“The Barbary Coast is the haunt of the low and the vile of every kind. The petty thief, the house burglar, the tramp, the whoremonger, lewd women, cutthroats, murderers, all are found here. Dance-halls and concert-saloons, where blear-eyed men and faded women drink vile liquor, smoke offensive tobacco, engage in vulgar conduct, sing obscene songs and say and do everything to heap upon themselves more degradation, are numerous. Low gambling houses, thronged with riot-loving rowdies, in all stages of intoxication, are there. Opium dens, where heathen Chinese and God-forsaken men and women are sprawled in miscellaneous confusion, disgustingly drowsy or completely overcome, are there. Licentiousness, debauchery, pollution, loathsome disease, insanity from dissipation, misery, poverty, wealth, profanity, blasphemy, and death, are there. And Hell, yawning to receive the putrid mass, is there also.”

Benjamin Estelle Lloyd (1876). Lights and Shades of San Francisco.

San Francisco’s drink culture is up there in popularity, along with its world-class dining escapades. When it comes to drinks, mixologists have taken inspirations from the old Barbary Coast on how to craft delicious drinks that a Gold Rusher and a tech-savvy App designer would equally enjoy.

The art of mixing drinks isn’t solely based on the bartender’s ability; it also shines through in their selection of spirits and ingredients for concocting the perfect libation. Asterisk San Francisco partners with famed mixologist Russell Davis (Bartender of the Year, 2012) and Anchor Distilling Co. in creating a collection of Barbary Coast–inspired drinks using spirits available today.

Watch the video to learn how to make the cocktails yourself and throw a 1912-themed cocktail party with your friends.

Enjoy responsibly!

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