Best Pisco Sours - Hands Down!.
I finally visited Pisco Lounge last Tuesday. I wanted to check out this place for long time and their Latin Travel mixer provided a good reason. I'll definitely be back- especially for their happy hour since it lasts until 8pm.
My friend who is originally from Peru said that she liked the Pisco Sours here even better than at home! She also ordered Yuca chips with salsa verde and huancaina. OMG, the salsa verde was so addictive! I wanted to buy a jar of it to take home... I was in the mood for mojitos which were ideal for quenching my thirst on a rare hot day in San Francisco . And the fresh ahi with mango ginger salsa tapas sounded TOO good to pass up, even though I wasn't really hungry. Definitely worth it.
Although the place is fairly small, it is designed with style. Perfect combo of color, lighting and tables are situated optimal distance from each other. I thought that it was a very cool atmosphere without being a scene- lively music and full of happy people.
Pan Latin Vibe With Wonderful Tapas.
Great tapas, great ambiance and design, great staff- friendly, prompt, knowledgeable. No reason to pay downtown prices and put up with downtown attitude when our nuevo latino maestro James Schenk from Destino, is the passion behind this new spot on Upper Market- only 12 minute streetcar ride from major hotels, shopping,etc. No wonder it's been busy every time I go by.
Oh- and also great for groups. They have really comfy leather couches up front beneath a spectacular blown glass chandalier that is a great conversation starter and in the back there is the really interesting "floating island pagoda" that you can reserve and seats around 12-15. I recently brought my cousin who lives in Spain and she thought it was as hip as the coolest places in Barcelona.
Finally- there's the whole Pisco thing. Several really tasty conconctions- I've tried different ones each time I've been in. Some latin flavored, some classic and the Pisco sours were perfect and not too sweet. All in all a great hang out, date spot or place to party with friends.
This Upper Market lounge pays homage to a formerly legendary SF libation--pisco punch--with plenty of the Peruvian brandy and small plates from neighbor Destino..
The long black-lacquered bar, red walls and swirling-tendril Chihuly light fixture give this lounge a downtown boutique bar feel--think Bar Bambino or Bossa Nova--with Peru-centric cocktail and bar bites menu and an after-work, creative-professional crowd. Pisco shares a kitchen with local favorite Destino, from which come tapas-size ceviche, ropa vieja, and quinoa risotto balls, all meant to pair with the Latin and classic cocktail list, New World wines and casual-hip ambiance. In the back there's a "floating island"--a slightly raised platform partially enclosed by a trellis--while the low-slung black couches facing the street make a good spot for a happy hour rendezvous.
Beautiful Place, Hand Crafted Pisco Cocktails, Great tasting Tapas!.
I fell in love with this place the moment we walked in. This place is really really pretty! Love the theme of old bank exchange and the breath taking light fixture in the front!
Great cocktail and wine list. I love these new world wines and it's great that they have the standard 6oz serving and also 3oz serving for exact half of the price of the 6oz! This is great when you want to try many wines to match the food here.
Great little tapas menu that's very very original. We had the sardine and the yellowtail roll with quinoa. Food here is refreshing and feel that it's sort of good for your body maybe?
Beautiful bathroom for ladies and that always gets a huge plus for me. So yes we will be back for sure!