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Pisco Latin Lounge

by Joan Simon

1817 Market Street at Octavia (between Octavia and Guerrero Streets)
(415) 874-9951

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.

Prices: Inexpensive
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.


Note: This information was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the businesses in question before making your plans.

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