The space housing longtimer Elixir opened as a saloon way back in 1858. H. Joseph Ehrmann’s corner bar is intimate and low-key, with sports on the TV, beers on draft and one of the largest whiskey selections around (grown to more than 500 in all categories from scotch to American whiskey).

THE DRINK TO DRINK: Be transported to aperitif hour in Spain or Portugal sipping Spanish vermut on the rocks or a Port & Tonic, or try a house cocktail like Duncan’s Secret Swizzle, mixing chamomile-tea-infused pisco with falernum, lemon, clover honey and The Bitter Truth Creole bitters.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Ehrmann and crew select their own house barrels with some exciting whiskeys, but in a nod to Spain/Europe, they have been growing their vermouth selection and offer a Spanish-style Gin & Tonic on draft.

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3200 16th St.
San Francisco, CA 94103


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