Best New Bars in San Francisco

SF has more bars per capita than any other American city, so it's no surprise that we see new spots opening up all the time. Here are a few of the latest and greatest watering holes to appear on the local bar scene in San Francisco.

Updated: March 11, 2011

New Bars in San Francisco

The House of Shields

39 New Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94105

Okay, this piece of SF history isn't quite new--it opened in 1908--but if you haven't been here lately, its extensive renovation will make it seem new to you. Grab a classic cocktail and admire the newly burnished wood bar. With chef Dennis Leary (Canteen, The Sentinel) at the helm, tasty bar snacks will arrive shortly.

Campanula Kitchen and Bar

701 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94133

This sister spot to Russian Hill's Frascati, located right on Washington Square Park, focuses on tapas and classic cocktails. The kitchen is open until midnight on weekends, making it perfect for snacking after a night of drinks in North Beach.

Wreck Room

1390 California St, San Francisco, CA 94109

If you like games with your booze, Wreck Room is the place to be. This Nob Hill spot offers a 12-foot shuffleboard table, vintage arcade games and, of course, pool. They also have Connect Four and dominoes available for fans of old-school amusements.

Pause Wine Bar

1666 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94102

The folks behind Yield in the Dogpatch have taken over the former CAV space, continuing the wine-bar theme and adding global small plates to the menu. All wines are organic, with a heavy American focus.

Royal Cuckoo

3202 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Classic cocktails and a slick record collection are the highlights of this den-like Mission spot. Try their riff on the Moscow Mule, made with cachaca, or thumb through the extensive pre-1975 LP library, organized in a card catalog.


2400 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109

This new beer hall, complete with dirndl-clad waitresses, is like a trip to Deutschland. The bar offers an extensive selection of Belgian and German brews, perfect for washing down classic dishes like weiner schnitzel and goulash.