Swank

Loungin'

New Retro Cocktail Bar in Laurel Heights

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Since a certain TV show about boozy, womanizing advertising execs in the '60s went on hiatus, you've felt a certain responsibility to keep the legacy of that era alive.
 
At least the drinking part...
 
So you'll want to add Swank, a new retro cocktail bar opening Thursday in Laurel Heights, to your repertoire.
 
Taking over the old G Bar space in the Laurel Inn, the only remnant of the former lounge is a gas-fueled fireplace; otherwise, upon entering you'll discover a dashing '60s-era vibe with an imposing Sputnik-inspired light fixture orbiting overhead (ah, the warm glow of the Cold War), crimson-colored walls on one side and a textured fabric wall on the other with the classic mahogany bar separating the two (and thankfully no shag carpets).

Slide into the plush seats by the tiled fireplace and start with classic cocktails like an Old Fashioned or a Negroni (or two of each if you want to be really authentic). If your date prefers bubbly, you're in luck, because there's a page full of champagne-based cocktails like the French 75 and a slew of Bellinis (there can never be too many Bellinis).
 
Of course, this cozy fifty-seater spot offers a dozen beers and fifteen wines by the glass, if you're looking for something a little more straightforward.
 
Or, in case you need a chaser.

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Swank
488 Presidio Ave
(at California)
Pacific Heights
San Francisco, CA 94115
415-346-7431

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