Photo by Kathrin Miller (Royal Cuckoo)


Rickhouse ($$$)

With 20-foot ceilings made from old bourbon barrel staves, this bar is the perfect backdrop to sample some expertly crafted concoctions. Try La Bonne Vie, a bold mix of Plymouth gin, fresh lemon, grapefruit juice, basil and bitters, or get a group together and ask for a made-to-order punch.

246 Kearny St., 415-398-2827

Royal Cuckoo ($)

Come to this dive-y bar for well-priced drinks, like the zesty ginger beer-and-Brazilian rum. Eclectic yet cozy, the space is lined with wooden booths, mismatched vintage armchairs and mounted animal heads. On most nights, live blues (complete with organ player) keeps the scene hopping.

3202 Mission St., 415-550-8667

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