Location: 355 11th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Tel: (415) 355-9400
Agricole rum, made from pure can sugar (not molasses). This new joint opened in August 2010. I'd anxiously been awaiting its revealing, having known about its clandestine R&D beginnings a year prior from fellow friend and hot Ducati rider Eric Johnson, who is a Mixologist here. These guys take their drinks seriously (but still fun!). Backgrounds from San Francisco speakeasy Bourbon and Branch gives you an idea... though its not the place that makes the drink. Its the Mixologist. All the way.
When other Sommeliers frequent a place for meetings, deal closings, or just to grab a drink, then you know that establishment is solid. Bar Agricole is this kind of place. Casual conversations taking place over bar area and tables frequently revolve around industry knowledge of food, wine and spirits and who or what is creatively pushing the envelope, carving new areas of opportunity.
Cutting to the chase, why is Bar Agricole such a cool joint? Because their drinks are refined, they specialize in fine rum and tequila, its one of 3 places in the city that has that sexy square block ice (Bar Agricole makes their own, my favorite of the 3), and the Mixologists know what they're doing, and do it without being a snob. Patrons come here and are well taken care of enveloped in the height of fine spirits education - yet never pretentious. I absolutely love this about San Francisco. Only the very best of fine food and wine atmosphere but still casual cool, swanky, high street and hip. Freedom loving vibe. That's San Francisco for you. No other way to live.
Funny as I write this blog... another Master Somm friend pings me asking me what time I was at Bar Agricole last night as he got there around 1030pm PST. told you. This is the place if you want genuine good drink.
Quickly and finally - the sole reason I come here is for their Ti Punch. Ain't nuthin punchy about this drink. Pure 50 proof white agricole and lime zest, served on one solid block of defrosting ice. They've got other fine, high end cocktail creations too... of the tequila, brandy, and whisky likes. I love them all. Though if forced to choose, I'll take the agricole rum. Because it's rare and tastes like tamarind....
Thanks Eric Johnson and team for masterminding this place. Knowing palates like Soledad's applaud and bow down. 5 solid drinks down last night and no hang over. That's cuz it was the good shit. Dam straight. Well, off for my morning run! Cheers all and big bisous, from the world of Sole.
TI PUNCH: with white agricole and lime zest.
BOURBON OLD FASHIONED: with two bitters.
PRESIDENTE: Haitian rum, farmhouse curacao, grenadine, orange bitters.
RHUM DANDY: with white agricole, sweet vermouth, lime, and absinthe.
Bar agricole main dining floor.
LONG RHUM BUCK: with ginger and lime.
Bar agricole secret sauces.... labeled just as in an apothecary...
Mixing spoons and straw in one. Silver. First time introduced to such. LIKE.
TEQUILA COCKTAIL: with sweet vermouth, stonefruit bitters, and orange.
The fresh fruits for the mixologists' concoctions.