San Francisco is easily my next favorite city after my beloved New York. So when I had the opportunity to jet out there for a few days, it was important for me to maximize every hour of each day. While I didn’t get to go to every place I wanted to try (because how is that possible?), my drinking and eating (and yoga!) tour of San Francisco was comprehensive, delicious and noteworthy…
Hops and Hominy
1 Tillman Place, http://hopsandhominy.com/
I stumbled upon this excellent craft beer bar and surprised myself when I did. Tucked in an alley off the bustling Grant Avenue, Hops and Hominy is geographically easy to miss, but worth the find. Established by a few Florida natives, this restaurant/bar brings Southern flair to San Francisco and sets forth a casual, friendly and familial mood to this great space. I opted for a west coast, northern California beer – the Red Seal Ale from Fort Bragg – and chatted briefly with Adam who noted their innovative cocktail list featuring a bacon-infused bourbon that they’re particularly proud of. Many thanks to Adam for championing my San Francisco drinking and eating adventures! Because without his advice I might not have ended up at….
The Burritt Room + Tavern
417 Stockton Street, http://www.mystichotel.com/Eat-Drink/Burritt-Room
Located just off Union Square on the second floor of a hotel is The Burritt Room + Tavern. Packed with a very friendly staff and a smart, young crowd, The Burritt Room has a cocktail menu featuring a modern day take on Prohibition-era classics. To satisfy my taste for whisky that evening, I opted for the mixture of rye whisky, cherry heering, sherry, fernet and chocolate bitters – otherwise known as Without Permission and is what I would describe as a smoky cola. For something sweeter, I got to sample a mixture of Peychaud’s bitters, rhubarb and Casa Nobles tequila. For something with a spicy, sweet kick, ask for a combination of whisky, maple syrup and cinnamon… or try a blended scotch with ginger, honey and lemon if you need that kind of rinse.
691 Market Street, http://localeditionsf.com/
For someone who works in the publishing industry and loves cocktails, this bar could not have been more perfect. Local Edition was something I had never seen before. Thanks to a clock in the window that discretely bears the bar’s name, this bar is located in the basement of the Hearst Building on Market Street. The space was the original printing room for the Examiner and is decorated with typewriters, a large scale printing press and walls adorned with old newspapers behind glass cases. A stage is set with live jazz that plays to a crowd of hightops and lounge tables that flash you back to the 1950s. While the bar itself, with standing room only, takes up a small percentage of the space, it actually only makes patrons appreciate the openness and space even more. To top it off, Local Edition features an excellent list of aptly named cocktails. After you finish gawking at your surroundings, sit and sip on The Monarch, which basically tastes like a liquored up Thai iced tea.
Check out some other favorite places I’ve visited below!
Sons and Daughters
Opt for either the seasonal or vegetable 8-plate tasting menu at this Michelin star rated restaurant located on Bust Street. Paired with a fabulous wine list, the flavors and presentation of food is spectacular and worth the splurge. http://www.sonsanddaughterssf.com/
Take the ferry out to Sausalito and enjoy the panoramic views of the city and Golden Gate Bridge. Once you dock in Sausalito, stroll over to Sushi Ran, famed as the best sushi in the Bay Area. I’ve made it no secret that the miso-glazed black cod changed my life. http://www.sushiran.com/
Maiden Lane Studios
Maiden Lane is a quaint road adorned with white entrance gates at each block and cobblestone streets. I heard about the freshly opened studio from the friendly folks at Lululemon so I knew it was worth a visit. Take the elevator up to the studio and you’ll easily breathe in the aesthetics they offer. Crisp white walls are illuminated with plenty of natural daylight and set a heavenly tone to your practice. http://maidenlanestudios.com/
Urban Flow Yoga
Located in the Soma district, this donation-based studio packs a tight house for class with teacher, Rusty Wells. Devoted students of this teacher and studio come to, very literally, sweat it out in this powerful two-hour, heated asana practice that is rounded out with chanting and live percussion. http://urbanflowyoga.com/