Five New Bars Where You Can Start Toasting to Fall
Summer was a good season for drinking in S.F., and new drinks in general, and now that we're officially in fall we've got some new booze establishments to alert you to. In addition to the cool new bar program that just debuted at Tosca last week, here are five more to add to your list.
Fog City - The newly revamped, redesigned Fog City Diner, located next to Levi's Plaza on the Embarcadero (at Battery) has a hearty and easily likeable new food menu from chef Bruce Hill (Bix, Picco, Zero Zero), as well as a bunch of great new cocktails put together by bartender Dustin Sullivan. We'd recommend a pair of well balanced whiskey drinks, the Inside Job (Sazerac Rye, Nocino, house orgeat, ginger shrub, lemon) and the Derby (bourbon, Combier, lime, and sweet vermouth), as well as the Dark & Stormy which comes with crushed ice, like a slushie. 1300 Battery Street
Beaux - Up in the Castro the long-awaited redo in the former Trigger space has just been unveiled, and by all accounts it's a warmer, better laid out improvement. Most of the central bar is still there, though now there are wood surfaces where there used to be concrete, a much larger lounge area at the front (where there used to be a smoking porch), and there are two new bars in the space, one at the side of the dancefloor, and one upstairs on the mezzanine. Though the neighborhood is known for a lot of vodka-soda and whiskey-coke orders, there is a tight cocktail list featuring fresh juices and drinks like the Beaux-Tox (cucumber vodka, coconut water, and muddled kiwi), and the James Dean (bourbon, unfiltered apple juice, cinnamon syrup). 2344 Market Street
Taps - Russian Hill's former Pasha has re-emerged from a remodel as Taps, with a menu of comfort/pub foods and a seasonally driven cocktail list in addition to (obviously) 30 beers on tap. They're going for an "old San Francisco" thing, and they've got two big screens over the bar for game days. Photos here. 1516 Broadway
Palmer's Tavern - The brothers behind the highly successful, nearby Leopold's revamped the former Long Bar and it's now been open since Labor Day on upper Fillmore. In addition to a new food menu, Palmer's features a drink list split between classics like a Pimm's Cup and an Old Pal, and original creations like the Fillmore Fizz (gin, Fernet-Branca, pineapple gum, citrus and egg white), and the Bohemian (rye whiskey, Cynar amaro, coffee liquor and sweet vermouth). Eater has a few more details. 2298 Fillmore Street
Holy Water - Last but not least, some of the team behind Churchill and Bloodhound gutted the former Stray Bar in Bernal and reopened it last week as Holy Water. As with their other properties, you've got your reclaimed wood details and pendant lights, and a short list of classic drinks on offer like the Turf Club Cocktail (gin, french vermouth, maraschino, orange bitters) and the Mexican Firing Squad (tequila, grenadine, lime). In keeping with the name, they've got a big photographic mural on the wall of a 1940s river baptism, O Brother Where Art Thou-style. Also, there are 8 beers on tap, and fifteen more by the bottle. See more details at Thrillist. 309 Cortland Avenue