Nihon Whisky Lounge

San Francisco-Outer San Francisco

4.3 / 5

May 11, 2018

If you like whisky and you're in San Francisco, this place is a definite must visit. The Nihon Whisky Lounge boasts one of the largest ranges of single malt whisky in California.

If you like whisky and you’re in San Francisco, this place is a definite must visit. The Nihon Whisky Lounge boasts one of the largest ranges of single malt whisky in California. Part of the Dajani Group, who also run Tsunami Sushi, Bar 821 and Café Abir, the venue takes its scotch as seriously as any Japanese bar would, and that’s saying something, as the Japanese have embraced quality whisky with a passion that matches that of the Celts. There are over 500 expressions on offer at this attractive sushi bar and whisky emporium in San Francisco’s Mission District, so there’s always something new to try, and helpful staff are always happy to advise a novice, so don’t let the extensive menu intimidate you. The space is divided, with an upstairs dining room and the main bar downstairs. The interior is handsome, with its beige brick walls and illuminated panel; high ceilings keep the place feeling light and airy. There’s an abundance of cushy banquettes and elegant low tables and the downstairs bar glints invitingly with hundreds of back-lit bottles; even the most picky whisky snob will find something to excite them here. There’s also a decent range of whisky based cocktails on offer though if whisky isn’t your thing (why are you here?) there’s plenty else to enjoy, including some good champagne cocktails. The food is served izakaya style (basically, Japanese style tapas) and they serve a note-perfect whisky sour. In a particularly nice touch, bottles purchased by customers can be stored in lockers for future visits and trust us, once you’ve been here, you really will want to come back.