For whatever reason––probably the shininess––the exterior of Bottle Cap has always interested me. I hadn't gone until very recently, though, when a friend suggested we all go their for cocktails. I was surprised since I'd heard that there are only two or three places to get a decent cocktail in North Beach, and Bottle Cap was never one of them. Feeling adventurous, I opted to go and was pleasantly surprised.
The atmosphere inside is casual, with a touch of intentional kitsch that I found fun.
Trifecta--Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Vya sweet vermouth, and Pür Spice Blood Orange Liqueur.
The orange spice works nicely with the Buffalo Trace, and the sweet vermouth adds a needed depth. I found it a touch sweet, but still tasty.
Dr. No-- Flor De Cańa Dark 7yr. Rum, Smith & Cross Jamaican Rum, Housemade Pineapple syrup, Falernum, Orgeat, Lime Juice, Ginger Beer, Bitters.
Whenever I see a Tiki drink on a menu I have to try it. It's a thing. This is a solid cocktail, but I found it a little weak for a Tiki drink. A touch more rum would have given it the stiffness it needed to hold up to the other ingredients. Otherwise, a nice cocktail all around.
Oaxaca Old Fashioned Espolon Reposado Tequila, Del Maguey Vida Mezcal, Agave Nectar, Mole Bitters
Another very solid drink. I think this is one of Bottle Cap's strengths. The drinks may not be avant garde or meticulously crafted (read: take forever to make), but they're solid. It's hard to go wrong with a Mezcal old fashioned.
I was really surprised by the food. I had pierogi, which seemed like an obvious choice once I learned the chef is Polish. It was actually incredible. Flavorful in ways we don't often get in California, hearty, and warming, this dish impressed the hell out of me.
If you're lucky, you'll get some music. On weekend evenings there's a professional. When he leaves beware, you're in for "Heart and Soul:"
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