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#37 Alembic (San Francisco, California)

The intimate neighborhood bar Alembic has become an iconic San Francisco destination. Known for its hospitality, creative new-school cocktails, expertly prepared classics, local beers on tap, and strong whiskey selection, Alembic hits all the right notes. The California bar, built from the old bleachers of Kezar Stadium, is packed with patrons sipping craft cocktails like the Southern Exposure (a spin on the classic South Side, with gin, fresh mint, lime juice, sugar, and fresh celery juice) and the Brown Butter old fashioned (brown butter washed bourbon on the rocks with a couple of dashes of roasted sugar and bitters). There are nine house cocktails to try as well as several seasonal cocktails, including the Farmer's Market smash with locally sourced fruits and herbs. The modern food menu, which changes seasonally, features small plates like truffle cream deviled eggs, sausage and sage Scotch egg, and roasted bone marrow. The bar recently completed a makeover and expansion that warms the space with intimate lighting, comfy booth seating, and plenty of nooks to curl up in.

 

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