5 places for cocktails in a luxe setting in San Francisco
1) The Big 4
This place has retained its old world charm and has the ambiance of a gentlemen’s club. In fact, The Big 4 is a nod to four legendary men of the Pacific Coast railroad history who lived in lavish mansions surrounding the restaurant. Dress sharp. There is a dress-code for dinner, but it’s more casual in the lounge.
2) Commons Club
Find this lavish bar within the Virgin Hotel lobby and enjoy cocktails and meals within its opulent rooms, filled with leather and velvet seating. It’s every bit of style you would expect from the Virgin Group. Floor-to-ceiling windows further light up the space and exquisite chandeliers drip from the ceiling.
3) The Saratoga
Snag a seat at the stunning back-lit bar at this chic, bi-level cocktail lounge and restaurant in the Tenderloin. The cocktail menu includes a great variety of highballs, barreled, bottled, shaken and stirred recipes, as well as an impressive 100 dollar ‘Cocktail Bill’ Boothby Bowl to be shared amongst a group.
4) Cold Drinks Bar
There is no visible sign, so upon arrival head up the steps and follow the bats to this hidden cocktail cave. You’ll feel as if you stepped into another era with its vintage glam vibe and tuxedo-clad bartenders. The menu focuses on scotches and scotch cocktails. Their signature drink is an Old Fashioned with duck fat.
You’ll feel as if you stepped into the 1920s in this fine establishment, though it really opened in 1988. It’s tucked within the old brick buildings of the Barbary Coast enclave. Belly up to the mural-scaped bar, get seated for dinner on the floor or balcony, and watch live jazz performances nightly.
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