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Pisco Latin Lounge
1817 Market Street at Octavia (between Octavia and Guerrero Streets)
Cuisine: Pan Latin
Pluses: Social Hour Daily from 5:00 pm-6:30 pm is perfect for a highly affordable pre performance light meal before attending nearby Civic Center events. Or have a cocktail and starter and then head next door to sibling Destino for a full sit down meal. “Foating Pagoda” is perfect for group get together of 8-12.
Minuses: Mainly street parking with only one nearby lot on Duboce. However, the “F” line streetcar is not too far.
Don’t Miss: “Original Recipe” Pisco Punch; Fried Quinoa Risotto Balls with Shitake Mushrooms and Romesco Salsa; Skewered Sweetbreads with Sweet Potatoe Puree; Sweet Barbaro Roll with caramelized pecans, popped amaranth, lucuma mousse for dessert.
Hours: 5 pm to midnight Sunday and Tuesday-Thursday
Open to 1 am Friday and Saturday
Closed on Mondays
The first pisco bar in the United States pays tribute to one of America’s first ever cocktails- the deliciously refreshing Pisco Punch, invented in San Francisco in the 1880s and famous worldwide until Prohibition. Unlike many lounges where bar bites are an afterthought, Pisco features mouthwatering “piquenos” (small tastes) such as Peruanitos Peruvian mini-burgers with yucca shoestrings, seared fresh sardines with white bean puree and hazelnut picada, and Cuban style slow-braised pork shoulder with guajillo-pasilla salsa- all inspired by venues throughout the Spanish speaking world and created by nationally known Nuevo Latino chef James Schenk.
With its all-encompassing bar featuring 12 Latin flavored cocktails and 12 classic signature cocktails, a wine list featuring Spanish and South American wines by the glass including several hard to find vintages, plus over 15 different kinds of pisco (clear Peruvian brandy similar to grappa with some varieties used for mixed drinks and others for sipping), this upper Market Street destination offers a sophisticated venue with neighborhood friendly service.