San Francisco's Cask, on Third and Market Streets, is a worthwhile stop for lovers of spirits. The snug, wood-paneled store is managed by a group that presides over a local cocktail bar empire (Bourbon & Branch, Swig, Rickhouse). Its genial proprietors have run bars, distilled spirits, brewed beers and tasted every bottle on the shelf. Their selection is informed and eclectic. Though they specialize in spirits (their Scotch whiskies are notably organized by region), they also offer small-batch Napa wines, craft beers, a selection of tried and true barware and over 150 books for sale.
Cask, 17 Third Street, (415)424-4844.