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With another year behind us, now is the perfect time to take stock of some of the newly opened bars in San Francisco. This year has seen a changing landscape in the bar scene and an evolution towards more personalized experiences. San Franciscans can enjoy a night out on the town doing everything from sipping a completely customized cocktail to learning the ins and outs of how the beer they are sipping was crafted. Here are five of the best new bars in San Francisco that opened in 2015.
701 Haight St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
Located in the Haight, Black Sands Brewery is crafted around the concept that “beer is for sharing.” The open-concept brewery uses this to make every aspect of beer making, drinking and sharing accessible to the public. Imbibers, diners and beer makers alike can enjoy frequently changing food and drink offerings that often reflect the seasons or unusual tastes. Brew options could include everything from the house coffee milk stout Oil As Embers to guest sour ale or pils. For those looking to learn the craft themselves, make sure to check out the fully stocked homebrew store.
3193 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
The Old Bus Tavern is a neighborhood restaurant brewpub located at Valencia and Mission. The Tavern dishes up modern American food, while the bar offers a complete selection of house made beer, local craft beer and cocktails. Beer connoisseurs will enjoy sampling the Old Bus Tavern’s Rye-noplasty IPA, Lemon Basil Saison or Sour Saison. Cocktail lovers might sip the Dirty Buddha’s Hand combination of gin, vanilla, vermouth and Buddha’s Hand, or the cranberry, pear and pisco mixture of the Pearodactyl. For those who can’t decide, the bar offers a selection of boilermakers combining the best into a number of beer cocktails.
1355 Market St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
Situated inside the Twitter building on Market, Dirty Water caters to the high-end spirit lover. The restaurant menu is meat-heavy Paleo inspired, while the bar holds 52 taps that may include anything from seasonal pumpkin beer and cider to kombucha and saison. The extensive wine list includes a large number of offerings by the glass, as well as a large selection of sparkling wines and wine flights. Cocktails run the gamut from the classic to more modern such as the brunch menu Green Bloody Mary to the mushroom-infused Long Strange Trip.
600 Polk St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
Replete with Victorian subway décor and a steampunk vibe, Whitechapel is the Tenderloin’s newest gin-centric bar. The bar boasts over 400 different types of gin and offers all manner of gin cocktails from the classic martini and gin and tonics to shared gin punch bowls and tasting flights. Gin lovers will truly be in heaven with 17 pages of gin cocktails on the menu, as well as gin and tonics on tap. Round out an evening of libations with a bite steak and oyster pie or fish and chips from the English and Dutch-inspired menu.
555 Golden Gate Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94102
The Empire Room is one of San Francisco’s newer nightclub hot spots. This lounge and event space is situated on the site of a former Trader Vic’s and includes an upscale bar and dining area. Patrons will enjoy personalized service, as the bar prides itself on bespoke cocktails tailored to each customer. A regular food menu is slated for the future and there are currently frequent visits from local food trucks. Note that the bar is currently cash only.