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Words by Simon Difford on 24-Oct-2014
580 Sutter Street, (btwn Mason & Powell Streets), San Francisco, California, CA 94102, United States
Tel: +1 415 398-0195
Website: View bar's website
Hours: Mon-Sat 5pm-2am
Door: Open door
Style: Lounge bar
Recommended for: Cocktails
Price guide: Middling
Food: Bar nibbles
Owned by: Duggan McDonnell
Cantina strives to create an 'environment that is equal parts Latin abode, Art Salon and Culinary Cocktail lounge'. In all honesty though, it just seemed a bit 'jungley', what with the snake skin attached to the wall near the bathrooms, indoor ferns, wicker lampshades and a big Jolly Roger stencilled onto the front window.
The back bar sums up the relaxed vibe at Cantina. This isn't the sort of slick establishment with neatly-placed bottles and alphabetically-arranged cocktail books. There's a happily shambolic feel - a bit like a granny's pantry shelf, groaning with acquisitions from over the years. Cocktail books sit horizontally and vertically amongst an array of bottles, uplit with tea lights.
Despite the chaos, the bartenders know how to find and use their ingredients quickly and well. If you're looking for somewhere good to hang out, Cantina is a fun and unpretentious bar.