Doug Dalton

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Doug Dalton
Born (1972-01-21) January 21, 1972 (age 51)
Fairfax, Virginia, United States
Occupation(s)Entrepreneur, investor
Known forEarly internet, proprietor of the leading bars of San Francisco

Doug Dalton is an American entrepreneur and investor. He is the current owner of FutureBars, the parent company of several San Francisco establishments including: Bourbon and Branch, Rickhouse, Pagan Idol, Bottle Club Pub, Swig, Lark, Local Edition, Devils Acre, Zombie Village, Nightingale, Gingers and the Cask liquor stores.[1]


From 1990 to 1994, Dalton received his bachelor's degree in computer science from Emory & Henry College. He continued his education at George Mason University, receiving his master's degree in computer science in 1996.


During his time as a lead engineer at Sprint, Dalton created the company's foundation for domestic internet.[2] From there, he became the Senior Manager of Network Engineering and New Technologies at Netscape. There, he started working on the core technology for the framework for Netscape's website.[3] In 1998, Dalton became the Vice President of Engineering and Operations at Knowledge Universe.

In 2000, Dalton entered the electronic commerce sector becoming Chief Technology Officer for, a high-end online cosmetics company.[4] When Estée Lauder Companies absorbed Dalton became CTO of Estee Lauder. Dalton relocated to New York City, where Estee Lauder was headquartered, and while living there discovered an interest for the New York nightlife.[5] He took this newfound interest to San Francisco and improved upon it by developing a different type of nightlife culture that would thrive longer than the typical and cyclical bar life expectancy.[6]

Dalton returned to San Francisco in 2002 and translated his knowledge of data mining customer's needs and desires to understand San Francisco's nightlife market.[7] He compared this with what he had absorbed from the New York culture he experienced and began what would become a changing movement in the San Francisco nightlife industry.

Dalton teamed up with Brian Sheehy and Dahi Donnelly to create Futurebars, a parent company for concept bars and a consulting group for clients such as Ritz Carlton, Marriott, and W Hotels.[8][citation needed] Futurebars introduces a unique identity and concept to each bar they open and help shape each bar with their consulting services.[9] As an owner of Futurebars, Dalton is a proprietor of: Local Edition, Tradition, Swig, Bourbon & Branch, Rickhouse, The Devil's Acre, and Tupper and Reed. These bars have been the leading lights of the cocktail culture that blossomed in San Francisco.[10][11] and in 2012 had a gross revenue of over $7 million.[12]


  1. ^ Lucchesi, Paolo (December 19, 2012). "Bourbon & Branch guys eye the Twitter building and East Bay as sales top $7 million". Inside Scoop SF. Retrieved May 15, 2014.
  2. ^ " Names Internet Pioneer as CTO". The Free Library by Farlex. November 4, 1999. Retrieved May 15, 2014.
  3. ^ Epstein, Eve (February 24, 2000). " CTO Adds Polish to Virtual Boutique". Computerworld. Retrieved May 15, 2014.
  4. ^ Dembeck, Chet (November 4, 1999). " Sitting Pretty After Fast-Paced Year". E-Commerce Times. Retrieved May 15, 2014.
  5. ^ Luttinger, Nina (January 1, 2011). "Q & A with Doug Dalton, founder/co-owner of Cask, Bourbon and Branch". New American Chocolate. Archived from the original on May 12, 2014. Retrieved May 15, 2014.
  6. ^ "Doug Dalton: Owner of San Francisco's Bourbon & Branch and Former Netscape Engineer! - Toasted Donut". August 11, 2012. Retrieved May 15, 2014.
  7. ^ Dickinson, Boonsri (January 27, 2012). "This Former Netscape Engineer Owns The Coolest Bar In San Francisco". Business Insider. Retrieved May 15, 2014.
  8. ^ Aidin Vaziri (January 27, 2008). "Doug Dalton likes dive bars, Bamboo Village". SFGate. Retrieved May 16, 2014.
  9. ^ "Doug Dalton : Eater SF". Retrieved May 16, 2014.
  10. ^ "Future Bars: With a twist - San Francisco Business Times". December 14, 2012. Retrieved May 16, 2014.
  11. ^ "World's Best Bars". Retrieved May 16, 2014.
  12. ^ Paolo Lucchesi (December 19, 2012). "Inside Scoop SF » Bourbon & Branch guys eye the Twitter building and East Bay as sales top $7 million". Retrieved May 16, 2014.

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