Photo by Lisa Corson, AFAR Media
Pacific Cocktail Haven
It’s almost as if Kevin Diedrich is hiding in plain sight. The expert barman used to command the bars at BDK, Jasper’s, and Burritt Room before opening up Pacific Cocktail Haven, his own tiki-inspired bar near Union Square, which serves up reasonably priced cocktails to locals and tourists alike. Add to that the low-key interiors, and you might think he’s out to prove that all that really matters are the drinks. And his drinks really matter. Cocktail connoisseurs slip in to Pacific Cocktail Haven alongside disoriented tourists, ask Diedrich to mix them something special, and head to the quiet back room, away from the glow of neon above the bar. And they know that if they see Diedrich duck out from behind the bar, he’s probably heading to the basement for three different freezers of specialty styles of ice, including spears, shavings, and custom branded Pacific Cocktail Haven rocks. The latter show up in drinks like the Miso Old-Fashioned, a mix of miso-butter-infused Bacardi rum, Pommeau, and bitters. In the know or not, everyone gets the good stuff here. Showy bowls of punch like the Pimm’s Explosion may be crowd-pleasers, but with Pimm’s No. 1, Beefeater, ginger beer, fresh strawberries, cucumber, and mint, what’s not to love?
By Erin Feher
580 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94108, USA
Sun, Mon 5pm - 12am
Tue - Thur 5pm - 2am
Fri, Sat 4pm - 2am