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“NOT A RESTAURANT”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Bourbon and Branch

Bourbon and Branch
Ranked #185 of 5,642 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$25 - US$100
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Good for: Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene
Dining options: Dinner, Drinks, After-hours, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Enfield
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54 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“NOT A RESTAURANT”
Reviewed 13 August 2014 via mobile

Funky speak easy with needing a pass word to get on. EXTENSIVE COCKTAIL list, BUT NO FOOD!

Enjoyed our experience, but thought we were coming to a restaurant.

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Vancouver, Canada
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286 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“speakeasy style”
Reviewed 11 August 2014

Make reservations for the code at this speakeasy place. They'll let you in without the code but you don't get a table, just sent to the bar int eh back. Excellent cocktails. Unique atmosphere.

Visited February 2014
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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207 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
“Shhhhhhhhh”
Reviewed 6 August 2014 via mobile

Such a great place! So original. The menu is extensive, the cocktails are fantastic and the whole experience is very quirky and cool. Reservations are pretty straightforward it as other reviews state - go on website first and register. Trip advisor photo helped us to locate it though as it is a bit hidden but this only adds to the fun. Great place!

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Burlington, VT
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30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Cool & unique experience”
Reviewed 3 August 2014

We were looking for a different way to end our last full night in San Francisco and Bourbon and Branch was a pretty cool way to do it. Our reservation was for 7:30 so our experience may be different than others that go later at night. It was cool to knock on the door and give our password, but some of the vibe was lost as others were also waiting in line at the door with us. Inside the bar is very dark and cozy which adds to the ambiance. The only issue was that we were seated in a booth right next to the door and every time the buzzer was rung, the door would swing open and fill the area with bright sunlight. The other thing to be aware of is this location is right on the edge of a pretty seedy area. If you stay north and east of O'Farell street, you will be fine. We walked around the corner onto O'Farell to kill time before our reservation and ran smack into a homeless guy using the side of a van as a porta-potty (and trust me, he wasn't taking a pee).

All of that being said, this was a unique way to end our night. The servers were great, and the drink list is very extensive. We never felt rushed and were allowed to enjoy our time. Drinks aren't cheap, but were very well made. Reservations are a must. Enjoy your full time there and take advantage of the drink list!

  • Visited July 2014
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Boston, Massachusetts
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34 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“quite an experience”
Reviewed 1 August 2014

Go on the website and get your password. It's worth having a reserved seat in the main bar. Plus it's sooo cool to knock on the unmarked door and give your password to the hostess. Feels like an old-fashioned speakeasy for sure. Great atmosphere, and the drinks are amazing. Craft cocktails with fresh squeezed juice, homemade bitters and tinctures. Best bourbon drink i've had in my life. Wow!

  • Visited July 2014
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