Comstock Saloon

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Details
155 Columbus Ave (at Pacific Ave)
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 617-0073
Cocktail, New American
$ $
Hours
Mon, Sun: 4:00 PM–Midnight Tue–Thu, Sat: 4:00 PM–2:00 AM Fri: Noon–2:00 AM

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  • Get drunk here.
  • This address has housed a bar of some description since 1907, and it feels like it. Think classic cocktails, abundant antiques, some live jazz, and the dress code is, blessedly, Fedora optional.
  • Congratulations, you've found one of Esquire's Best Bars in America. Stand at the bar. Look down. See the tiles? That's a trough, meant to be pissed in. This place is legit. So is the bamboo cocktail.
  • Bartender's Whimsy mmm.
  • A destination for classic cocktails in North Beach.
  • Don't finish the night with the Sazerac.
  • This new bar in a century-old building recalls the wild Barbary Coast red-light district. The bar's signature drink is the city's famous Pisco Punch, made with South American brandy.
  • Order the Pimm's Cup. It's off the cocktail menu, but they do it well here.
  • Pitch a quarter to Emperor Norton.
  • The Cherry Bounce is one of my favorite cocktails in SF. Brilliant. And dangerous.
  • South Side Cocktail
  • Pisco punch with Encanto.
  • Good locally invented cocktails on the menu: Pisco Punch, The Martinez, Hop Toad (Jamaican rum, apricot brandy, lime, & bitters)
  • If you sit at the bar, look down. It's one of the few places in the city with a trough - back in the 49er days men just whipped it out & peed in in the trough, no pesky staggering to the loo!
  • Great Manhattans!
  • Fun fact: Jack Dempsey once worked the door here.
  • Everyone in the dining room shouts at each other as if shouting is the normal conversation tone. Not sure why everyone speaks so loudly, but it's effin loud in here. Maybe I'm grumpy or something.
  • Don't miss the statue of Emperor Norton at the top of the bar or the framed Knights Templar march news clipping in the corner. Legit San Francisco history.
  • Going for Saint's Buck and South Side.
  • Pig and a Biscuit is awesome. Pot Pie is a must. And Barkeep's Whimsey is epic (you give them some direction, i.e. 'i like whiskey' and they make you a whatever drink tickles their fancy).