Bar / Speakeasy
Party Earth Review The word “speakeasy” may be bantered about a lot, but Bourbon & Branch has the distinction of operating in a location that actually was one – in the form of JJ Russell's Cigar Shop – from 1921 to 1933. Much like in its heyday, the venue still sports an unmarked door, requires a password ... more
501 Jones Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
Cocktail Bar / Speakeasy
Party Earth Review A covert bar inside another bar, The Hideout is a classy alternative to the neighboring dives that dominate 16th Street, including Dalva, the very one it’s hidden behind. Small groups of young professionals plow through the long room that makes up Dalva, past the horse painting and projection screen showing silent films ... more
3121 16th Street
San Francisco CA 94110
There is something about San Francisco speakeasies that makes everything from a dashing date to a come-hither cocktail a little more intriguing. Everything is sexier if it’s whispered like a secret. And slipped between the San Francisco shadows are some of the most stylish sipping spots in the city – you just have to know where to look.
First up is the infamous Bourbon and Branch in the Tenderloin, which boasts a devoted throw-back vibe complete with a password-only entrance, a labyrinth of secret serpentine passages, and staffers in authentic 1920s couture. Reservations are a must, especially if you want to peruse the uber-cozy (and elite) Library Room.
Serving as a nice non-divey option in the heart of the Mission, the Hideout at Dalva offers a chic and sultry speakeasy space, tucked behind the equestrian scene and the projection screen – and that moonlights as a bathroom entrance. Blood-red banquettes and dim lights have retro revelers imbibing in intimate intrigue.
The Vortex Room in SoMa is the height of well done kitsch. Eccentric, unassuming, and unabashedly strange in its offerings, this diminutive venue offers wonderfully bad B movies in a hard-to-find location on Howard Street. Films hailing from the 60s to the 80s make their way into the Vortex and onto the cortex of popcorn munchin’, bourbon swillin’ party-goers. The Vortex room has a full bar, but BYOB is welcome too. Illicit never tasted so salty. Or sweet.
Speakeasies in San Francisco are everything they should be -- sultry, shadowy and brimming with hush-hush hoopla.