A note on gin bars

Local rum bar Smuggler’s Cove is opening a gin bar.

Right!? (Just kidding, Smuggler’s Cove rules and I’m sure they’ll do a great job with gin too.) (But goddamn, I hate gin.)

33 Responses to “A note on gin bars”

  1. sfnola says:

    You can’t call yourself a real drinker and hate gin.

  2. Give some of the fancy cocktails a try — you might be surprised.

    Actually, I hate $12-13 drinks, but everybody’s gotta splurge once in a while.

    • Sam says:

      Smugglers cove is actually really reasonably priced. They only have a few cocktails at that price point, and they involve fresh squeezed juices, random liquor, and a house gin specially made for them by St. George. They could raise their prices for sure, but don’t, which is respectable.

      In other news, people should come to third rail in the dogpatch for well priced and good cocktails. Prizefighter in Emeryville is another one.

  3. troll says:

    so there are people that don’t enjoy martini’s?!

  4. RedPill says:

    Love Gin! Can’t wait!

  5. Tuffy says:

    I’ve been on the Gin and Tonic diet this summer. So far I’ve lost 3 days.

  6. Gilligan says:

    Smugglers Cove is the WORST and if people who like it can just continue drinking there exclusively that would be great.

  7. Herr Doktor Professor Deth Vegetable says:

    Gin is the worst. It tastes like rancid pine needles.

  8. timbo says:

    If you hate gin why do you always order gin and tonics on the ferry?

  9. Allan Hough says:

    Btw right after writing this post I went to Trick Dog and had the two gin drinks on the current menu. As penance I guess. They were okay.

  10. Tom says:

    I don’t think the American palet is suited to gin, in general.
    Historically, the G’n'T was a…how to put this in current terms.. a PrEP, guarding one ostensibly from malaria.
    Hence, as a child brought up in England, this precaution, as well as being a mild sedative, was very efficasious as a substitue for mother’s milk, and I did indeed never catch malaria.

    A previous comment referenced the Vesper; also known to a few as “The Perfect Russian.” This, to me, is truly the most potent cocktail available. Were one to consume twelve, as did Bond, one has to tip one’s hat to such pefect self control in the face of normally obliterating alcoholic poisoning.

  11. C.R.E.A.M. says:

    Gin is my go-to cocktail spirit nowadays. I feel like there are a lot more things you can do with it than you can with a whiskey or bourbon.

    If you’re having trouble jumping on the gin bandwagon, go somewhere and ask for a Martinez to get your feet wet. The only places I really trust them to make me a solid Martinez these days are RN74 (seriously), Maven in the Lower Haight, and the place on Polk that is the new koko cocktails, which I can’t remember the name of. Ask for it with Ransom Old Tom and thank me later.

    83 Proof on 1st and Mission even has (or did have) a barrel-aged version of a Martinez, but that place sucks any time of the day you go in.

    Or, just have two or three Last Words and you can forget you ever had gin in the first place.