We went to a few San Francisco Bars and the one that really stood out for us is Whitechapel Gin Bar located in the Tenderloin area of San Francisco. We were actually told to avoid Tenderloin by all means especially in the evenings and after walking one of the streets, I really understood why. Tenderloin used to be an affluent area, however, now it has the highest amount of homelessness on the street and it’s not considered to be one of the safest areas.
There are few San Francisco bars located here that are actually quite cool especially the Whitechapel. Also by this time on our trip, I felt little homesick so it could be the fact that this cool bar was modeled on London’s Whitechapel area drawing inspiration from London’s underground. Whitechapel has over 500 gin types and their cocktail list was way to advance to remember what we had.
I remember basing my cocktails on Hendricks Gin and other sweet ingredients but not sweet and our waiter was so amazing that he figured us out down to a T. Service is extremely amazing here to the point where they knew the menu inside and out but let me tell you, their menu is not filled with you standard Cosmopolitan and Old Fashion but The Queen Mother, Dutch Nemesis and Narc Angel amongst many others, you can have a look HERE. Quite sophisticated indeed.
The bar is very much speakeasy style with dimmed lights and quiet atmosphere, perfect location for a date or a more cozy evening out sipping cocktails in one of their vintage inspired booths. Food wise the menu had a selection of smaller bar snack and dishes. I opted for Queen’s Green Salad with stuffed squash blossom, purslane, spicy stone fruit, charred okra and Routemaster Burger with tickler cheddar, horseradish aioli, tomato marmalade add fresh jalapeño gratis. You can have a look at the MENU HERE.
Out of all the San Francisco bars we visited, this one stood out despite its location. The atmosphere is so cool, the menu more than interesting and the food delicious although portions are not overly big but it’s a bar menu.