • Rohini J.
    Rohini JalanJanuary 18
    If you like your gin then get the London Fog and the French 75.
  • Joe B.
    Joe BiscahaJuly 12, 2014
    Get the punch bowl. Do it. Don't ask questions.
  • Doug B.
    Doug BaerMay 13
    Can get crowded w/ no places to sit, but the drinks are great
  • OttO G.
    OttO GiuseppeNovember 20, 2013
    Get a gin drink! they also have a house made Pimms
  • Justin D.
    Justin Dela CruzOctober 3, 2014
    The bartenders are friendly and knowledgable, but are they required to wear hipster suspenders?
  • Julie H.
    Julie HallJuly 19, 2012
    The bartenders & servers really know their drinks and gives great recommendations!
  • Dottie L.
    Dottie LouJune 14
    Cocktails are on point.
  • Marc S.
    Marc SOctober 15, 2014
    Great cocktails, well mixed.
  • Heather T.
    Heather TerrellNovember 18, 2013
    Make reservations to drink in one of their themed booths.
  • Kenny H.
    Kenny HsuDecember 10, 2012
    Try the Sazerac because it tastes good and gets you drunk.
  • Ash P.
    Ash PondersAugust 7, 2014
    Great spot to wait for your B+B reservation.
  • Marc S.
    Marc SOctober 15, 2014
    Excellent cocktails, properly mixed.
  • ketzirah l.
    ketzirah lesserJanuary 19
    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.
  • Connor H.
    Connor HayesSeptember 24, 2013
    Great cocktails, cool atmosphere, shitty neighborhood.
  • Christine A.
    Christine AgoniJune 2, 2013
    12 mile is the way to go! Bourbon ftw.
  • Silpa S.
    Silpa SAugust 19
    Awesome vibe! Very good drinks.
  • Varun S.
    Varun ShettyAugust 30, 2015
    Good whiskey selection. Drink 1. Or 4.
  • Kelan T.
    Kelan ThomasOctober 5, 2013
    Afternoon Tea Sour, best gin-based cocktail in SF.
  • Casi G.
    Casi GerberJuly 18, 2012
    The French 75 is a great drink!
  • Danny S.
    Danny SauterJune 23, 2012
    Get the Surfer on Acid and expand your mind in the 'Loin.
  • Sanketh S.
    Sanketh ShettyJanuary 17
    Heather in lace is a good whiskey cocktail
  • Christian
    ChristianJuly 7, 2012
    Afternoon Tea Sour. Delicious. Do it.
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