Thoughts on Clock Bar, San Francisco

Thoughts on Clock Bar, San Francisco

Clock Bar is a hotel bar, yes. But you know what? I like hotel bars — good ones, anyway. They’re not as loud. Not as crowded. And the drinks that get made are often top notch. Plus you get to talk to random tourists, not just jaded locals. Good times.

After passing by many times, I finally hit Clock Bar last night, in the Westin St. Francis in San Francisco’s Union Square. Have to say, I wasn’t disappointed. The drinks — a grapefruit-tangy-tart Nevada and the San Francisco Sensation, which approximates an Aviation but with the addition of mint — were both inspired.

The liquor selection isn’t huge, but it’s solid (though while I was there two people were turned away because Clock inexplicably doesn’t carry Grey Goose). I finished the evening with hard-to-find 15-year-old Springbank single malt, a perfect whisky that I’d love to have more of.

The snacks are good — the truffled popcorn is legendary; could have done without the cheese popcorn in favor of a double dose of the truffled version — but I longed for a more extensive menu. Still, in San Francisco’s nosh-malnourished bar scene, anything is good.

Yeah, it’s a hotel bar. But it’s a solid one. Go.

Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content creation company.


  1. erik_flannestad on September 12, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    Nice to hear of someone else pimping the Nevada! That is a tasty cocktail.

    As for the other one, maybe the Sensation?

  2. Christopher Null on September 12, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    YES – the San Francisco Sensation. Updating. Thanks Erik!

  3. CocktailGeek on September 20, 2009 at 1:21 am

    The Nevada appeared in “The How & When” (Judge Jr., 1928)
    The Sensation was in “Cocktail Bill” Boothby’s “Swallows” (1930)

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