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Cocktail Preview: TBD in San Francisco, Opening Nov 1

The press preview for TBD, the forthcoming restaurant from the neighboring AQ in San Francisco (in order to find the website it was fun to Google "tbd aq sf") is Thursday, but I got a chance to get a sneak peak at the cocktails from bar manager Timothy Zohn. 

As you can see, the place is not quiiiite finished yet, so we actually met over at AQ. 


Zohn is reliquishing his job at AQ and taking over at TBD, with a short cocktail menu created with just a beer and wine license. Zohn says that he is trying not to over-emphasize cocktails at the restaurant: the goal is not to have people drinking them all through dinner and not having to endure loud shaker noises through their meal.

He calls the cocktails "loopholes" as they fit through the loopholes that makes fortified wines legal to sell as with a beer/wine license. The first drink he made for us is a great example of that:

Nogroni - One ounce each of Peychaud's bitters, juniper-infused Tio Pepe sherry, and Put e Mes. This drink will be on draught after they get up and running. 

Beergarita - With lager beer (most likely Tecate), lime, simple syrup, and Regan's orange bitters infused with burnt orange and burnt leaves, this is like a non-spicy Michelada. Really refreshing and easy to drink. 

Beergarita at TBD2
San Francisco Egg Cream - Cream sherry, chocolate sauce, milk, Fee's Old Fashioned bitters, grated nutmeg. Delicious! Maybe save it for dessert. 

San Francisco Egg Cream at TBD

Porter Old-Fashioned - Anderson Valley Bourbon Barrel Aged Porter, bitters, sugar, lemon twist. Dark, twisted, bitter, hearty. The amaro of beer cocktails.

Porter Old Fashioned at TBD

Churchill's Bane - A version of this drink has been on the menu since AQ opened. They keep reimagining it for each season. This version contains juniper-infused Dolin blanc, Imbue Bittersweet vermouth, orange bitters, and juniper tincture. 

Churchills Bane at TBD

In the future they'll have:

  • 24 taps
  • Imbue vermouth on tap- the only place in SF to have that
  • The NoGroni on tap
  • Soft-serve ice cream that changes every day or two
  • Beer and non-alcoholic floats that will use the ice cream
  • All drinks will be $10
  • Plus, all the wood is cooked over an open fire.
  • Plus, there's a full liquor license next door at AQ if you want to hit the hard stuff.



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