Nothing fun ever happens on a school night. School nights are about homework and getting a good night’s sleep. But one San Francisco bar is changing all of that. The recently opened School Night serves drinks only on school nights—Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
A partnership between legendary SF chef Traci Des Jardins and The Pearl, a local event space, School Night’s bar program is helmed by Enrique Sanchez (also of Arguello). The bar is open Sunday through Wednesday, from 5 p.m. to 12 a.m. and used as a private event space Thursday through Saturday. The cocktail menu is divided into three sections: Pisco, Agave and Whiskey—it’s a liquid representation of Sanchez’s journey from his home country of Peru to America, with his love of Mexico and all things agave thrown in for good measure. All of the drinks are approachable, but they’re also extremely eye-catching. Sanchez adds dashes of bright color to cocktails with things like vibrant hibiscus ice (frozen hibiscus tea) and even garnishes one drink with a school crossing sign set onto the top of the cocktail in bitters. Because, at the end of a work day, you need a little extra something to keep you going.
While anything on Sanchez’s menu would be a good pick for any day of the week, we caught up with him to get the lowdown on the drinks he, as an expert “school night” bartender, thinks are best for each day—Sunday through Wednesday (Thursday is an honorary weekend night, it seems). Here’s your weekly drinking schedule: