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Christine Louie has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for over twenty years. Since graduating from UCLA in 2008, she has traveled to over 22 countries, providing humanitarian aid to 11 of these. Christine is a freelance writer, public speaker, and an advocate for underprivileged communities. Her passion for exploration and commitment to excellence drives her obsessive investigation of the best restaurants, hot spots, and creative events throughout the city. She loves San Francisco not only because it is a hub for self-expression through fashion, but also because it is a city that offers numerous outlets for generosity through volunteer opportunities.

The World at Your Doorsteps: Bourbon and Branch, Tommy’s, and O’Reilly’s

San Francisco is a worldwide epicenter of diversity, authenticity, and creativity that’s not only reflected by its residents, but also by its fashion, restaurants, and entertainment. It’s an avenue to explore a global variety of drinks as well. Whether you’re dreaming of taking a secret getaway in the states, carousing in Mexico, or exploring the authentic culture in Ireland, they are all at your doorsteps in San Francisco. Below, I’ve picked three bars where you can get a taste of what you’re dreaming.

Bourbon and Branch (Photo Crdit: Esquire.com)

Bourbon and Branch: Take an exciting adventure back to the era of the 1920s when the sale and consumption of alcohol was illegal. Not only does Bourbon and Branch offer the experience of an authentic speakeasy, but it provides top notch traditional bourbon selections along with creatively acclaimed cocktails such as the cucumber gimlet, a refreshing yet tangy adventure for your taste buds. To be escorted to the secret library, ring the buzzer and provide the password “books” between 6pm and 2am, Wednesday through Saturday.

Tommy’s Mexican Restaurant: Dive into a festive Mexican experience with lively music, authentic food, and cozy booths. Tommy’s carries the largest collection of 100% agave tequila outside of Mexico. Over 7,000 tequila connoisseurs around the world have already joined their Blue Agave Club, the largest international tequila tasting club. Be sure to meet Julio Bermejo (Tommy’s son), he might give you a free shot glass too!

O’reilly’s Irish Pub & Restaurant: With murals of Irish authors on the walls, friendly

Gary Shansby (right) with Julio Bermejo, U.S. Ambassador of Tequila. Photo taken at Tommy’s in San Francisco. (Photo Credit: JennFerrington.com)

bartenders, and classic Celtic dishes, Ireland is at your fingertips. Choose from 20 beers, stouts, ales and ciders and be sure to try their Guinness, which has been rated the “Best Pint of Guinness” by Guinness World-Wide Awards. Order the traditional slow cooked lamb stew and moist chocolate truffle cake to go along with your satisfying beer to complete your vacation in Irish heaven.

Bourbon and Branch
501 Jones St.
San Francisco, CA 94102

Tommy’s Mexican Restaurant
5929 Geary Blvd.
San Francisco, CA 94121

O'Reilly's in San Francisco (Photo Credit: SFWeekly.com)


O’reilly’s Irish Pub & Restaurant
622 Green St.
San Francisco, CA 94133

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