1: SINISTER OCCASION (COLD DRINKS AT CHINA LIVE, SAN FRANCISCO)
Sporting custom-carved tiles, velvet couches and massive windows overlooking the Transamerica Pyramid and Chinatown’s bustling Broadway Street, Cold Drinks, which is hidden upstairs from modern Chinese restaurant China Live, soft-opened in August, feeling like an escape to Shanghai or Hong Kong. The menu is a whisky journey through the range of scotch’s possibilities in cocktails. The Sinister Occasion woos the non-scotch drinker and aficionado alike with Speyburn 10-year-old single-malt scotch, creamy-cool with yogurt, Giffard Banane du Brésil liqueur, Rinomato aperitivo, honey and a kick of earthy spice from chocolate and habanero bitters. – Luquor.com (09.29.17)