Monday, January 6, 2014
Thieves Tavern: Casual bar, serious whiskey
Thieves Tavern is one of the reasons I love San Francisco. When you first walk in, you think you're in a neighborhood dive bar, nothing more. There are some pool tables, a good jukebox, a photo booth, and a bunch of PBR. The crowd, even on a Saturday night, is lively but not overwhelming. As far as dives go, Thieves Tavern is perfect. But there's more to this place than meets the eye. Besides the divey goodness, Thieves Tavern also has an enormous, eclectic selection of whiskeys from around the world.
When I asked our bartender––an impossibly nice guy named Brendan––for a menu, he said, "No can do, no menus. We've got a wide selection of whiskey. Tell me what tastes you like and a price range, and I'll make some suggestions." I opted for sub-$12, peaty scotch. He brought down these guys:
Even though it was moderately busy, Brendan patiently and knowledgeably indulged my annoying questions (without being condescending) and kindly offered to let me taste a few before I committed. 10/10!
496 14th St