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.

Alanna Hale
OF 9

The Perennial, San Francisco

One of the most eco-friendly restaurants in the country, The Perennial, which opened in January, was conceived with sustainability in mind: the space was built with recycled and reclaimed materials, it uses aquaponically farmed vegetables, and it serves “perennial grains” (better for the soil than annual ones) and meat from animals raised on carbon dioxide-reducing farms. The ethos of behind hte advanced, ecologically sensitive (and also, delicious) cocktail program follows suit. Straws are made from straw; water-wasting ice machines are eschewed (water is frozen directly in the glassware instead), some drinks are carbonated in kegs to cut down on bottles, and leftover juices are used to make sherbet. The result is a menu of interesting new combinations like tequila and coffee, along with exciting new renditions on standards like a Vodka Soda with distilled (instead of fresh) citrus. 59 Ninth St.; 415-500-7788; theperennialsf.com.