San Francisco-Financial District
May 11, 2018
Named after its jazz enthusiast owner Doug ‘Bix’ Biederbeck, this gorgeous bar has been voted one of the best bars in America by Playboy whether you think that’s a curse or a commendation will likely depend on your view of Hugh Hefner and his empire, but even if you query the relevance of old men in dressing gowns and girls in bunny ears, this venue has a certain slick charm. Hidden down hard-to-find Gold Street, this two-storey bar and restaurant boasts vast ceilings and ornate décor which give it a smoky sophistication that’s part Great Gatsby, part Cotton Club it’s hardly surprising the place has had a starring role in a number of movies, as it aptly conjures glamour from a bygone age. A sultry jazz singer in evening gown continues the Charleston-era theme, while food is supper club spectacular. You’ve been transported into an F Scott Fitzgerald short story and martinis are naturally your drink of choice well, OK, if they’re not your thing, there’s still plenty to tempt you. It might seem hubristic to offer a drink called the Bix Perfect Manhattan, but they might just be right; or why not try the gin-based Blossom Dearie or the vodka based Nikolo? Or, if that all seems terribly hard work, just go for a glass of champagne from a concise but well-chosen selection. Food is locally sourced with an emphasis on quality, chemical- and hormone-free produce (Bix has a stated commitment to local farmers), and includes oysters, market-fresh fish, and high quality meat prepared by chefs Bruce Hill and Eric Lowe.
What their peers say
“Behind an unassuming door on a side street lies a grand cocktail room, with ample bar and balcony seating. It has the feel of a classic supper club, and quickly rose from being a new bar to a San Francisco insiders’ secret.” Anistatia Miller and Jared Brown of Mixellany Ltd.