With the departure of bar greats Jeff Hollinger and Jonny Raglin, who opened Comstock Saloon and provided its heart and style back in 2010, bar fiends worried about the fate of Comstock. But the striking Victorian-era bar, with two rooms marked by antique mahogany bars and a Victorian lounge with wood-burning stove, remains a destination. New chef Michael Miller is cooking smart dishes, like house-made beer sausage with pitch-perfect beignets dusted in malted milk and mustard powder. And the staff ensures quality cocktails and friendly service. Located on the Barbary Coast trail in a 1907 building, Comstock perfectly expresses S.F.’s legendary drinking history.
THE DRINK TO DRINK: It’s all about the classics, including many Charles H. Baker obscurities. One of the instant classics is the Cherry Bounce, a tart refresher of bourbon, cherry brandy, lemon and Angostura bitters topped with Champagne.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Under lazily rotating vintage ceiling fans, listen to some of the best live jazz in the city from duos and trios playing in the upstairs balcony overlooking the bar.