5 secret speakeasy bars in San Francisco

1) Marianne's

Book ahead to access this small hidden bar named after Mick Jagger’s famous ex, Marianne Faithfull. The decor is inspired by her 1960s bohemian style and there is ambient music and card games to entertain you. Cocktails and caviar service are on the menu.

San Francisco - Marianne's

2) Linden Room

The entrance is down an alley with an unmarked door – a bit hard to find if you don’t know what you’re looking for. To help guide you, it’s located behind Nightbird restaurant. The tiny bar seats no more than a dozen people and it serves some superb cocktails.

San Francisco - Linden Room

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3) Bourbon & Branch / Wilson and Wilson Private Detective Agency

Make a reservation to get the password to enter this establishment tucked away in the Tenderloin. Once in, you’ll be greeted and seated in one of the ‘secret’ booth rooms to begin your cocktail experience. If you don’t have a reservation, you can enter around the corner to access their public bar called The Library.

interior of cocktail bar Bourbon & Branch

4) Cold Drinks Bar

There is no visible sign, so upon arrival head up the steps and follow the bats to this lounge on the second level. With its vintage glam vibe and tuxedo-clad bartenders, you’ll feel as if you stepped into another era. The menu focuses on scotches and scotch cocktails, and their signature drink is an old-fashioned blended with duck fat.

interior of Cold Drinks Bar

at: China Live, 644 Broadway

+1 415 788 8188


5) The Pawn Shop

First you’ll need to look for something that resembles a pawn shop. Once you find it, you’ll need to interact with the pawn master – having an interesting story or something unique to pawn or sell will help. If all goes well, you’ll be let into the hidden tapas bar inside. The experience is fun and the food and drinks are delicious.

flashy interior of The Pawn Shop cocktail bar

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