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The Mission Has Only Just Begun

 And it's only getting better.

Four of the inventive drinks at True Laurel: From left, the Quinine Cobbler, the Bae Breeze, the Humps for Boulevard, and the Prata-tat. 

 

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In terms of quantity, the Mission district has never been underserved for drinking venues. Quality, on the other hand, has been a bit more elusive.

But recent months have brought us a critical mass of haute cocktail bars and restaurants. Obispo promises to be a tiki-phobic cocktail bar serving “rum classics from our favorite books,” according to owner Thad Vogler. True Laurel, from the Lazy Bear team, features a cocktail tasting bar (like a chef’s table) with bar director Nicolas Torres strutting his stuff. The Beehive, in the former Range restaurant on Valencia, will be adding a second bar and mid-century-style cocktail lounge serving 1960s-influenced food and “playful” cocktails to wash down all the fondue. A couple blocks down, Bon Voyage!, taking the former home of Slanted Door and Wo Hing General Store, is the second stand-alone cocktail bar from Trick Dog’s Bon Vivants. Closer to Potrero, Tartine Manufactory announced that its new liquor license would be put to good use by L.A. star cocktail consultant Julian Cox. Add these new venues to Trick Dog, Beretta, Loló, Wildhawk, the Hideout at Dalva, and ABV, and the Mission has become the best drinking neighborhood in the city. But for quality this time around.

 

Originally published in the February issue of San Francisco 

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