Holy Water San Francisco

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Holy Water – Neighborhood bar with great ambiance

Bernal Heights is definitely not a tourist’s neighborhood- there are no sights to see or iconic parks, but the locals pack the restaurants and there are a number of great finds here.

My personal favorite is Holy Water, a spacious neighborhood bar with a great cocktail list, a locals’ vibe and warm ambiance. Besides the name, I love the fact that I can go there pretty much any time of day and find a few people inside- and even when it’s emptier it still feels inviting. During the weekends they also usually have a food pop-up inside that changes frequently; the last time I was there the pop-up owners were selling pretzels and German bratwurst. They’ve also got an “11th hour” special: after 11 pm they start serving specials that aren’t on the menu and are always changing depending on what they’ve got available. It’s a good excuse to stay late.

To ease my Sunday Scaries and get a jump on the work week I’ve also gone there a few times with a friend and my laptop. We usually snag a nice high-top in the back, have a glass or two of wine and enjoy a nice wind-down to the weekend.

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Details about this spot



Cortland Avenue 309, San Francisco

Opening Times

Mon - Sat 16:00 - 02:00, Sun 14:00 - 02:00


Cocktail: US$ 12


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Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)