Culture Paris/San Francisco — 28/02/2017 at 17:00

The best speakeasy in San Francisco

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Anna-Weinberg-and-Jake-Mogelson

Anna Weinberg and Jake Mogelson

Prohibition may be over, but San Francisco is still a sucker for secrecy. Welcome to the boozy realm of secret passwords, trick doors, alleyway buzzers and basement hideaways. From clandestine back rooms to intimate apothecary dens to a literal bank vault, here’s where to find high-end craft cocktails in an uncommonly secluded setting.

When Marianne’s first opened in 2013, it was maddeningly exclusive: only members—namely, investors and well-heeled friends of the owners-could gain access to the weekly-changing key code at the door. Thankfully, in 2016 the policy was loosened to let in the public. Now sophisticated tipplers can gain entry with a reservation and a $25 deposit. Head down the alleyway adjacent to Hotel Zetta until you see the pink door to your left. Inside, the candlelit, 20-seat bar is elegant and cozy, decked out by designer Ken Fulk with oil paintings, banquettes, fresh flowers and taxidermy. (It’s far from stuffy: guests are encouraged to nab decks of cards and games lining the bookshelf.) Cocktails are named after throwback songs—Major Top, Purple Rain, Freedom—with the soundtrack to match.

Marianne’s / 360 Jessie St / San Francisco / Tue-Wed 5:30pm-12am, Thu-Sat 5:30pm-1:30am, closed Sun-Mon


Source : timeout.com

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