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Bourbon and Branch

501 Jones Street, San Francisco, CA

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4.5 out of 5
59 member's reviews
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  • Bourbon and BranchPro 2014
    Hanae
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    3 Mar 21, 2014

    Need to make a reservation to walk in here.

    They act like speakeasy and you won't see the sign from the outside. (it's next to Wilson and Wilson, owned by the same people).

    Inside is super dark and they have a splendid list of cocktails you can try.

    Bona fide lover: vodka with a good honey after taste
    Naughty sundress: SUPER strong martini ish
    Pisco punch: citrus fruity smokey
    Cucumber gimnlette: gin with grape fruity
    Smokey mirror? Old fashion with smokiness

    Overall the experience was interesting but I hated how dark it was in there. They're also connected to The Library bar next door (you can walk through their secret entrance).

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  • Bourbon and BranchAmbassadorPro 2014
    michere
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    3 Nov 15, 2013

    I got on a speakeasy kick after I went to NYC and found so many awesome spots. I thought how in the world are there none in California!

    Found Bourbon and Branch to my delight, but I have to say I was disappointed.

    It was cool entering through the book shelf. But the online reservations did not work at all and we couldn't call anyone to find out how to get in.

    Luckily my friend knew the secret password which I'm sure you really don't need.

    The space itself is pretty awesome.

    Minus stars because the drinks were blah and it was a pain to reach people.

    I'd prefer Local Edition.

    Recommended for:Foodies
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    Alison Kjeldgaard
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    4 Oct 19, 2013

    This is one of my favorite places to take visiting friends and family because of its unique location and unbelievable cocktail menu. Located inside an old building that was originally a speakeasy, Bourbon and Branch brings a little of the Prohibition-era back to life with its 1920s flair. Reserve your seats ahead of time to receive the password, then ring the buzzer of a shabby-looking door to get in. Though definitely not one of the city's best kept secrets, the interior bar seating is so small and quiet, you feel as though you really have stumbled across something locals don't know about.

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  • Bourbon and BranchPro 2014
    Ingrid Katz
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    5 Oct 03, 2013

    A former speak easy - a small and very cool bar. It is in an unnamed building where you have to ring the bell and they ask you for a reservation (which you can make online) or a password. We could get in with none of them. Maybe because it was early and not too busy. But to get sure I would make an online reservation next time. Their cocktails are very special and fabulous (I loved my cucumber gimlet made with gin) They only use freshly squeezed juices for their mixtures.

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    Connie Pistilli
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    5 Sep 04, 2013

    The ultimate speakeasy in SF. You must make advanced reservations to drink here. All of their cocktails are crafted by some of the top mixologists around. The Russells Room is a perfect space for a private Prohibition Era-themed party!

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  • Bourbon and BranchCommunity ManagerPro 2014
    Keane
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    4 Aug 09, 2013

    How many bar phone numbers do you have on your phone? I only have one: Bourbon & Branch.

    It's because the main area of this former speakeasy is by reservation only. Once you reserve a table by phone or online, you'll get the password you'll need to whisper into the barely marked intercom outside. The bar is barely marked as well, sitting nonchalantly under an Anti-Saloon League banner.

    The drinks here aren't cheap but they're good. My personal favorite is the Revolver, a bourbon drink finished with a flaming orange rind.

    And when you exit, a host will lead you through a sliding bookshelf into their side bar, The Library, which you can access sans-reservations by using the password, "books."

    Some people dislike the theme but I happen to love it. Aside from being a legitimate historical speakeasy, they also enforce a "speakeasy" etiquette of no cell phones, no yelling and no foul play. With some 20s tunes playing, you'll find yourself transported to another swingin' era.

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  • Bourbon and BranchPro 2014
    Travis Katz
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    4 Aug 09, 2013

    This is a cool bar. It is an old speakeasy and aims to take you back in time. They ask for a password at the door to get in, and take you through a door hidden behind a bookshelf to get your drinks. Inside you find bartenders in period clothes serving up mean cocktails. There were not enough seats when we were there, so we only stayed for a drink, but it was fun.

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  • Bourbon and BranchPro 2014
    Caroline Carlos
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    4 Jul 05, 2013

    The drinks are good, the crowd is genteel, and the entrance is so discreet that you could walk right by it. On occasion, the library door is propped open and you can waltz right in. It’s a dark, intimate, and relatively quiet place, and you gotta love the sign that says “no cell phones.” I haven’t yet met anyone who didn’t like the place.

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    Richard P
    4 May 28, 2013

    Bourbon and Branch is a great place to grab some drinks, but make sure you make reservations because they do not take walk-ins. They do have a public bar next door, the Library Bar, but if you want a table at Bourbon and Branch you need to call ahead. The drinks are all awesome and relatively affordable. Each drink is about $12, but they are quality drinks! You could tell that they take time to actually make a great cocktail! Definitely a great place to catch up with friends or bring a date! However if you're intention is to meet new people this isn't the place. The ambiance is private and intimate.

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    Roy Chi
    4 Jan 04, 2013

    Excellent drinks, cool atmosphere, intimate vibe. Bourbon & Branch is always my go-to spot for taking out-of-towners for drinks, and it's never let me down.

    The waitresses, for the most part, are friendly, sweet, and knowledgeable. I have had a few in the past that were pretty rude, but I think it's improved quite significantly.

    Best drink in the house: Clover Club.

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Description:

Class, class and more class. This is the site of a former speakeasy, so what better establishment should take its place than a swanky, upmarket, 1920's-style speakeasy. Bourbon and Branch offers classic cocktails as well as great in-house creations-- something to tempt every taste bud. If you want a table, you must make a reservation and get a password for entry; there is also a standing-room only hidden library if you want to try your luck at a walk-in.
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