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It’s a martini-fueled dance party at new Nob Hill cocktail bar Zhuzh

New cocktail bar Zhuzh crams a whole disco dance party into a narrow space in Nob Hill. Drop in to try this frothy matcha martini.

People dance in a dark room under hanging disco balls.
Step inside Nob Hill’s newest cocktail bar Zhuzh, where the disco dance party is alive and well every day of the week. | Source: Courtesy Ashley Ann Photos

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San Francisco nightlife is dead. At least, that’s what some Reddit critics like to whinge about. 

But the naysayers obviously haven’t stepped foot inside Zhuzh, the new Nob Hill cocktail bar that transports you to a neon-soaked fever dream.

Step inside Nob Hill's new cocktail bar Zhuzh, where the disco dance party is alive and well every day of the week. | Source: Lauren Saria/The Standard

Inside, disco balls spin endlessly, scattering light like confetti as thumping music pumps over the speakers. On weekends, the long, narrow space is packed with partygoers who push past the tables to the small dance floor in back. Zhuzh hosts a full calendar of dance parties with themes like Sea Hunt, when the setlist is “so deep you’ll feel like you’re underwater,” and Too Gay to Function, featuring music by DJ Bootie Juice. 

On a recent Thursday night, a respectable crew was perched on plush stools in front of the copper-topped bar enjoying one of the six relatively simple cocktails, which are conveniently all on tap. There’s a hazelnut-infused espresso martini riff and a spicy mezcal-based margarita spiked with strawberry, basil and serrano chile. 

A green cocktail garnished with an orange peel in a coupe sits on a multicolored table.
Zhuzh offers six cocktails on tap including this eye-catching martini made with matcha instead of the usual espresso. | Source: Courtesy Ashley Ann Photos

But for maximum dance-floor energy, I’d suggest the Genmaicha Matchatini, made with matcha powder and genmaicha—a blend of green tea and roasted popped rice—along with vodka and oat milk (a win for the lactose-sensitive, like me). The roasted rice gives the genmaicha a mild nuttiness that sails well over the drink’s creamy texture. It might sound healthy, but trust me—it is plenty stiff.

💰 Genmaicha Matchatini ($15)
📍Zhuzh, 1548 California St., Nob Hill

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