San Francisco-Western Addition
May 11, 2018
There’s little better than a ice cold glass of beer on a hot day, something they understand at Brass Tacks. Beer is central to the appeal of this new Hayes Valley venue which replaces popular gay bar Marlena’s, after the retirement of Garry ß-Marlenaß- McLain (the new owners have McLain’s blessing). Sure it’s stylish, what with its leather banquettes and that distinctive floor made from wood reclaimed from an old tobacco barn, the striking chandelier of hand-blown glass and the polished walnut bar. But the design plays second fiddle to the bar’s principal function as a cool, friendly spot in which to sink a couple of cold ones. They’ve got eight different beers on tap plus a couple of cans and a bunch of bottled options; their bottles are mainly from Belgium, though they also carry Icelandic and Japanese white ales. Oh and there’s a cocktail list too, with drinks including things like the On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, a mix of scotch, Bénédictine and amontillado, a complex and grown up concoction; the same can be said of The Conversation, which pairs rye with root syrup and orange bitters, and the Junco Partner, a sweet-sharp blend of rum, chocolate bitters and lime. There’s a trio of Californian wines on tap, one red, one white, one rose, and a couple of ciders. Be sure to check out their jukebox.