Bacchus Kirk – Nob Hill
My memories of long ago visits to Bacchus Kirk are blurry images of chain smoking while packed like a sardine into the tiny smoking “room” and drinking achingly sweet cocktails until being kicked out at last call. Stopping in on a recent Sunday was a much mellower, more pleasant experience. The bar was empty except for one regular and a couple friends of the bartender. No one seemed in the mood to chat with an outsider, but I enjoyed watching Law and Order with the other patrons, a show I had never seen before but that I found ridiculous and great for watching while buzzed.
The bar’s interior is an odd mix of neighborhood dive bar and swanky, modern log cabin that actually works quite well and gives it a lush, yet comfy vibe. The lamps are low and red and there is dark wood everywhere. The drinks weren’t cheap, (there weren’t any daytime Sunday drink specials,) but there’s a good selection of beer on tap and lots of sugary cocktails on menu for those so inclined.
It’s hard to imagine what the nighttime scene might be from a daytime visit, but the bar is quite spacious and seems well suited to large groups of drinkers, and the inside is much more inviting than the exterior might lead one to believe.
(between Jones St & Taylor St)
San Francisco, CA 94109