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#27 The Interval (San Francisco, California)

There is no other bar like The Interval. Run by the Long Now Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to long-term thinking, The Interval uses the evolution of cocktails to explore its ever-changing relationship to the world around us. Each page on the California bar’s menu expands on a particular theme: the evolution of the martini, for example, or cocktails that were born in New York or San Francisco. Part library, part museum, part café and bar, The Interval has an extensive historical cocktail menu of 40-plus drinks. A large orrery greets guests at the entry, and a luminous, ever-changing ambient painting (by Brian Eno, who is on the board of directors of the nonprofit foundation that owns the bar) mesmerizes patrons from the center of its back bar. Try the signature Navy Gimlet (Navy strength gin, lime zest, lime juice, and sugar). The bar takes the ingredients of a traditional gimlet (gin, lime juice, zest, sugar) and infuses, extracts, and clarifies it over three days, resulting in an ice-cold, pearlescent cocktail far superior to the original.

 

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