Brave the tourist crowds to check out Jasper’s Corner Tap & Kitchen, a gastropub on hotel row in downtown San Francisco. The menu both comforts and dazzles, but it’s Kevin Diedrich’s cocktail program that really astounds. His 18-drink list covers everything from beer and whiskey cocktails to seasonal concoctions, all of which serve as lush, delicate counterpoints to the food. Baked-to-order, chewy, sea salt-crusted pretzels almost pair better with the Cloudkicker (Beefeater Gin, Cynar, green Chartreuse and Campari) than with their side of smoked gouda and cheddar fondue; the dark effervescence of the Velvet 75 (Guinness, gin and Champagne) and one of chef Adam Carpenter’s beer sausages will lift the fog off any San Francisco day.
401 Taylor St. (at O’Farrell St.), San Francisco, California
This story appears in the print issue of October 2011.
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