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Where To Drink Whiskey On Any Occasion

Winter is coming and it’s now dark at 5pm. Do you surrender and lock yourself in buildings for the next six months, or do you take advantage of the opportunity to begin celebrating whiskey-drinking season? We choose the latter, and encourage you to join us in our quest. Good news: you can do so at a wide variety of places around the city.

And if you’re going to drink whiskey, choose wisely by ordering Jameson Caskmates. Jameson Irish Whiskey partnered with a local Irish brewery to finish their whiskey in craft beer barrels. The result was Jameson Caskmates and you can find it at all the bars listed below. Not surprisingly, it also pairs quite well with beer.

Sponsored. This guide is presented by Jameson Caskmates. All restaurants & bars have been selected by The Infatuation. To learn more about Jameson Caskmates, click here.


Balboa Cafe

Cow Hollow
3199 Fillmore St

The place is a Marina institution for good reason. The eclectic crowd of suits, parents out on the town and older ladies looking for love is a sight to behold, the burger is good, and the old-school vibes are hard to beat. Go for an outdoor table for brunch or the indoor bar for strong whiskey drinks and a beer - you really win either way.


Sundance Kabuki

1881 Post Street

What makes going to the movies better? Reserved comfortable seats and a full bar. Once you go Kabuki you can’t go back, and it’s a great spot for date night. Just make sure your date fills you in on whatever you missed when you head back to the bar for refills of Jameson Caskmates and craft beer.


San Francisco Athletic Club

1750 Divisadero St

If you’re looking for a classier place to watch sports and drink up than a grubby dive, SFAC’s got you. The spot on Divis takes reservations, serves solid bar food, and has bathtubs of beer, which naturally pair well with whiskey. Start with some wings and garlic fries and go from there. Also, brunch at a sports bar is one of the better ways to spend a Sunday.


Giordano Bros.

3108 16th St

Another great occasion to get down with some Jameson Caskmates is while consuming a massive sandwich. With fries in it. Helps you digest it better. Giordano Bros is an excellent place to watch a game and eat delicious things in the Mission, especially if you like shuffleboard and have an allegiance to Pittsburgh.


The Chapel

777 Valencia St

Another delightful place to drink whiskey: a music venue. Besides seeing shows, the Chapel has an attached restaurant with a great outdoor patio and decent food as well for pre- and post-show. Sliders and baked burrata? Yes please. Do those go together? Nope. Do we care? Nope.


The Hot Spot

1414 Market St

This dive bar is home to a truly great deal: the shot/beer/scratch lottery ticket for $5. It's also conveniently located right on Market across from Twitter and Uber and Square for all of you who need to drink on the cheap after work. Upstairs there’s a pool table and more chill vibes and downstairs is dark and divey and sometimes exactly what you need. It’s also very easy to miss, so keep your whiskey glasses on.


You might think that a brewery is not the most intuitive place to drink whiskey, but don’t be fooled; Jameson Caskmates is the perfect pairing for a glass of craft beer, and this is the place to try it out. The food is solid all-around, so settle in for a night (or day) of eating and drinking. It’ll be a good one.


Bus Stop

1901 Union St

This place is old. Pre-earthquake old. And not the Loma Pieta earthquake. The open-since-1901 spot on Union is a standby in the hood for beer buckets, Giants games, and a Jameson Caskmates pairing. They let you bring in food as well. Always busy without feeling too crowded, Bus Stop is a place you need to hit soon.



1092 Post St

Jackalope is a cool spot in a rather unfortunate area - a few blocks from Union Square and a few blocks from the Tenderloin. Look on the bright side: it’s a magical oasis of cocktails, an amazing happy hour deal, and best of all, Duck Hunt. Very worth your time and a very good place to drink some Jameson Caskmates.


Horseshoe Tavern

2024 Chestnut St

We, and a lot of people we know, have Horseshoe Tavern coasters sitting on our coffee tables at home. I guess we’re all kleptos who’ve spent too much time at Horseshoe. The classic bar on Chestnut is a great place to watch sports, play some pool, and most importantly, drink whiskey.

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