Party Earth Review Smack-dab in the middle of a neighborhood better known for its high-end shopping and big-name corporations, Rickhouse is an artisanal cocktail lounge that caters to both demanding mixology nerds and overworked financial... ... read full review
246 Kearny Street
San Francisco, CA 94108
MUNI J, KT, L, M, N Lines: Metro Montgomery Station
M 5pm–2am, Tu–F 3pm–2am, Sa 6pm–2am
Downtown / Financial District, San Francisco –
Smack-dab in the middle of a neighborhood better known for its high-end shopping and big-name corporations, Rickhouse is an artisanal cocktail lounge that caters to both demanding mixology nerds and overworked financial types.
Business people find after-work solace in the extensive drinks menu, either with regular favorites like a shot of Russell’s Reserve or with the delicately crafted specials, perfect for sipping under the whiskey-barrel ceiling. Freshly squeezed juices and bottles of premium scotch and bourbon are prominently displayed along the main bar’s expansive shelves, but the vest- and suspender-clad bartenders serve just as often from a large – and simpler to prepare – beer selection.
Couples retreat to the back for a more intimate setting, relaxing in an intimate lounge area near the fireplace and second smaller bar, while anyone looking for even more privacy and a sweet view of the Western saloon-style layout can pop up to the cozy mezzanine.
By 8pm, the steady trickle of business execs gives way to a surge of whiskey-loving hipsters vying for an obscure concoction, with the rowdiest groups opting for punch bowls, a popular powerhouse of fresh fruit and pisco brandy.
The term “rick house” is traditionally used to describe a place where bourbon is stored for aging, but in Downtown San Francisco, Rickhouse is where young and stylish denizens go for old-timey cocktails and old-fashioned fun.
Like what you’re drinking? Many of the artisanal spirits behind the bar can be purchased at Cask, which is owned by the same folks behind both Rickhouse and Bourbon & Branch. The store is just across Market Street at 17 3rd Street.
Mixology lovers, whiskey drinkers, craft beer fans, young financial types, and older business executives, late 20s to late 40s.
Live jazz and rockabilly usually on Mondays and Saturdays, otherwise ambient jazz and rock.
No food. Reservations not accepted.
Beer $5–$6, wine $10–$13, cocktails $8–$12, punch bowls for 6–8 people $40–$46.
Business casual to trendy: blazers, designer jeans, dress shirts, slacks, heels, flirty tops.
Monday nights for a mellow scene with live jazz, or Saturday nights for live rockabilly and a packed house.
Tunnel Top (601 Bush Street) offers a more casual scene with DJs spinning African and Latin-inspired hip-hop on one floor and muted movies projected on the walls of another.