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5929 Geary Boulevard, San Francisco

Glamorous, Tommy’s is not – at this 50-year-old San Francisco family restaurant-bar, drinks and hospitality trump style. The man at the helm is Julio Bermejo, winner of our Industry Icon award 2017. It’s an accolade that is more than deserved – not only does he travel the world in furtherance of tequila knowledge, but Bermejo remains one of the nicest and most popular bartenders in the business. Hospitality comes from the heart, and a visit to Tommy’s is like being invited into the Bermejo family home.

Tequila is of course the main event here – alongside the authentic Mexican food ­–  in fact, agave spirits are pretty much the only event in drinking terms. If guests show an interest, Bermejo will think nothing of pulling out the old and rare from what is one of the world’s greatest tequila collections. This is also the birthplace of the Tommy’s Margarita – tequila, lime but with the edition of agave syrup – a real bartender favourite. No wonder a visit to Tommy’s has become any tequila apostle’s pilgrimage.