Drink James Beard–Worthy Cocktails at Bar Agricole
If their New American–style brunch and dinner menus don’t tempt you to Bar Agricole, in SOMA, maybe their recent James Beard Award nomination for Outstanding Bar Program will.
Cocktails run at $11 across the board, and head bartenders Thad Vogler and Eric Johnson make sure their creative concoctions are worth your money. Try a Sleepyhead (brandy, ginger, mint, lime, and sparkling water) or a Bellamy Scotch Sour (blended scotch, lemon, honey, bitters, and egg white).
Bar Agricole is open Tuesdays through Thursdays and on Sundays from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. The bar opens at 5 p.m. It's also open for brunch on Sundays from 11 a.m.
In San Francisco the bartenders are “artisans” and "mixologists." Each cocktail bar has its own special take on a Manhattan, and most places concoct their own imaginative drinks using unusual ingredients, but you can always get a good, classic gin and tonic if that's what you want. Cocktail lovers should grab a bar stool at Bar Agricole to watch bartenders stir and melt larger-than-the-glass ice cubes into cocktail glasses for their House Old Fashioned. The tattooed bartenders at Alembic take their time in making you cocktails chosen from a menu almost as pretty as the drinks. For those wanting to learn the trade, the Boothby Center for the Beverage Arts in San Francisco offers classes.
A LEED certified restaurant in San Francisco's SOMA neighborhood, Bar Agricole is modern and minimalistic in both design and dishes. The architecture is urban and there is an agricultural emphasis on the food—things like unique cocktails with herbs from their terrace garden. The restaurant will satisfy your eyes and conscience as well as your belly.