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Gin Makes a Major Comeback

New bars and local makers laud the classic spirit.

5 Frozen Cocktails to Beat the Indian Summer Heat

Save yourself some sweat with these delish drinks.

Fifth Floor Mixes High Design with Happy Hour

Fifth Floor Cocktails

You may eat with your eyes first, but at Fifth Floor—a restaurant known for visually striking New American cuisine—bar manager Brian Means and pastry chef Francis Ang make sure you drink with them too.

Hot Cocktails to Get You Through the Rest of Winter

Hot Drinks

Meet seven of the city’s best hot cocktails that'll thaw the chill and warm the soul.

Three New Watering Holes Refining the Lowbrow Bar

High Dive

As the Bay Area cocktail revolution sloshes on, dive bars are becoming stomping grounds for off-duty bartenders seeking refuge far from the velvet ropes, secret passwords, and home-brewed infusions that often seem obtuse even to the cocktail vanguard. With their cheap, strong drinks and gritty vibes, these neighborhood holes-in-the-wall are in stark contrast to the 
restaurants and stylish lounges—we can thank the likes of The Slanted Door, Beretta, Bar Agricole, and Bourbon & Branch—that have pioneered the craft cocktail movement and elevated our liquid palates.

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