Rickhouse

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Rickhouse 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. San Francisco United States 37.7902737 -122.4039084
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Rickhouse - Cocktail Bar | Lounge in San Francisco.
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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

  • Metro:

    BART: Montgomery
    MUNI J, KT, L, M, N Lines: Metro Montgomery Station

  • Phone:

    415-398-2827

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  • Hours:

    M 5pm–2am, Tu–F 3pm–2am, Sa 6pm–2am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Rickhouse Review

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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.

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.

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Tip from Jonah:

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.

  • Crowd

    Mixology lovers, whiskey drinkers, craft beer fans, young financial types, and older business executives, late 20s to late 40s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Live jazz and rockabilly usually on Mondays and Saturdays, otherwise ambient jazz and rock.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    No food. Reservations not accepted.

  • Prices

    Beer $5–$6, wine $10–$13, cocktails $8–$12, punch bowls for 6–8 people $40–$46.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Business casual to trendy: blazers, designer jeans, dress shirts, slacks, heels, flirty tops.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Monday nights for a mellow scene with live jazz, or Saturday nights for live rockabilly and a packed house.

  • Close By

    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.

Rickhouse User Reviews

Average rating:
See and be seen, but don't order a dirty martini
Adrienne Z. Mar 25, 2013
This is another of the fancy mixology bars that San Francisco does so well. Owned by the same group that brought you Bourbon and Branch, Swig, Tradition, Local Edition, and Cask Store, Rickhouse is par for the course: tasty drinks that will take the bartender about five minutes to make, and you'll pay $10+ for a cocktail, but it's pretty much the place to go for the startup happy hour crowd. It's a large space with several bars and an upstairs, where bartenders wear suspenders and play to the speakeasy era decorations and brick interior. The cocktail list is extensive and impressive, featuring innovative cocktails and an excellent whiskey selection, and the fidi neighborhood much more welcoming than some of the group's sister bars in the heart of the Tenderloin. However, if you go on a weekday for happy hour, leave lots of time- each bar is often several people deep, and since the complicated cocktails are labor-intensive and time consuming, don't expect to leave with a buzz. This is not the bar for the PBR or vodka-tonic crowd either- when my friend ordered a dirty martini, the vested bartender replied snobbily, "we don't do dirty martinis." Some others commented on this being a good atmosphere for a date, which I could see later in the evening, but during peak happy hour time the bar is far too loud and crowded to be a good place for any kind of extended conversation. Bottom line: this is a cool, happening spot with an upscale crowd, great for one drink with coworkers or to impress out of town friends, but definitely not the chill happy hour spot for anyone with a time crunch or financial limitations. Or lovers of the dirty martini.
Mixology
Rachel G. Dec 11, 2012
Probably one of the coolest bars / lounges I have ever been to. Something about the inside is so intriguing. This would be a GREAT place to take a first date or even a second one! This place has a wonderful ambiance inside and is quite homey. Even though the crowd is much older than me I didn't feel out of place or un-welcomed. I love myself a creative cocktail and this is the go to place for mixologists. I get the same sort of feel when I go into Bourbon and Branch. Though the same owners own these two bars, I get a different type of ambiance from each one. I suggest this to dates and friends alike!
Nice cozy hangout
Tammi Y. Sep 18, 2012
Nice lounge. I've come here with coworkers, friends, on date nights, and it's got a great ambiance and a nice selection of drinks as well. It can be hard to find a spot, but we usually venture over upstairs and find some seating there. It does get loud, and the lighting is so dim so I almost tripped down the stairs in my high heels while holding a beer! This is a popular spot for the locals and startup crowd in San Francisco and a nice place to unwind. if you like this place also check out Local Edition, I believe they are owned by the same people and it's awesome as well!
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