All of a sudden, the intersection of Mission and Valencia Streets is a happening place to be. The homestyle cuisine at Blue Plate has been a go-to staple for quite some time, and SoCha Cafe was a nice addition. But now the block is really blowing up. Locavore is making waves, and another newcomer just opened its doors: The Royal Cuckoo.
A rustic bar specializing in haute-mixology, The Royal Cuckoo serves up some seriously yummy cocktails. Here’s what they had to say about it at Urban Daddy:
Introducing The Royal Cuckoo, an eclectic cocktail den that’s equal parts bar, music library and hunting lodge, open now in the Mission.
Now, while this dimly lit lair might seem slightly scattered in its presentation of old furniture and deer head, goose and armadillo taxidermy, it’s nothing a couple of stiff martinis can’t help make sense of.
With drink in hand—you’ll have your choice of classics, or riffs on classic cocktails, but we recommend the Moscow Mule made with cachaça instead of vodka, ginger beer and kumquats—head to the back of the long bar, where you can thumb through the card-cataloged collection of hundreds of vinyl records (unless the vintage Hammond organ is the night’s musical entertainment).
I’ll vouch for most of that — except for the part about the bar being in the Mission. (Bernalwood or La Lengua, take your pick.) I took the Royal Cuckoo for a test-drive last week, and it was fabu — the cocktails and the vinyl were inspired. Great flavors, great music, friendly barhops, and a really great addition to our glamorous neighborhood. By all means, do check it out next time you want to get your drink on. I predict you’ll depart as happy as I did. Tell them Bernalwood sent you…
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