3 Best Bars in Chinatown, San Francisco

Bow Bow Cocktail Lounge


At this quirky, inclusive, divey karaoke bar, you can get your kicks performing in front of a sometimes rowdy but nearly always supportive audience of hip young things and Asian businessmen.

Cold Drinks Bar

China Live's stylish upstairs, vintage Shanghai–inspired bar focuses on scotch and intricate cocktails with no shortage of creativity. The renowned AvroKO firm's sharp-as-a-tuxedo design, with dramatic lighting and a black-and-gold motif, is as glamorous a setting for drinking as any in this city.

Moongate Lounge

The upstairs, slightly more casual and hip bar/lounge companion to Mister Jiu's is a destination in its own right. Lunar themes are everywhere, from the drinks' names and colors to the mystical lighting and design accents in a suave space that previously was a banquet room. Smaller bites have the same seasonal and technique-driven Chinese-Californian bent as the more upscale food downstairs.

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