3010 20th St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Great drinks are normally the preserve of small bars, but Trick Dog is that rare exception. Most nights this large neighbourhood bar is packed to its high-set rafters but still manages to compete on quality with the best of San Francisco.
Head bartender Kim Roselle glides through service, assembling complex drinks for the thirsty throng, who sway to the Motown, funk, soul and mid-century American rock soundtrack. Her job just became harder – the new menu features drinks that rhyme with Trick Dog, which says a lot about the mischievousness of the owners, The Bon Vivants.
For a whisky fix, try the Hick Dialogue; for gin, Broomstick Backlog. But the top tipple is currently Attic Gulag: tequila reposado, Ancho Verde, pineapple, hibiscus agua fresca and lime. Hungry? Look no further than the eponymous dish: a blend of chuck and brisket, lettuce, onion, pickles, cheddar cheese and house sauce. Not your average dog, but this is no average bar.