I absolutely love South at SF Jazz, and (my secret shame!) I've never actually attended a show there. I only go there for the cocktails. They're just oh so good, and if you sneak in after the show starts, you'll have the place all to yourself. But don't start going there––I like it when it's quiet. The cocktail menu is solid, below is a good chunk of it:
Vieux Carre––Rittenhouse 100 rye, Germain-Robin brandy, Cocchi vermouth di Torino, Benedictine, Peychaud’s and Angostura bitters on a hand cut ice cube. A classic Vieux Carre, nothing fancy, just a well done drink.
State Street Cocktail––Beefeaters gin, fresh pressed pineapple, pineapple gum, dolin blanc vermouth, celery bitters, soda. A refreshing cocktail that has more depth than many citrus-driven drinks thanks to the vermouth.
Derby Cocktail––Weller 107 bourbon, lemon, honey, cinnamon, Angostura bitters. Simple and classic. The honey is mind-blowing in this drink, mixing perfectly with the Weller 107 and bringing out some of its carmel notes.
Horse Thief Cocktail––Hayman’s Old Tom gin, Cocchi vermouth di Torino, absinth. The absinth and the Old Tom go so well together; each is spicy in a different way, activating different parts of your palate.
There are ample snacks and full entrees, if you're hungry. The cheesy grits were a perfect complement to the Horse Thief and the Vieux Carre.
The space itself is incredible, thanks to the huge windows:
South at SF Jazz
201 Franklin St.
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