San Franciscans looking for the next chic speakeasy should head to Chinatown.
SF’s massive new food and shopping emporium China Live is opening a hidden upstairs lounge called Cold Drinks, where discerning cocktail hounds will find a sleek black marble bar and tuxedo-clad bartenders. Low-lighting and seriously boozy cocktails inspired by the flavors of Chinatown add to the Prohibition-era vibe.
Led by beverage director Duggan McDonnell, the bar overlooks bustling Broadway and will focus on whiskey cocktails.
“There are a lot of people who find scotch inapproachable. In order for it to be fun, it needs to have things people like to order—every cocktail needs to be a bridge to a new audience,” McDonnell told Eater.
Interested drinkers should get ready to spend a pretty penny for the experience. Cocktails start at around $16. And while Cold Drinks has yet to offer a food menu, a smattering of available snacks will be available soon.
Cold Drinks hasn’t officially opened, but is currently serving up drinks nightly from 4pm to 1am. Follow the bar on Instagram (@colddrinksbar) for more updates. – Time Out SF (07.07.17)