Food & Drink

A knockout drinkery (plus a video starring that guy in the bald cap behind the bar)

Published On 10/11/2012 Published On 10/11/2012

Before you Don (a) Flamenco outfit, you might want to consider some plans other than Disco, Kid, because there's a brand new bar in town where you're gonna want to do a Little Mac-ing (and drinking), and it's called Soda Popinski's

From the dudes who brought you Tonic, Bullitt, Mayhem, and Lightning Tavern comes a fresh-faced Nob Hill drinkery sporting a 14-leather-backed-stool bar, hunting trophies (including a black bear shot by one of the owners' grandpas), and a comfy lounge area with a giant flatscreen hooked up to an operational NES system. And in case you didn't just come to play video games in public, but instead to play drinking games to video games in public, Popinski's has got four draft beers (Guinness, Racer 5, Scrimshaw Pilsner, Franziskaner Weissbier), plus not one, not two, but three liquors on tap, namely, Fernet, Bulleit, and a Canadian cinnamon liqueur called Fireball, which works great in everything except desert levels with those moving cactus baddies

If you want something a little more sophisticated, their slightly Russian-themed cocktail list includes boots of Moscow Mules and a double vodka neat, aptly named the Vodka Drunkenski, which was actually Soda's original name in Mike Tyson's Punch-Out before it was edited for being too racist. You know, unlike the Italian boxer Pizza Pasta.

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1. Soda Popinski 1548 California St, San Francisco, CA 94109 (Nob Hill)

This Russian-themed bar off of Polk Street is great for a gang of friends who are into dive bars, red-lighting, and pickle back shots. Soda Popinski has old-school Mario games to play and a “Russian Roulette"-- which, for the price of a nice cocktail, you can spin to win drink deals or a glass boot filled with a Moscow Mule. The bar also offers guest bartending for fundraising events, where all tips go to your charity of choice.



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