Alembic

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Address
1725 Haight Street,
(btwn Cole & Shrader Sts),
San Francisco,
CA 94117
California
United States

Tel:
+1 415 666 0822

Hours:
Daily: 12pm-1am

Door:
Go early

Style:
Gastro bar

Recommended for:
Cocktails

Price guide:
Middling

Food:
Plates & dishes

Review By Simon Difford on 16/08/2013

In its former life, the bar-top at Alembic was a group of baseball benches from the local stadium, which explains the embossed seat numbers on the wooden bar, and adds to the wholesome all-American feel at Alembic. There are filament-exposed bulbs hanging from the ceiling, and handwritten chalk blackboards which list the bar's spirits.

The cocktail menu is divided into two groups, on one page is 'The Canon,' listing classic cocktails like Sazeracs or Old Fashioneds; on the other is a 'New School' list of original drinks, including 'The Vow of Silence' - claiming to be 'responsible for breaking more than one vow', and the very north American Pumpkin v.3.14.

The bar snacks at Alembic were memorable - in particular the jerk-spiced duck hearts with pickled pineapple and thyme salt ($5). It's also worth noting the interesting cheese selection which ranged from Spanish Idiazsbal to California's Bellwether Carmody. All eventualities are catered for in this warm and homely bar - it's the little touches that make the difference, right down to the lumps of cucumber flavouring the tap water.

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