Classic


Bergerac

San Francisco-South of Market

4.2 / 5

May 11, 2018

Nothing whatsoever to do with John Nettles or Jersey, the name is a reference to the mansion where the Rolling Stones recorded Exile on Main Street.

Nothing whatsoever to do with John Nettles or Jersey, the name is a reference to the mansion where the Rolling Stones recorded Exile on Main Street. All warm wood and plush, welcoming sofas, Bergerac is a slick cocktail bar located in the SoMa nightlife district, right across the street from Bar Agricole and Slim’s. It’s a large one-room venue, very sociable and casual, comfy yet top quality, with serious drinks served by top-flight bartenders. These guys really know what they’re doing and the lengthy drinks menu is divided into sections labelled ‘approachable’ and ‘complex’, so you know what you’re getting. There are cocktails here to please both the choosy and those who want something easy drinking to get their night started. From the Approachable section we like the sound of the Juliet and Romeo, a mix of Beefeater Gin, lime, sugar, cucumber, mint, Angostura Bitters, salt, and rose water; from the Complex, it’s the Live and Let Die that’s lighting our fire, a deep red drink, blending coconut oil-washed Campari with La Diablada pisco, sweet vermouth, and Fruit Loops foam (got to love that). There’s even a ß-Communal Handshaken Cocktailsß- section of drinks served in pitcher-style shakers. The menu is the handiwork of Russell Davis, of Ice Cream Bar fame, best known for his guest spot on the television show Bar Rescue. His team includes some of the fastest bartenders in the country, most of whom are also employed at the nightclub Audio Discotech upstairs. [Last photograph by Natalie Darville]