Venue Scouting Trip

One of the best perks of working at SSP is going on venue scouting assignments. In the waning weeks of 2012, I had the opportunity to scout several venues in San Francisco's South of Market District, Union Square, and the Financial District. 

Accompanied by Samantha and Danielle and guided by the expertise of our Food and Beverage Director, we had the chance to check out some of the hottest nightlife spots in this part of the city. 

Here is some of what we experienced: 

Cantina, Union Square

Known for their handcrafted culinary cocktails and decor from local artists, this poppin' saloon has a steady Caribbean and Latin Influence. I recommend the Laughing Buddha or the Bee's Knees #3. Both pack a punch and are sure to set you up for a good happy hour. 

The second place we checked out was:

Burritt Room, Union Square 

Located on the second floor of the Mystic Hotel, this cocktail lounge is staffed with some of San Francisco's best known mixologists.

This unique sectioned-off space provides a great ambiance in this saloon-style establishment. I recommended trying the Basil-Peach Punch or Poquito Picante.

The Mystic Hotel also features a private room dubbed the Berlinetta Lounge. This very hip event space has a classic cigar club feel to it and is on our short list of small event spaces for 2013. 

Rickhouse, Financial Distric

A very popular after-work spot among the Financial District crowd.

Committed to providing their guests with a superior beverage experience, the Rickhouse has got the artisan-style cocktail down. I suggest the La Bonne Vie or the Rye Maple Fizz. 

The House of Shields, SOMA 

Established in 1908, the House of Shields is a San Francisco institution. It was renovated in 2010 and is located across from the iconic Palace Hotel.

Here you will not find a clock or a television, but you will find some the city's stiffest drinks. Try the Old Fashion or a traditional Dry Martini. 

Until next time -