The Castro Fountain

Root Beer Floats and Soda Jerks From the People Who Brought You the Ice Cream Bar

The Old-School Vibes Are Strong With This One

By Joe Starkey ·
None 9 Photos The Castro Fountain
There are a few cool things from the past that are worth bringing back.

Dinosaurs are up there.

So are soda fountains.

But in the interest of time, maybe we just focus on the latter for today.

Specifically, on the Castro Fountain, the more centrally located little sister to the Ice Cream Bar that’s been two years in the making. It’s soft-open now, and here’s the slideshow.

You’ll enter this high-ceilinged, art deco time machine and first be drawn to the soda bar in the back, complete with refurbished equipment from the 1930s. There, they’ll use tinctures, shrubs and syrups to make you homemade versions of root beer, cherry cola and the like.

Head over to the ice cream bar eventually for a scoop or a sundae made from a constantly changing list of flavors like fudge brownie cheesecake and coconut maple pecan.

Ah, but the root beer float. That most hallowed of throwback creations. They have those. They also have other floats like the one that combines brown sugar buttermilk ice cream with licorice soda. Goes by the name Love It or Hate It, which sounds about right.

And make sure to pick up some pecan pie or prewrapped ice cream sandwiches on your way out.

The picnic gods smile down upon you today.
Joe Starkey

Joe Starkey is the tallest person in the room 90% of the time. He enjoys liquors that aren’t smoky, dive bars that are, and has a vague dread that someone, somewhere might be having more fun than him.


The Castro Fountain
554 Castro St
(between 18th and 19th)
San Francisco, CA, 94114


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