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San Francisco-Dubace Triangle

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May 11, 2018

San Francisco isn't short on bars but this one, right in the heart of the Castro, more than holds its own. Though located in the city's famous gay district...

San Francisco isn’t short on bars but this one, right in the heart of the Castro, more than holds its own. Though located in the city’s famous gay district the history of which was celebrated in Gus van Sant’s Oscar winning movie Milk the bar attracts a mixed crowd. The owners have gone for a European wine bar feel with red walls dotted with framed photographs and quirky artworks and a warm, relaxed atmosphere. The wine list is well put together, with prices veering from the reasonable to the wallet wilting choose from over 120 wines by the bottle or 50 by the glass, though don’t worry if the choice feels overwhelming, the staff are always happy to steer you to the right choice for your palate. There’s also a decent beer selection, mixing local brews with Belgian imports. The food focuses on quality, artisanal produce and is prepared in-house, with an emphasis on imported produce think French cheeses, Italian meats and Spanish seafood. We’d say try one of the platters if you’re feeling seriously peckish. It’s also a relaxed spot for brunch at weekends, when it’s open from noon (most days opening hours are 4pm-1.30am) if you’re feeling decadent you can accompany your meal with a bottomless mimosa for just 9 bucks. Priding itself on being a supporter of arts in the neighbourhood, Blush also hosts live music every Tuesday and Thursday, and, slightly improbably, French improv theatre once a month. There are also regularly changing art exhibitions. All in all, Blush is a fantastic neighbourhood asset.