Hidden Cocktail Lounges & Speakeasies of Union Square & SOMA

San Francisco, CA

  • Bartenders in suspenders and vests from 1850s pioneer days are ready to make you a stiff drink.
  • The Mass Appeal (vodka, elderflower, grapefruit bitters, ginger beer, lime and batavia arrack) and Crown Jewel (pisco, rum, strawberry kaffir gomme, hibiscus, lime).
  • The bartenders stay busy.
  • La Bonne Vie (Plymouth gin, lemon & grapefruit juice, basil and bitters) and a Kentucky Buck (strawberry infused Kentucky bourbon, lemon, ginger beer).
  • A beautiful rustic shelf of whiskey and bourbon.
  • A refreshing cocktail at Hawthorn.
  • The Peabody: tequila, lemon, serrano-chili syrup, cucumber juice and a habanero tincture.
  • An assortment of cocktails at Local Edition.
  • Find the hidden-in-plain-sight entrance to Local Edition on Market St.
  • The daily Punch on tap at Novela.
  • The scene at Novela.

3 hours
0.7 mi
Guided by Dave
Dave Hotchkiss


In a town filled with inventive hipster bartenders, each neighborhood has its own collection of cocktail bars and hidden speakeasies. This jaunt will reveal five hidden establishments in the Union Square & SOMA neighborhoods. Prepare for a journey through the Gold Rush, Jazz Age, glory days of journalism and more. It should go without saying that this is a 21+ crawl. And of course, drink responsibly!

About Your Guide

Dave has lived in the Mission District for years and has explored his fair share of culinary establishments, from Michelin-starred kitchens to taco stands on the side of the road.

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Guide Points

  1. Burritt Room + Tavern

    There are deliberate reasons why this is a smart first stop on the cocktail crawl:

  2. Rickhouse

    Rickhouse has a 1850s gold rush flair, from the wall made from reclaimed wood and used bourbon barrels to the bartenders in dapper suspende…

  3. Hawthorn

    Timing is of the essence when it comes to Hawthorn. In the earlier part of the evening, Hawthorn is a 1930s speakeasy with expertly crafte…

  4. Local Edition

    Hidden in the basement of Local Edition, you'll find a dark cabaret filled with candle-lit marble tables, dark corners and vintage typewrit…

  5. Novela

    Novela is a hip, literary themed cocktail bar that is simultaneously fun, clever, ironic and at times overreaching. The decor is that of a …

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    1. C E (Solpics)

    Nov 29, 2018

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