If you don't consider yourself much of a cognac-connoisseur, here's your chance to discover what you're missing. Join us during our Cognac Week celebrations, from 2/26 to 3/13, to sample exclusive cocktails from some excellent San Francisco drinking establishments. Read on for a rundown of these sip-worthy libations, and be sure to save the venues in your own personal list for maximum bar-hopping efficiency.
Try Exclusive Cognac Week Cocktails at These San Francisco Bars
Rémy Side Car
The Pear Street Bistro
What's in it: Rémy Martin VSOP, Cointreau, fresh lemon juice, a splash of sweet & sour, simple syrup, & a sugar rim
What's in it: Rémy Martin 1738, Carpano Antica, St. George Apple Brandy, Benedictine, 2 dashes of Bitter Truth, Jerry Thomas bitters, with expressed orange peel garnish
What's in it: Rémy 1738, sous vide with heirloom carrots, lemon juice, toasted fennel honey
Burritt Room & Tavern
What's in it: Rémy 1738, white port, apple spice, cordial
King Louis Swizzle
What's in it: Rémy 1738, Genepy des Alpes liqueur, velvet Falernum liqueur, pineapple juice, lime juice
House of Shields
What's in it: Rémy 1738 Cognac, Carpano Antica vermouth, Sazerac Rye, Peychaud's bitters
Le Beau Maroc
What's in it: Rémy 1738, Bonal Gentiane-Quina Aperitif wine, Lucano Amaro liqueur, Harissa-infused maraschino
What's in it: Rémy 1738, amaro, Giffard Menthe-Pastille, Angosutra bitters
1. Pear Street Bistro2395 San Pablo Ave, Pinole
2. Mourad140 New Montgomery St, San Francisco
3. House of Shields39 New Montgomery St, San Francisco
4. Drexl382 19th St, Oakland
5. Beretta1199 Valencia St, San Francisco
6. Burritt Room417 Stockton St, San Francisco
7. Churchill198 Church St, San Francisco
8. Brass Tacks488 Hayes St, San Francisco
A bistro offering unique cocktails, serving lunch, dinner, and brunch.
Mourad Lahlou is one of the best chefs in the country. The Iron Chef America alum opened the Michelin-starred Aziza in 2001 and in 2015, took a step up with Mourad, which now also boasts a Michelin star. This is fine Moroccan cuisine, cross-pollinated with the best of what California has to offer. The Moroccan family-style dining dishes (La’Acha), like a 72-hour braised short rib, are a memorable experience.
A former gentlemen's club where women were not allowed (unless they were prostitutes) until 1976, House of Shields also operated as an actual speakeasy during Prohibition, with an underground passageway connecting it to the Palace Hotel. Presidential side note: Warren Harding was known to go super hard here. Today the lack of TVs/clocks make this the ultimate FiDi bar for happy hour drinks that turn into nightcaps.
This cocktail bar in Oakland is one of the more sultry spots to go before a show at the Fox.
Since its opening in 2008, Beretta has been a fixture of the Mission Italian food scene, churning out awesome pizzas (we see you prosciutto di parma, tomato, arugula, and mozzarella), creative antipasti (don’t miss the walnut bread with burrata and mushroom-truffle honey), osso buco risotto, and more. Come here with a group so you can order an array of dishes to share, and wash it all down with a digestif. Oh, and if the pie-cravings hit you in the AM, you can get that pizza topped with a fried egg and sip on Aperol Spritzes at an outdoor table.
Located inside the Mystic Hotel, this place serves up handcrafted cocktails in a true speakeasy-style setting. The adjoining Burritt Tavern has a menu loaded with gourmet American cuisine, and there are special areas to accommodate both small and large parties, so go in with a group and prepare to be impressed.
Named after Sir Winston, Churchill's a WWII-inspired drinkery from the dudes behind Bloodhound and Double Dutch, set on quenching your thirst in a space replete with industrial lighting pulled from a factory in Belgium, massive metal pipes that double as pillars, and dozens of shipyard-thick ropes hanging loosely from the ceiling above the bar.