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Cantina, San Francisco

580 Sutter Street
San Francisco , California
Tel: 415 398 0195's insider take:

Dozens of votive candles cast a honeyed glow upon coppery tequila-hued walls and neo-tropical wallpaper inside this cozy Latin art salon and "culinary cocktail" lounge near Union Square. It's a comfortable hole-in-the-wall with cowhide armchairs and wine-barrel tables. Owner Duggan McDonnell is known for his artisanal drinks, and bartenders from around town grab stools at the long bar to watch him mix up exotic cocktails. The blackberry and cabernet caipirinha—available by the pitcher—is a blend of Three Thieves Cab, cachaca, and fresh fruit. Other libations play with hints of pastis, riesling brandy, and sangiovese. If you're stumped about what to order, the margaritas are superb. Deejays spin most evenings, and if you're so moved, there's a tiny space to dance.

Open Mondays through Saturdays 5 pm to 2 am.

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