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Top 10 Whiskey Bars In San Francisco

Because talking about real estate ad nauseam gets boring, and we can all use a good Bourbon from time to time, I decided to do a top 10 Favorite locales to enjoy Whiskey/Bourbon in San Francisco. Get at it!

Whiskey, the brown liquid brimming with magical properties, is one of the best liquors around. If you agree and happen to be moving to the Bay Area then you’re in for a treat, because the city has some excellent whiskey-heavy haunts that should please even the snottiest of liquor snobs. If you’re in the mood for chatting with somebody over a smooth glass of single malt, then consider checking out the following 10 places.

Bourbon and Branch

Bourbon and Branch is one of the more unique venues in Tenderloin. It’s easy to fall in love with this place because of its prohibition theme, secret passwords, hidden rooms, costumed mixologists and an exclusive, speakeasy atmosphere. Plus, they have a modest collection of uncommon and rare liquors, and some of the best mixed drinks around.

Hours: Mon-Sat 6 pm – 2 am
Neighborhood: Civic Center / Tenderloin
Website: bourbonandbranch.com

Nihon Whiskey Lounge

If you’re looking for an intimate encounter with your glass of whiskey, then Nihon is the place to go. This Japanese-style whiskey haunt has one of the largest selections of single malt on the West Coast, and some good food to go alongside it. Plus, if you feel like one glass of special liquor isn’t enough, you can buy an entire bottle which gets put in a private locker until you return.

Hours: Tue-Sat 5:30 pm – 1:30 am
Neighborhood: Mission
Website: dajanigroup.net/establishments/nihon-whisky-lounge

Rickhouse

There is a reason GQ put Rickhouse on its best whiskey bars in the country 2013 list: it’s amazing. It’s the go-to haunt for an after work drink, particularly if you’re lucky enough to snag a seat at the bar. This place breathes whiskey, from its 300 Kentucky-imported barrels that make up the ceiling staves, to the walls in the back which are inspired by prohibition era distilleries.

Hours: Mon-Sat 6 pm – 2 am
Neighborhood: FiDi
Website: rickhousebar.com

Tradition

Another Bourbon and Branch whiskey house, this place is a wonderful stop, if for nothing more than they age their own barrels on the second floor. Plus, the place boasts more than 80 different cocktails, a knowledgeable staff and a traditional drinking atmosphere.

Hours: Mon-Sat 6 pm – 2 am
Neighborhood: Tenderloin
Website: tradbar.com

83 Proof

The signless 83 Proof is a wonderful bar, if you can find it. This hidden gem is quite literally hidden. It has no signage and it’s rather hard to find unless you know where you’re looking, which means the lounge is not nearly as crowded as its other popular counterparts.

Hours: Tue-Sat 2 pm – 2 am
Neighborhood: SOMA
Website: 83proof.com

Hard Water

If you’re craving rare bourbon and don’t mind being squished in this tiny hole-in-the-wall haunt, the Hard Water is where you want to be. This NOLA-themed place has the best options for rare bourbon by the flight in the city.

Hours: Mon-Sat 5 pm – 12 am
Neighborhood: Embarcadero
Website: hardwaterbar.com

Whiskey Thieves

If you’re looking for a more casual environment to enjoy your whiskey in, then Whiskey Thieves is the place to be. It boasts a relaxed, but substantial option of liquors, pool tables, jukeboxes, and affordable prices.

Hours: Mon-Fri 1 pm – 2 am; Sat-Sun 12 pm – 2 am
Neighborhood: Civic Center / Tenderloin
Website: Yelp Profile

Bloodhound

If you need a reprieve from the average yuppie San Francisco bar, then Bloodhound is your best bet. It’s themed as a country western lodge with leather sets, exposed wooden beams, hunting apparel decorating the walls and Edison light bulbs. The liquor selection is massive, and the pool table and old school jukebox finish off the rugged touch.

Hours: Mon-Sun 4 pm – 2 am
Neighborhood: SOMA
Website: bloodhoundsf.com

Swig

If you’re in the mood for a classy atmosphere to enjoy your glass of whiskey, then look no further than Swig. In the colder seasons the bar offers a pleasant fire to cozy up to, and an impressive selection of more than 150 whiskeys that span 80 years. The prices are not cheap, but it’s worth the splurge now and then.

Hours: Mon-Thu 4 pm – 1:30 pm; Fri-Sat 2 pm – 1:30 pm; Sun 5 pm – 1:30 pm
Neighborhood: Civic Center / Tenderloin
Website: swigbar.com

The Alembic

The Alembic is a small, tucked away narrow room that has an overwhelming list of excellent liquor choices. The bar specializes in getting you the perfect glass of bourbon, single malt scotch, American whiskey and Irish whiskey. If you’re feeling for something a little less straight forward, then try the new school and old school mixed options to liven things up.

Hours: Mon-Sun 12 pm – 2 am
Neighborhood: Haight Ashbury
Website: alembicbar.com

And of course, if you need a comrade, I’m a quick text message away.

Cheers!

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We Just Beat The Closest Comp By $200,000

I’m pleased to announce my clients have successfully sold their Richmond District top floor condominium for $1,200,000 (listed at $949,000), or as I like to point out, $200,000 more than the most recent, closest competitor property on 26th Ave that listed almost the same day as we did.

It’s no coincidence we knocked it out of the park. It was strategy, patience, perseverance, and knowing how to finesse each offer (we received five) to their highest and best without them walking away. Congratulations to my clients that just set the bar for Central Richmond condos – the last area of the city you can still find a deal. Let the migration begin.

-741 18th Ave, Top Floor, 2+ bedroom, 1.5 bath, 2 parking, Richmond District Condo, listed $949,000, sold for $1,200,000. Seller Representation.

Luxury Condos Downtown , Yerba Buena at 16 Jessie

“Best Agent, Bar None, In San Francisco”

Recently, I had the pleasure of representing my client in the sale of his condominium in one of the most sought after locations and buildings in downtown San Francisco. Many people refer to this area as SOMA, some refer to it as FiDi (Financial District), some as the Barbary Coast, and others still as Yerba Buena. Regardless of what you call it, I call it a sale that far exceeded my client’s expectations and set a new price per square foot record in his building of $1233 per square foot. In the end, we received 16 offers, all over asking, and settled 31.31% above asking, and well above any recent comparable sale.

My client was so thrilled, he sent me this wonderful testimonial:

Best agent, bar none, in San Francisco

I had the good fortune of working with Alex Clark of Paragon Real Estate on the recent sale of my condo. Alex is extremely professional yet very personable and possesses a keen knowledge of the San Francisco real estate market. My unit was listed for only 11 days and received 16 excellent offers all well over the asking price.
If you are contemplating selling or buying in San Francisco, Alex Clark is a must in your strategy.

A VERY satisfied client.
-Peter

Many people will chalk this up as simply a sign of the times, but there is an art to garnering tremendous interest, multiple offers, and ultimately a successful, new high water mark sale. It also helps to have your property listed here on the most popular San Francisco Real Estate blog, so it can get press on the more most popular Curbed SF real estate blog. Buyers are online, that’s where I am, and that’s where your property will be.

Congratulations on your sale Peter, and all the success and good times in New York City. I’m definitely jealous of that one way ticket.

-Battle Royale: San Francisco or New York City, If You Had To Choose (Over 100 comments on the matter) [theFrontSteps]
-More Testimonials [theFrontSteps/Alexander Clark]
-Recent Transaction [theFrontSteps/Alexander Clark]
-1 Ecker (16 Jessie) Hits The Market, Monday Open House Was Packed [theFrontSteps]
-A Slice of 1 Ecker Can Be Yours For $495,000 [Curbed SF]

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“It’s Not Everyday You Trust A Realtor To Buy A Home Sight Unseen”

Happy Holidays to all of you, and congratulations to some more happy clients on their purchase of one awesome San Francisco property!
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Our search for a home in San Francisco started after reading Alex’s site TheFrontSteps.com. We were impressed with his insight into the market and his interest in finding a property that fit our needs. Due to a job transfer, we had limited time to search for property and even less time to actually see what was available. Through many phone calls, text messages, and emails, Alex gave us a solid understanding of neighborhoods, prices, and how to make a competitive bid. It’s not everyday you trust a realtor enough to buy a home sight unseen, but Alex found us the perfect property! Alex listened to our needs and interests and found a home for us that we love, in a neighborhood that fits our lifestyle. And, did I mention that we did all this in less than 30 days? Thanks, Alex!

You’re so very welcome Kris, and you can’t imagine the relief I felt when you told me you loved the place! I was sweatin’ for days!

-More Testimonials Of The Service I Can Provide [Alexander Clark, theFrontSteps & Paragon Real Estate]

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When Buying Luxury High Rise Property In Downtown San Francisco

I would like to thank my agent Alex Clark for his excellent and hard work in the past year for finding me the right place in this competitive market. My property just closed about one week ago, and I’m thrilled! I approached Alex over one year ago in search of a condo in downtown San Francisco. I had very specific and narrow requirements for the type of unit that I was looking for. I am a very busy professional with a challenging travel and work schedule. Alex was focused and determined to find me the right place with the right price. His swift approach and tireless work ethic helped me to secure the unit that meets all of my specs. He should be top of mind for anyone who would like to find a high-end piece of real estate in the city by the Bay. Alex is THE go-to-agent to have for your new home purchase!!!

Louisa L. Zhao Dresser M.D.
Attending Physician of Dept. of Internal Medicine
CPMC, California Pacific Medical Center
Sutter Healthcare System, San Francisco

Thanks Louisa! I’m glad it all worked out, and I appreciate you and your business. Hi to your parents, and lemme know when is da pool party!

-More Testimonials [Alexander Clark]

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“We Received Multiple Offers On Our Condo And Closed Escrow In 5 Days!” 16 Jessie a.k.a 1 Ecker

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From a recent seller represented transaction, in which we not only secured an all cash offer close in five days, but my clients are renting the property back, sold the furniture, and received $1000 worth of wine from the buyer. Bam!

Mike and I wanted to share our experience with our phenomenal realtor Alex Clark. From the get go, Alex knew we had a time crunch and was on the ball from day one. With his network of contacts, his social media outlets, and getting us on the front page of SFgate – we received multiple offers on our condo and closed escrow in five days with an all cash offer that was well over asking! We would highly recommend Alex for all your San Francisco real estate needs!
-Mike and Joe

I can do the same for you, but no guarantees on the wine.

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-Bay Area Loft Conversions: New Life For Old Buildings [SF Gate]