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Absinthe Brasserie and Bar, San Francisco

398 Hayes Street
San Francisco , California
Tel: 415 551 1590's insider take:

With copper-topped tables, checkerboard-tile floor, and antique mirrors, genteel Absinthe evokes a French brasserie of the Belle Époque. Its excellent cocktail menu is in keeping with this theme, using recipes, such as the Ginger Rogers, culled from early 20th-century cocktail books. The bar has a separate menu from the adjoining restaurant—chiefly nibbles and small plates, ideal for a bite after the nearby symphony or opera. The soft, flattering light makes this a perfect date choice. Our only regret is the sometimes-snooty staff.

Open Tuesdays and Wednesdays 11:30 am to midnight, Thursdays and Fridays 11:30 am to 2 am, Saturdays 11 am to 2 am, and Sundays 11 am to 10 pm.

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