BOE recently completed a tour of California, flying to San Francisco with Air France and taking in the beauty spots of South Tahoe, Sonoma, Santa Cruz and San Luis Obispo County. Here, we round up the luxe list of things to do, places to go, and what to eat and drink when in the incredible city of San Fran…
San Francisco is a city with many faces. Situated in Northern California, it’s close enough to Silicon Valley to be a hub for those who have made their wealth from the tech bubble; yet there’s also the hazy memory of its heyday as the centre for activism, the Sixties’ ‘Summer of Love’, and the gay rights movement. The food and wine offerings are sensational, and it wouldn’t be remiss to nominate it as America’s premier city for superb restaurants. Tourists will often be drawn to the austere menace of Alcatraz Island, the impressive grandeur of the Golden Gate Bridge, and the frivolous charm of the pastel Painted Ladies. Not only that, but it’s an easy and comfortable flight from London with Air France, making a hop across to the States more achievable than ever.
The result? A city where almost anything you could wish for is at your feet – and it is to your feet you should take, as San Francisco is best seen via a leisurely wander. With this in mind, we’ve collected a selection of recommendations for your trip, including plenty of places to saunter, snack, and of course pause for a sip of something chilled and boozy.
Cocktail Bars Too Good To Miss
…Another seriously good spot for an expertly-crafted cocktail is Cold Drinks, found in China Live, in the heart of Chinatown. This swanky bar has just the right amount of frivolous flair to ensure it treads the line between sophisticated and fun, and provides a great opportunity to get dressed up for a night on the tiles. Channelling the neon thrill of modern Shanghai with the sleek sexiness of old-school San Francisco, the drinks are definitely there to be sipped and appreciated – the focus on whiskey suggests this is a menu to be taken seriously. Each is seriously innovative, with the kind of flavour combinations that will intrigue your tastebuds. One example is the Old Fashioned Breakfast – a mixture of green onion-washed Speyburn, tequila, vermouth, gum syrup, Angostura bitters, and curry cocktail spice.
The space itself also evokes the excitement of a sultry speakeasy – the tubes of vintage-style filament bulbs cast a glow alongside the red neon; shutters are pulled down over the windows; there are retro chairs and rugs dotted about; even the bar tenders wear white tuxedos. For a glamorous escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, you can’t do much better. – BOE Best of Everything (05.29.18)