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

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
  2. Rickhouse
  3. Hawthorn
  4. Local Edition
  5. Novela

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