I loved this bar I found at the intersection of Columbus and Pacific Avenues near Chinatown. It’s a spin on a Barbary Coast apothecary, advertising “elixirs,” “spirits” and “remedies.” The decor is very well done, a large bar overlooking the room, which has ample seating, with lamps, glass vases and dainty flowers atop small tables. Chandeliers with big round bulbs hang overhead. Their cocktail menu is an “Almanac” cleverly styled with decorative graphics and fonts that fit the whole vibe. The drinks are creative, hand crafted and strong.
I had two cocktails, the first was Three Sworn Enemies, a blend of Evan Williams Bottled-in-Bond Bourbon, Grand Poppy (which is California poppy, orange, lemon, grapefruit, bearberry, California bay leaf, pink peppercorn, dandelion, blessed thistle, burdock, rue, artichoke, gentian, geranium, cherry bark and cane sugar), vanilla syrup, angostura bitters, orange bitters and gold dust. Wait. Gold dust?? How could I resist. Three Sworn Enemies is the first photo above. Next I had a Bourbon Crusta. Bourbon, lemon, orchard syrup, orange Curaçao, maraschino and Boker’s bitters with a sugared rim. Both cocktails were excellent.
There was live entertainment, too, The Deep Basement Shakers, who provided the perfectly appropriate style of music, lively and toe tapping. Don’t miss out on The Devil’s Acre next time you’re in San Fran, I know I won’t!