Spicy Cocktails in the Bay Area?
Just moved from the PNW and they are doing a lot of great drinks with Habanero and whatnot. I have as of yet to find anything here in the Bay Area. I work downtown and live in Berkeley, but I am willing to travel for a good cocktail. If anyone is familiar with Portland I am looking for something to rival Andina/Vault drinks....
Flora, in the Uptown section on Oakland has the best cocktails I've had in years. "Carter Beats the Devil" has a tincture of chili (maybe habanero) in it and is wonderful. I also highly recommend a drink called the Pegu Club- no chili but pure deliciousness. The
food there is amazing too.
Slow Club's bloody Mary is made with habanero vodka. Excellent drinks and food all around.
Generally, if you want great cocktails, you'll do better in SF than Berkeley.
The spicy bloody mary with octopus at La Mar was outrageously good (and I'm not usually one to rave about spicy drinks).
Also... The Alembic in the Upper Haight used to serve this great cocktail called "The Bone", which has rye, tabasco and lime... it's not on the menu anymore, but most of the bartenders remember it and will still make it for you!
1725 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117
I recall someone commenting on this board about a year ago or so about a tasty cocktail at Colibri made with Hangar One Chipotle vodka. Unfortunately, the bar menu on their website is not working to see if they have anything else as the chipotle was only a small batch I believe.