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83 Proof

Map & Directions 83 First St.
San Francisco, CA 94105
  • Mon-Tue 2pm-12am, Wed-Thu 2pm-2am, Fri 12pm-2am, Sat 8pm-2am
  • Patio/Sidewalk Dining


SF Weekly's Description

This is a bar that takes its cocktails very seriously. The bartenders are alchemist savants, thumbing through their comprehensive knowledge of spirits and herbs, veggies, and fruits to design your perfect drink. You tell them what flavors you like and they'll build a cocktail to match. Throwing some muscle into it, they'll work the pestle to mash up fresh ingredients such as strawberries for a jalapeƱo vodka mix. Each bartender has his or her specialty: some favor rum, some whiskey or scotch, but all are friendly, unpretentious, and incredibly attentive. They love what they do, spending time to explain the flavors as well as the bar's history. The building has a bit of S.F. folklore and notoriety tied to it: it was a Chinese triad bar that got closed down for over 10 years following a violent shootout, and prior to that it was a longshoreman's bar. The original 1936 flooring remains.

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  • Nirav S. on 08/16/09

    Second the baisel gimlet.

  • Erik M. on 05/23/11

    Try the basil gimlet.

  • John C. on 05/26/09

    try "the last word". its a gin drink from Hemmingway. yum

  • Susan L. on 08/15/11

    the bartenders here actually earn the title of 'mixologist'. they work some serious magic.

  • Charles H. on 04/28/09

    Go to 83 Proof and have the bulleit manhattan. one of the best in SF.

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