417 Stockton Street,
(btwn Bush & Sutter Sts),
+1 415 400 0500
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5pm until midnight Sun-Thurs and until 2am on weekends
The Burritt Room started off as the hotel’s lobby in 1910. In 1914, when excavation began for the Stockton Street Tunnel that runs underneath, it became the building’s second floor and was turned into a dance hall and saloon. Now The Burritt Room is a large hotel bar, but retains the feel of an elegant, turn-of-the-century space.
It’s a classic San Franciscan bar: wood panelling, tiled floor, exposed brickwork, chandeliers and a rather nice terrier called Nelson who’s a regular in the dog-friendly hotel. The Burritt Room is not an overly formal bar, but a relaxed space where hotel guests wind down, and locals catch up.
The cocktail menu is well constructed, and laid out in a simple, recipe-style way that specifies the glass and how it’s made. The drinks are imaginatively named, such as ‘Not Tonight’ and ‘Getting Figgy With It’. Three naturally grown swizzle sticks kept behind the bar attest to how seriously the drinks geekery is here, and perhaps went to explain why all the drinks were so consistently well made in this bar, which is manned by talented and knowledgeable bartenders.