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Great cocktail bar !

This is a stylish bar which is well worth finding. The staff are attentive and nothing is too much... read more

Reviewed May 14, 2018
Drinks at a library in Soma

Had drinks at this stylish cocktail bar. Ordered a French martini and old fashioned. I felt very... read more

Reviewed March 3, 2018
San Francisco, California
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May 14, 2018
“Great cocktail bar !”
Mar 3, 2018
“Drinks at a library in Soma”
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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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

Thank ANDY K
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.

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.

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.

Thank Brian F
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

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.

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.

Thank Clint J
Reviewed April 12, 2017 via mobile

This is a place we continue to come back to when we visit SFO. The prices are high which is why this is not a 5-star from me; however, this is a big space and when it isn't packed to the brim, it is comfortable...More

Thank Lance E
Reviewed March 27, 2017

We visited on a Saturday night in March. Very cute bar, very happening - it was packed! I wondered if this was a college hangout because everyone looked really young to me. Almost everyone in that bar was Asian, so maybe they really were old...More

Thank thejoyciecat
Reviewed February 19, 2017 via mobile

A nice place to hangout with friends, the ambient is amazing and very cozy. We arrived around 9:30 and it was completely full, so it is recommend to make reservation.

Thank 457barv
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