The Best New Cocktail Bars in America

These eight drinking dens just opened in the U.S. Here’s why they're our new favorite spots for a night out.

Kelly Puleio
OF 9

Whitechapel, San Francisco

Named for the district in East London that once functioned as the center of gin production (and inspired by the Tube station of the same name), Whitechapel is a cocktail theme bar of large proportions. The three-room space, which debuted this October, is nothing short of cinematic, with elements of a Victorian gin palace, a distressed subway platform, and a hint of steampunk. (The theatricality of it all makes more sense when you learn that co-owner Martin Cate’s other business is the over-the-top, pirate-inspired tiki bar Smuggler’s Cove.) Deeply dedicated to the spirit—the bar boasts the largest selection of gin in North America—the menu's 100-plus cocktails are all gin-based and include vintage and modern classics, punches, and sections dedicated to the Martini and Gin & Tonic. There is also a tasting club where juniper obsessives can methodically work their way through the 400 bottles on offer and take advantage of member rewards like guided trips to distilleries. 600 Polk St.; 415-292-5800; whitechapelsf.com.