For one of the best bars in San Francisco, head to The Big 4. This historic restaurant and bar features a romantic clubby lounge filled with dark wood, classic cocktails, and a piano player. This classic Nob Hill establishment is located in the Scarlet Huntington Hotel and is named after the “Big 4” businessmen and philanthropists who built the Central Pacific Railroad – Leland Stanford, Collis Huntington, Charles Crocker, and Mark Hopkins. .
Featuring nightly live piano music, we think The Big 4 is one of the classiest bars in the city. Order a classic cocktail like an Aviation or Vesper, or try one of their signature gold-rush inspired cocktails like the Copper Mine Shaft (a twist on a Manhattan) or a Huntington’s Negroni. Our go-to at The Big 4 is a martini, extra dry with a twist.
We love The Big 4 for cocktails, but they also serve a full dinner menu in the restaurant, which we can’t wait to try. Whatever you do, make sure to take in all the historic memorabilia on the walls. It’s also a great place to visit during Christmas in San Francisco when it’s decorated with holiday decor. It takes you back to the San Francisco of the Gold Rush era, which is priceless.
The Big 4, 1075 California St., San Francisco