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Terrific place to meet up with friends

Good food, great drinks, friendly service -- and you can even make a reservation for a table. What... read more

Reviewed yesterday
San Francisco, California
Great place to hang out

So I'm not typically one to hang out in a bar, but since a group of us were meeting there before... read more

Reviewed December 1, 2018
San Jose, CA
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“Terrific place to meet up with friends”
Dec 1, 2018
“Great place to hang out”
Serving cocktails with character, Novela is a book-themed bar where classic literary references present themselves in new and intriguing ways. From our chromatically classified book collection, to the names of our house cocktails which are taken...more
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662 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94105-4015
South Beach
+1 415-896-6500
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Reviewed yesterday

Good food, great drinks, friendly service -- and you can even make a reservation for a table. What more can you ask for?!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank cja2k1
Reviewed December 1, 2018

So I'm not typically one to hang out in a bar, but since a group of us were meeting there before dinner, I checked it out. It's definitely a popular place, lots of people and it's loud, but the vibe is good. We claimed a...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 18, 2018

This place was recommended by a friend when I asked where to take out of town friends for drinks. I asked for a place that was low key, not to loud, had a full bar and could chat with people that I hadn't seen in...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank gregory h
Reviewed May 14, 2018

This is a stylish bar which is well worth finding. The staff are attentive and nothing is too much trouble. There is a lively atmosphere with great music. To drink we enjoyed the Ruby Slippers Special which was Aperol, Marmalade and Gin and I had...More

Date of experience: June 2017
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Reviewed March 3, 2018 via mobile

Had drinks at this stylish cocktail bar. Ordered a French martini and old fashioned. I felt very smart since I was surrounded by books everywhere. They also have photos of literary greats such as Kerouac, Hemingway, etc. I love the decor! Very cozy place.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank BPenuliar2015
Reviewed January 8, 2018 via mobile

Library themed decor inside is nice. Cocktails and punches are creative. Great place for happy hour and get togethers.

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank JohnJay1010
Reviewed October 17, 2017

Interesting cocktail lounge, awesome vibe. Great cocktails. Bartenders aren't the friendliest, but you can't beat the variety of cocktails.

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed October 1, 2017 via mobile

The best place for book lovers and cocktail lovers! The decoration is to die for, the cocktails are strong. I even met someone who has been to my country - Bulgaria! Me and hubby had a great evening even though the bar is more appropriate...More

Date of experience: November 2016
Thank Lilith808
Reviewed July 19, 2017

SOMA hot spot for 20 and 30 somethings. The staff was polite and the place was busy. Their menu is focused on hand crafted cocktails, but they do have a full bar and beers on tap.

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank Houdini S
Reviewed July 5, 2017 via mobile

Great atmosphere! The drinks were really good but seemed a little over priced for what they were. We did not have any of the food but seemed to be more of a place to get a drink rather than an eating destination.

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Clint J
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