Redwood Room (address and info)
Though the Redwood Room is one of the oldest bars in the city, Anthony Kim keeps things not-at-all-old with a continuously evolving menu with subtle nods to the city’s cocktail history.
Specialty cocktail: Pan-Pacific Sling. In honor of the CLIFT’s centennial, it fuses elements of the Pisco Punch, a San Francisco classic, with a Singapore Sling, which was created in 1915, the same year that San Francisco hosted the Pan-Pacific Exposition and that CLIFT Hotel opened. It contains Campo de Encanto pisco, pineapple gomme syrup, Cherry Heering, lemon juice, and a touch of Fernet Branca as a nod to current-day San Francisco.
Where he drinks when he's not working: "I'm partial to a classic Boulevardier, plus I love stopping by ABV, Dirty Habit, Blackbird, Comstock Saloon, Elixir, or Smuggler's Cove and trying all the great cocktails created by the talented Bay Area bar community. That being said, you can't beat Philosophers Club for a shot and a beer."
What he loves about San Francisco: "I love the idea of San Francisco. I love that it's a place where weird is good, where people come to build their dreams, where anything seems possible. And while the reality of living here can sometimes be difficult, I love that it's a place that continues to attract dreamers."