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Bar Fauna

Located in the deco district of Oakland, Fauna Bar is from the same team as Flora, a full-menu restaurant next door. There's nothing ground-breaking about the cocktails, but you can…

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Churchill

Above all, Churchill is a neighborhood bar that happens to make solid cocktails. There's no rocket science here, just good bartenders, simple drinks and a comfortable room. A ton of…

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Comstock Saloon

Comstock Saloon sits on some old foundations; it was formerly a real Western saloon, and one that still includes the pisser trough from a different century. Maybe more notably, though,…

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Holy Water

Neighborhood bars were never trendy until classic cocktails came back. Now, it's easier than ever for a corner bar in an urbane hood to become the next best drink joint.…

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Hotsy Totsy Club

A rare place that slings great drinks and history needn't be mimicked with ephemera from another era, the Hotsy Totsy Club has been going strong since 1939. Bartenders mix classics and newfangled drinks…

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Rickhouse

Though it's massive and often crowded, Rickhouse seems to turn out dozens upon dozens of drinks each night without breaking a sweat. The bar's name is a reference to the buildings…

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Smuggler’s Cove

A modern day tiki kingdom, Smuggler's Cove has all the trappings of Polynesian paradise: a babbling brook, cocktails in skulls and rum, lots of rum. Martin Cate's tropical paradise is…

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Trick Dog

The superstar of San Francisco's cocktail scene, Trick Dog is a cocktail bar, neighborhood joint and solid kitchen all in the same two-story building. Each season the menu concept changes with…