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#8 Trick Dog (San Francisco, California)

The only establishment of its kind in the Bay Area to be twice reviewed by and awarded three stars from longtime San Francisco Chronicle restaurant critic Michael Bauer (Bauer retired in 2018), Trick Dog is a neighborhood cocktail bar that has all the essentials: great music, well-made drinks, and exceptional food served until closing time.

Every six months, the San Francisco bar undergoes a complete, meticulous renovation of its décor and drinks that introduces a brand-new theme (previous iterations include a Chinese takeout restaurant). With each change, Trick Dog bartenders the Bon Vivants (Scott Baird and Josh Harris) roll out a dozen or so new cocktails at the California bar. The latest 13 cocktails include Delfina (Botanist gin, fig nocino, seasonal “weird” citrus, chestnut honey, lime, and a fig leaf served over crushed ice) and Flour + Water (Bombay dry gin, Luxardo bitter bianco, Noilly Prat dry vermouth, tomato, whey soda, and basil). Food options include Chicken Tricknuggets with sweet-and-sour, honey mustard, and barbecue sauces, and the Impossible Trick Dog made with an Impossible vegetarian patty, lettuce, onion, pickles, cheddar cheese, and house sauce on a sesame bun. (Dustin F./Yelp)


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