Leave Mission Street behind, enter Lolinda, and you’ve joined a party in Buenos Aires on a dark, sultry night. Gather around the large table in the bar for cocktails with plates of ceviche, empanadas, pork belly, chorizo and charred octopus while Prince and bossa nova tunes play on the sound system, and couples share platters of wood-grilled steak in the shadowy dining room’s leather banquettes. The wine list holds to the Latino vibe, focusing on cutting-edge selections from South America, Spain and Portugal: Sherry from Equipo Navazos, malbecs from Argentina’s higher altitudes and a collection of wines—sparkling, white and red—from Portugal’s Luis Pato. The party continues upstairs at Techo de Lolinda, a spectacular rooftop bar serving sangria, cocktails and chicharrones by the pound. No coats necessary—the roof is outfitted with tall windscreens and heaters to warm the cool San Francisco nights.
This story appears in the print issue of October 2013.
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