San Francisco-Outer San Francisco
May 11, 2018
Bernal Heights’ laid back new drinking spot, Holy Water, is a welcome addition to an otherwise fairly quiet neighbourhood. The new venture from the guys behind Churchill in Mid-Market, this is stylish, even whimsical, little bar, with decanters doubling as light fittings and chandeliers made out of old books suspended from, a cool cloud-covered ceiling. There’s a small scattering of tall tables as well as an array of stools around the bar for those who want to watch the bartenders in action. A mural on the wall depicts a group of people about to be baptised. The cocktail list is a compact one (just ten drinks, which is kind of apt), and it places an emphasis on classic drinks like the Boulevardier, while also including a few more contemporary creations. The Search for the Holy Gimlet is a refreshing gin-and-cucumber concoction and they serve a mellow maraschino-laced Turf Club. A classic Old Fashioned and a Singapore Sling also feature on the menu. The standard of drinks is high and the bar is well stocked with quality spirits, as well as a decent list of beers and wines. The vibe is friendly, relaxed and accessible, and it’s quickly become a popular local hang out as a result.