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The Alembic

Bars, Cocktail bars Upper Haight
4 out of 5 stars
Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/ Jennifer Yin Alembic

The Alembic has been showing up on best cocktail bar lists since its opening more than a decade ago. These days the bar is a little larger than it once was, the booths a little more comfortable, but while there have been some changes to the menu over time, the Alembic still crafts the same high quality drinks that made them famous in the first place. In addition to fresh takes on classics like the Old Fashioned (theirs is made with brown butter washed bourbon and roasted sugar), The Alembic uses a variety of ingredients like bee pollen and fennel rarely seen on other drink menus. For something bright and bold, try the purple hued Abracadabra made with lillet blanc, singani 63, kiwi, lemon and lime, simple syrup and butterfly pea flower.

By: Shoshi Parks


Venue name: The Alembic
Address: 1725 Haight St
San Francisco
Cross street: at Cole St
Opening hours: Tue 4pm-midnight;, Wed-Fri 4pm-2am; Sat 12pm-2am; Sun 12pm-12am
Transport: Metro to Carl and Cole/bus 7 or 71
Price: $20–$25
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I had two completely different cocktails here and they were equally amazing.  The Mount Aso is an incredibly refreshing drink (perfect for the warm weather) and the One-Eyed Jack will make you want to post up on a beach immediately. My one regret is that I didn't get the chance to eat here - something I'll definitely do the next time I'm there.