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Tradition

Tradition

Cocktail Bar$$$$
Tenderloin, San Francisco
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  • Has a stamp of approval from Eater and 7x7 Magazine
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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)
    Tanner C.
    "Cozy bar, a lot of good whiskey cocktails."(15 Tips)
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Ashwin K.
    Ashwin KumarFebruary 12
    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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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).
  • 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
  • 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
  • Kristen A.
    Kristen A3 weeks ago
    Fantastic cocktails in a non pretentious setting.
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Quintein
    QuinteinFebruary 21
    One of the coolest bars I've been to. They have semi-private booths on one side and a separate upstairs bar.
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • Joe B.
    Joe BiscahaJuly 12, 2014
    Get the punch bowl. Do it. Don't ask questions.
  • 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
  • An S.
    An ShengJuly 17
    Their Exotic drink is the best
  • Fraser H.
    Fraser HarrisSeptember 29, 2016
    The punch bowls are great! 🍸 Lots of floor space to mingle
  • Julie H.
    Julie HallJuly 19, 2012
    The bartenders & servers really know their drinks and gives great recommendations!
  • Rohini J.
    Rohini JalanJanuary 18, 2016
    If you like your gin then get the London Fog and the French 75.
  • 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.
  • Connor H.
    Connor HayesSeptember 24, 2013
    Great cocktails, cool atmosphere, shitty neighborhood.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Silpa S.
    Silpa SAugust 19, 2016
    Awesome vibe! Very good drinks.
  • Varun S.
    Varun ShettyAugust 30, 2015
    Good whiskey selection. Drink 1. Or 4.
  • Margherita B.
    Cool cocktail spot in Tenderloin
  • Casi G.
    Casi GerberJuly 18, 2012
    The French 75 is a great drink!
  • Sean H.
    Sean HJuly 7, 2013
    Great drinks, great servers, awful music.
  • Danny S.
    Danny SauterJune 23, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the Surfer on Acid and expand your mind in the 'Loin.
  • Nadine
    NadineSeptember 21, 2013
    Great drinks, love the Southside.
  • Stephany
    StephanyMarch 1, 2013
    Get a 12 Mile if you like Bourbon. So good.
  • Christian
    ChristianJuly 7, 2012
    Afternoon Tea Sour. Delicious. Do it.
  • Kevin B.
    Kevin BurgJuly 4, 2014
    Old Bird is a surprisingly sweet bourbon based drink.
  • Angela K.
    Angela KamDecember 21, 2013
    Tucked away in the TL but they make some 💣 ass drinks
  • Jorgio C.
    Jorgio CastroOctober 19, 2013
    Waitress here has a serious attitude problem. Be ready if you dare to do things like get your own water.
  • Greg G.
    Greg GioiaOctober 31, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Get a drink like Mom used to make.
  • Abhi J.
    Abhi JayakumarOctober 16, 2016
    Whiskey, bourbon, Scotch
  • Sanketh S.
    Sanketh ShettyJanuary 17, 2016
    Heather in lace is a good whiskey cocktail
  • Rob D.
    Rob DJanuary 23, 2013
    Great drinks and atmosphere!
  • Shirley L.
    Shirley LiuNovember 5, 2012
    Make a reservation for a "snug"/booth!
  • Carina A.
    Carina AndersenMarch 25, 2015
    Sazerac. Always sazerac.
  • Nadège B.
    Nadège BréantOctober 22, 2014
    Best drinks in the city!
  • Alice O.
    Alice OhOctober 16, 2016
    Exotic cocktail is so good.
  • Tommy L.
    Tommy LeepJanuary 24, 2013
    Try Mr Lew's Sazerac. Dayum.
  • Brian H.
    Brian HenryJune 23, 2013
    There are two toilets. A pub in Ireland this size could not function with only two toilets. Conclusion: Americans don't drink very much.
  • Ryan O.
    Ryan OtaDecember 6, 2014
    Try the Ardbeg rinsed Zacapa
  • Nathan S.
    Nathan SampimonSeptember 15, 2014
    Great cocktails
  • Matt S.
    Matt ShofnosNovember 10, 2013
    Caroline is amazing.
  • Hjortur Stefan O.
    Get the molecular.
  • Toby C.
    Toby C.July 7, 2012
    barrel-aged old fashioned. do it
  • Auburn S.
    Auburn SantoJanuary 16, 2014
    Lean back in the banker's chairs like a boss.
  • Elllen B.
    Elllen BOctober 2, 2014
    Real cocktails
  • Nick
    NickSeptember 14, 2013
    Awful inattentive service. List is fussy and confusing for no good reason. Drinks not enough to cancel out the awful experience.
  • Ben L.
    Ben LangholzNovember 13, 2013
    Get a booth
  • Mario E.
    Mario EstradaAugust 25, 2012
    Get an old fashioned :)
  • Travis L.
    Travis LibbyJune 2, 2013
    No hats? Get over yourself, Tradition...
  • Stephan W.
    Stephan WinokurJune 23, 2012
    Get a Sazerac.
  • Matt ⛱.
    Matt ⛱July 6, 2012
    R.I.P. 441 Club
  • Jordan K.
    Jordan KongJanuary 11, 2014
    Bomb ass playlist.
  • Asinine D.
    Asinine DuplicityFebruary 21, 2013
    Count your change
  • Scott W.
    Scott WilsonJuly 6, 2014
    surfer on acid
  • Leif
    LeifDecember 19, 2013
    Pretentious.
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