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Published on June 25, 2019
From open-air cocktails to shot-skis: Explore Lower Nob Hill's 3 newest barsPhoto: Obscenity Bar & Lounge/Yelp

Interested in finding out about the freshest new places to grab a drink in Lower Nob Hill? Whether you're interested in sipping craft cocktails under the stars or getting a group of friends together to do "shot-skis," there's something new for every taste. Here are the three newest bars to arrive in the neighborhood.

Obscenity Bar & Lounge

562 Sutter St.

Photo: Obscenity bar & lounge]/Yelp

The new Obscenity Bar & Lounge, located inside the Beat-themed Hotel Emblem, has a "jazz-inspired speakeasy setting," according to its website.

On the menu, expect to see bar bites like cheese plates, empanadas and meatballs, as well as a full selection of classic and signature cocktails named for Beat-era literary lions. Try the Ginsberg martini, with hemp vodka, hemp oil and orange bitters, or the Naked Brunch, with gin, sparkling rose, blackberries, lemon, mint and lavender syrup. 

With a four-star Yelp rating out of six reviews, Obscenity Bar & Lounge has been getting positive attention.

Yelper Julia K., who reviewed the lounge on June 7, wrote, "As a book nerd, I love the Beat Generation literary theme of the bar. The place feels warm and has a hip, relaxed vibe. I tried a couple of cocktails by Ms. Nora, and my favorite was the one that came flaming — Mexico City Blues."

Yelper Reginice C. wrote, "The cocktails were absolutely perfect; the bartender handcrafted a special cocktail for us that was so bomb. We got two orders of the Impossible sliders, which were very tasty."

Obscenity Bar & Lounge is open from 5–11 p.m. daily.


925 Bush St.

Photo: N A./Yelp

From the team behind Harper & Rye, Peacekeeper is a Mexico-inspired cocktail bar with a retractable roof.

Drink options include the Goddaughter (tequila, berry shrub, citrus, egg white), the Peacekeeper (serrano pepper tequila, pineapple, ginger, lime) or the Desert Queen (bourbon, grapefruit, shrub, berry, ancho chile, lemon). There's chips and salsa to snack on, too. 

Yelpers are generally positive about Peacekeeper, which currently holds four stars out of 42 reviews on the site.

Mimi T., who reviewed the bar on June 10, wrote, "Came here for a birthday party over the weekend, and fell in love with this bar. What is not to love? The expansive sky window transforms the space into an open courtyard. Amazing on a nice night!"

Yelper Justin P. wrote, "Great new bar, with dope vibe and even open air! You don't see a retractable roof too often in SF. They've got great craft cocktails."

Peacekeeper is open from 2 p.m.–2 a.m. on weekdays and 1 p.m.–2 a.m. on weekends.


895 Post St.

Photo: tara a./Yelp

After a decade at Polk and Union streets, laid-back cocktail bar Tonic made the move to Post and Hyde streets back in March. As we reported at the time, it's still owned by Ben Bleiman, whose Tonic group also operates Bullitt on Polk Street, Soda Popinski's on California Street, and Teeth in the Mission.

On the menu, look for cocktails like The Nesla (gin, basil, citrus), Planet of the Shapes (bourbon, egg white, citrus, Peychaud's bitters) and small bar bites like warm pretzels. The bar also offers two-for-one happy hour deals from 4-6 p.m., and $5 shots of Fernet or tequila with any purchase. 

Other specials include Top Shelf Tuesdays, with deep discounts on some of the bar’s fanciest spirit offerings; two-for-one espresso martinis all night every Thursday; and $18 select shot-skis (four shot glasses glued to a ski) every Saturday night. (You'll need to have three friends agree to do one with you.)

Tonic is off to a strong start with a current rating of five stars out of five reviews on Yelp.

Ross S. noted, "Tonic has always been one of the best bars to kick back and grab drinks with friends, and now with their new location, the experience has only gotten better. It is a laid-back lounge atmosphere, great vibes, reasonably priced drinks and they even have a shot-ski."

Yelper Preston B. wrote, "So many great reasons to love this spot, from the interior to the drinks, the bartenders, the vibe and the specials."

Tonic is open from 4 p.m.–2 a.m. daily.

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