Best Cocktails!. I found this place by accident and have been so happy ever since! The 5-Spice Margarita is to die for and if tequila isn't your thing- no worries. The bartenders at Cantina will make something just your style.
Will never go back, overrate and crowded. This place is very small and couldn't even move around because it was overcrowded....way over their max capacity. Couldn't get a single drink at the bar...me or my boyfriend. I gave up on ordering drinks and the bartender was rude stating wait your turn when I tryed to put in my drink order after a 15 min. wait. The DJ was also rude, I was celebrating a friends bday party and he refused to play a song that I wanted to dedicate to them. He said you need to tip if you want something, this America...nothings for free. And then he went on to shout out the same statement over the microphone to the entire club. He also under his breath says you should be dancing..this is a dance club when i was at the bar trying to get a drink...how can you dance in a place that you can't even move around in. What a jerk!!! I'm mean really is that how you should treat your patrons. This place could be cool if their staff were friendly and they didnt allow the place to be so dang crowded. Oh and their drinks are overpriced but Im used to that living in the bay area. Enter at your own dissatisfaction.
Best place to bring your closest friends. Lights, food e drinks are perfect, but the place could be a little bigger, besides that, everything is perfect!
Was here over a week ago on a Saturday, and while I realize it was busy for them, the bar staff werent taking ANY orders or paying attention to anyone. What more is there were four employees behind the bar!! In fact we were sitting at the bar, and this one guy was putting glasses in the washing machine and didnt pay any mind to us even though we were literally in front of him!! Ten minutes we waited and even the people next to us werent acknolwedged. It was crowded but Ive been to bars twice as crowded with less emplyoees that were more receptive to the clientele.
Maybe they got arrogant after being put on Esquire Magazines top bars in the US list.
The cocktail is an art form at this TenderNob bar, made with fresh, exotic ingredients and hard-to-find Latin American spirits by mixologists with skills and meticulousness more akin to chefs than bar.
SF's superstar mixologist Duggan McDonnell runs this nationally recognized mixology bar, where one-of-a-kind drinks--Laughing Buddha: buddha's hand vodka, lime, crushed ginger & serrano chiles, ginger brew; Milk of Millenia: açai liqueur, mae de ouro cachaça, muddled mint & ginger, lemon, agave nectar, ginseng drizzle--are par for the course. Cocktails are served by the glass or the pitcher (be patient; everything is made from scratch) to a crowd that's equal parts neighborhood, after-work, service industry and connoisseur. There's a plush lounge area in the back, plus a downstairs reservable for private parties, a rotating selection of art on the walls, though nothing that compares to the artistry practiced behind the bar.
Where the Next Literary Greats are Drinking.
Atmosphere is lovely, classy-relaxed; bartenders are super-friendly and informed. The space is spare but lovingly decorated and well-suited to the intimacy that alcohol encourages. A great place to spend a couple hours with really good friends. Drinks are suprising and delicious. Owner is a smart, mega-charming, outgoing hipster hottie which is just what one wants, isn't it.
My only complaint: THERE'S NO FOOD! Old chicks cannot seriously drink without maintaining some protein/carb source in their stomachs. Revenue will suffer. I'm not talking full menu; I'm talking some kind of tapas selection with minimal prep needs, and soon! Yay.
great friendly place super bar. Happened in, thought it was part of the hotel, welcomed by one of the owners, and promptly became comfortable, the drinks only added to the experience. I suspect this bar will become, if not already, one of the "IN" places. I'm not one of the young crowd, but did not feel out of place. Thanks Duggan, Kristina, and the customers for a great San Francisco experience.
Tell me all about it. These bartenders know their drinks. And they can tell you just what makes them so delicious. Not only do they know their drinks, but they know what drinks to give each person who walks through their hole-in-the-wall door if you're brave enough to ask for a recommendation. The atmosphere is wonderful; I love all the colors and fun random pieces that tie together so perfectly. It wasn't at all crowded when I visited (probably because you can't spot it from the street if you don't know what you're looking for), but I'd go even if it was packed from wall to wall. I will definitely be visiting again.
Best Quality Drinks made with Best Quality Liquor!!!. What a surprise this place turned out to be! Incredible selection of drinks, the best stocked bar I've ever seen coupled with excellent bartenders. I was there on a Wednesday night before and after dinner so the place was almost empty - therefore no comments on social aspects of Cantina, but the pure pleasure of a high class bar is absolutely there.
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