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February 2019: The mid-century vibe is in fashion right now with two cocktail-slinging Oakland newcomers - Bardo Lounge and Supper Club at #1 and Bar Shiru at #15 - whose retro musical stylings are as delightful as their drinks. If you need a dose of darkly satisfying kitsch, head to our #8 pick, the Tenderloin’s Zombie Village, one of the best of the second-wave tiki bars hitting the city (like our #4 choice, Last Rites)
In recent years experimental mixologists and detail-oriented bartenders have led drinks in the best cocktail bars in San Francisco away from expected combinations and towards complex and surprising drinks layered with artisan spirits and flavorful tinctures. It’s not that martinis and negronis are off the menu, they’re just better, spiked with ingredients like bee pollen, liquid kelp, cedar and crab oil. Here are our picks for 22 bars and restaurants upping the cocktail game in San Francisco right now.
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