Best Bloody Marys in San Francisco

March 14, 2017
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by Zagat Staff

From a Bloody Mary with bacon-infused vodka to a Japanese version with sake and wasabi, check out some of the most creative takes on the classic brunch cocktail.

Nopalito
Mexican · Inner Sunset · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.2

"Elevated Mexican food" is the lure at these Nopa spin-offs in the Panhandle and Inner Sunset where the "organic-driven" menu wins kudos from its "hipster and foodie" fan bases (it’s decidedly "not your rice-and-beans crowd" ); "reasonable" tabs and a "major coolness" factor make the "no-reservations" policy more tolerable.
Park Tavern
Gastropub · North Beach
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.3

Go for dinner and "stay for the people-watching" at this "trendy" tavern touted for its "iconic" North Beach location and "delicious" New American menu; it's "not cheap" and the "lovely" , wood-beamed digs can get "noisy" , but "smooth" service and a "lively" bar scene fueled by "on-point" cocktails make it perfect for a "group celebration."
Twenty Five Lusk
New American · China Basin · $$$
Food 4.2 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.1

"Tucked away in a quiet SoMa alley" , this ultra- "modern" American duplex provides a "tasty" seasonal menu along with "spot-on" cocktails and a "happening" bar scene; ok, it's "pricey" , but "smooth" service, "stunning" looks and a "rock-star" ambiance make this "trendy" package one of the most "fashionable" destinations in town.
St. Mary's Pub
Pub · Bernal Heights

The owners “have done a lot to upgrade this fun neighborhood bar” in Bernal Heights, sprucing it up with tufted red banquettes, pinball and a jukebox; whether you “try any of the mixed-drink specials” (including several Bloody Mary variations available on Saturdays and Sundays) or play pool in the back, it’s a “friendly” , affordable locale to “take a breather while enjoying the mood” of the mellow neighborhood.
Zeitgeist
American · SoMa · $

“Hop on your fixie” and join the “colorful crowd” – heavy on “hipsters and bike messengers” – at this “legendary” “punk-style biergarten” in the Mission where “outdoor seating at long tables encourages you to meet others” ; their “killer Bloody Marys” are “perfect for curing your hangover or creating one” , and the “inexpensive” drafts are also popular, though you might “get your beer by the pitcher” so as to avoid the “surly bartenders.”
The Elite Cafe
Southern American · Lower Pacific Heights · $$

After a refresh by the Sidecar Hospitality team (Pacific Cocktail Haven, Schroeder's), this Pacific Heights mainstay serves an updated menu of New Orleans–inspired fare along with wine and refined cocktails for dinner and weekend brunch. The lively interior skews classic with mahogany booths, black and white tile, a marble bar and art deco accents.