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July 13, 2015

Three More Bars in SOMA You Need to Drink at Right Now

South of Market has an extremely vibrant nightlife. Most of San Francisco’s nightclubs are located here and it is also home to many bars. While it’s hard to narrow down the field, if you’re looking for a fun place with great drinks, here are three more spots you need to check out while visiting. 

Alchemist Bar & Lounge (679 3rd St.)
Alchemist is tucked away on the second floor of a building around the corner from the ballpark. This makes it feel a little bit like a speakeasy and the Steampunk décor promotes that. The space has a loft-like feel, which will make you feel even more as if you stumbled into someone’s private party. Swanky as the Alchemist might be, this place is very serious about its cocktails. Ingredients are sourced from Chinese herbalists and artisan purveyors. As such, the drinks are stellar. Just tell the bartender which liquor you want as your base and let the fun begin.

Dirty Water (1355 Market St.)
Dirty Water is on the ground floor of the Twitter building, across from The Market, San Francisco’s latest gourmet epicenter. The space is open and industrial and it looks great during the day or when the sun goes down. And this is perfect as there are so many delicious drinks offered that you might want to make your choice based on the time of day: vodka in the afternoon, whiskey at night. Or not. Although it is still very new to San Francisco, Dirty Water has nailed its cocktail program and also has an extensive cheese selection and small plates, so be prepared for a long hang out, possibly from day into night.

Monarch (101 6th St.)
Upstairs, Monarch is a bar and one of the most stylish you’ll find in SOMA with plenty of throw back pieces from different eras that seamlessly match. There are a few little nooks for chats with friends but the place has a lively vibe. And, if lively is what you want, check out the downstairs club featuring popular DJ’s most nights. Not least, the drinks are killer with several original cocktails such as the Monkey Wrench, a tequila based cocktail that goes down way too easily. However, you can order a Jack and Coke without getting any “holier than thou” attitude from the bartenders. It’s the real deal and there are “Amazing Hour” drink specials 5:30–7:30, with various forms of entertainment and festivities.

Photo by Thomas Hawk /  CC BY-NC


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