Rye

Cocktail Bar / Lounge
Rye Tucked near the border of affluent Nob Hill and the decidedly non-affluent Tenderloin, Rye is a cozy cocktail lounge with a name alluding to whiskey but a menu far more generous to gin. San Francisco United States 37.786566 -122.414589
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Rye - Cocktail Bar | Lounge in San Francisco.
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Party Earth Review Tucked near the border of affluent Nob Hill and the decidedly non-affluent Tenderloin, Rye is a cozy cocktail lounge with a name alluding to whiskey but a menu far more generous to gin. Once inside, well-dressed mixology... ... read full review

  • Metro:

    BART: Powell
    MUNI F Line: Market Street & 5th Street

  • Phone:

    415-474-4448

  • Links:

  • Hours:

    M–F 5:30pm–2am, Sa–Su 7pm–2am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Rye Review

The Scene

Tucked near the border of affluent Nob Hill and the decidedly non-affluent Tenderloin, Rye is a cozy cocktail lounge with a name alluding to whiskey but a menu far more generous to gin.

Tucked near the border of affluent Nob Hill and the decidedly non-affluent Tenderloin, Rye is a cozy cocktail lounge with a name alluding to whiskey but a menu far more generous to gin.

Once inside, well-dressed mixology geeks order gimlets crafted with great care, and newbies learn fast that the small sunken bar is not a place intended for a quick drink. Often packed with blazer- and jeans-clad young professionals who know to ask about the latest intricately designed beverage specials, hipsters and prepsters alike can also order a can of beer without fear of scorn.

Little adorns the main room’s walls save for a large chalkboard in back, which is always free reign for creative types looking to compose witty sayings or temporary art above the complimentary vintage pool table.

Couples and small groups canoodle on leather ottomans and around low candlelit tables in the adjacent room, where a floor-to-ceiling wine rack covers the entire back wall, while a steel caged patio facing the street offers smokers the rare San Francisco opportunity of lighting up while still technically inside the bar.

With a vast menu of lovingly prepared cocktails and lively crowds of conversational regulars, Rye is an ideal hangout where drink snobs and novice inebriates can come together.

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Tip from Emma:

The menu offers plenty of drinks to choose from, but a signature favorite is The Flash – a delicious mix of gin, cucumber, kiwi, and lemon.

  • Crowd

    Young professionals, mixology buffs, older finance types, and a mix of hipsters, mid-20s to 40s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Free pool table. Playlist of everything from oldies to reggae and rock. Mixology competition and free drinks for the audience one Monday or Sunday a month. Call venue for latest schedule.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    No food. Happy Hour M–F 5–7:30pm.

  • Prices

    Beer $4–$7, wine $8–$13/glass or $30–$45/bottle, cocktails $10+.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual to smart casual: blazers, jeans, jersey dresses, ballet flats.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Whenever there’s a mixology competition, Wednesdays and Thursdays for a less frenetic vibe, and Fridays and Saturdays for a packed scene.

  • Close By

    Edinburgh Castle (950 Geary Street) is a bar inside a castle featuring live music, DJs, movie showings, comedy nights, and even the occasional theatrical performance.

Rye User Reviews

Average rating:
Great Mix, Okay Time
Laryn P. Jun 7, 2013
I've been here a couple times. Here's the jist. I love a good mix of SF and okay some B&T (Bridge and Tunnel) peeps. This place has it. Some fidi slicked back hair guys, gals in Banana Republic, some hipsters. Some techies. Some what look like Marina folk. Then, there's me. Just normal - doesn't do anything crazy (sarcasm!), but likes to have fun. Great crowd. Seating. Great too. The bar itself is beautiful, and has good seating. Then a couch/lounge area behind the bar. Nice ! The two stars come from the bartenders. I wasn't impressed w/ them. They make some mean drinks. Good test for me is making a good ole whiskey drink, old fashioned. One of the best I've had in the city. Cost was not entirely expensive. But, they were unfriendly. To me, a great bar is ambiance, people, drinks, prices, and bartenders. They are the face of the bar, and I think the successful bars have their faces friendly w/ all patrons. Coming from a former bartender, there is code on how you keep the bar, and how you service customers. Didn't quite get it done for me. Also, it's out of the way. By union sq, but not much around it. Many people tend to hop bars around SF - and this place you'll hop here, then possibly to Slide or Ruby Skye? Anyways, check it out, worth going to their happy hour.
Gin Lovers
Rachel G. Dec 11, 2012
Gin lovers of the world unite! My roommate is one of the BIGGEST gin fans out there and this is her go to bar! She loves herself some fancy Hendrick's and tonic, but here she will venture out and try some of the other gins they have to offer, which is a wide range! I am a huge Whiskey fan so I was not happy to walk in and find a place that is a reference to whiskey is all about gin. That did not stop me from coming back though. I had such a good time the first time around that we keep coming back! It's tucked away in the Tenderloin, but we still make the trek out there because of the good service and excellent drinks!
Great if you love gin
Jayson M. Aug 16, 2012
I love gin, so I love Rye (still not sure why they call it that). This is definitely a place for gin-lovers. The basil gimlets are what I want to drink in heaven. It’s a chill spot. Great for conversation or gathering with a few close friends, that sort of thing. Definitely not the place to go if you’re looking for a rager. This area can be a little shady at night, so smokers will be happy to know you can smoke in this cool little cage-like space and not have to go out on the street. Couple tips: First, when it gets busy, expect a solid wait (as in 30 minutes sometimes) for a properly made cocktail. Hey man, it is what it is. Second: The bathrooms are shared. Guys, put the seat down after you leave. Ladies….sorry.
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