Have a sip of your favorite cocktail and stay warm at the same time at these cozy watering holes:
Swig, 561 Geary St., (415) 931-7292
Unlike most, the fireplace at Swig actually has plenty of seating around it. Order a glass of Scotch from the huge selection, and get in and out before the DJs arrive.
Lion Pub, 2062 Divisadero St., (415) 567-6565
In this low-lit bar, relax with helpings of their daily spread of cheese and crackers and a cocktail (made with fresh-squeezed juices) by the roaring fire after a long day at the office.
Cask popped up quietly, though spirits junkies and bartenders around town have been awaiting its opening for some time. The specialty spirits and bartender-supply shop opened by the good folks who have given us Bourbon and Branch, Swig, and Anu, seems slightly out of place next to the Subway sandwich joint at Third and Market (17 Third St is the exact address), but once you pass under its burnished wooden sign, you enter a world away from the big corporate retailers that otherwise populate most of the area.