The Alembic

Bars, Cocktail bars Haight-Ashbury
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The Alembic
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Neighborhood bar flies, cocktail nerds, foodies and hippies converge at this classic Haight-Ashbury hangout, where funky yellow walls and chalkboard menus foster a relaxed atmosphere. As one of the first pioneers in the San Francisco craft cocktail movement, Alembic serves strong and pitch-perfect drinks using fresh ingredients. Half of the menu is devoted to well-loved classics, like the Sazerac, old-fashioned and French 75. The other half is “new school”—house-devised concoctions that embrace seasonal ingredients with such tipples as the Bait and Switch (a fruity and smoky mix of mescal, Chareau Aloe Liqueur, strawberries, lemon juice, peppercorn syrup and green strawberry bitters) and Southern Exposure (an earthy, easy-to-drink variation on the gin-based Southside that adds fresh celery juice). The knowledgeable, amiable bartenders can help curious drinkers explore new flavors while swiftly supplying regulars with their old standbys.


Venue name: The Alembic
Address: 1725 Haight St
San Francisco

Cross street: between Cole and Shrader Sts
Opening hours: Mon–Fri 4pm–2am; Sat, Sun noon–2am
Transport: Metro to Carl and Cole/bus 7 or 71
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