San Francisco-Dubace Triangle
May 11, 2018
The name is a distortion of ‘martini’ and if you taste a few of their straight-up specials you’ll be doing quite a bit of distorting yourself. A popular after-work spot situated between the Castro and Downtown, you enter a large main bar complete with long wood counter where various wise-cracking regulars bounce the banter with the bar staff (though we’ve heard reports that the service can be slightly hit or miss, so if you’re after the slick experience of a high end bar you may come away disappointed). The place to be, though, is through a curtained divider at the back which opens up to reveal a rollicking piano bar space. Broadway tunes and scat specials are tinkled by talented local artists who offer different styles of music every night and after a few of the generously poured Pineapple-tinis and Dirty Martinis you’ll feel no shame in singing along with them, so the atmosphere is certainly lively. The drinks on offer include a whole load of twists on the classics the Dragon Fruit Martini comes recommended, as does the fig version. Drinks aren’t especially cheap but they are well-made and pack a punch, so you’re unlikely to feel short-changed, though you might feel a tad unsteady. It’s not a huge place but tends not to get overly busy except at very peak times, and the low lighting gives it a charming, romantic vibe so you can bring along a date and then serenade them with sweet nothings by the piano. Barman, make mine a martuni!