If you’re looking for a unique and intimate experience when it comes to San Francisco’s nightlife, then it’s time to check out a speakeasy. If you’re ready to up your cool factor, you’re ready for a San Francisco speakeasy. Modern speakeasies are today’s take on the Prohibition era parties of the 1920s. Except unlike back then, these bars are legal! So look no further than these cool and swanky joints in San Francisco.
Does that shop with some typewriters out front and an unassuming door on Market Street seem like nothing special? Think again. Behind that door, a staircase descends to a large lounge space, complete with velvet curtains and mood lighting. This speakeasy pays tribute to the mid-20th century newspaper industry, its decor featuring printing presses, vintage publications and typewriters. The bartenders are friendly, with dapper dress authentic to the era (and tend to be a bit heavy handed on their bourbon pours). Stop by Local Edition on a live jazz night to really feel like you’ve traveled back in time.
691 Market St, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 795 1375
Discreetly located in Union Square’s Hotel G, Benjamin Cooper is an easily missed gem. But once you find it, you’ll want to keep coming back to this little secret. At this intimate speakeasy, you’ll find both artisan and custom cocktails, a lovely food menu and cozy yet lively vibes. The bartenders pride themselves on keeping the livelihood of the real Benjamin Cooper alive. And who is the actual Benjamin Cooper? Well, that’s a well-kept secret you have to find out when you get there.
398 Geary St, San Francisco, USA +1 415 654 5061