Trick Dog is not your ordinary bar; it’s a bar with a conscience. It’s got a whole slew of awards, including a spot on the World’s 50 Best Bars list and a nod from the James Beard Foundation (aka the Oscars of the food world). And an imaginative, generous attitude towards creating drinks, to boot. Its recent “Mural Project”, for example, which commissioned artists to create street art around the city, benefits two local non-profits. And the resulting drinks (each mural has a drink tailored to suit) benefit Trick Dog’s many patrons. With all that, it’s safe to say that Trick Dog has more than enough bone-afides.
Puns aside, Trick Dog is one of the best bars in San Francisco. And the crowd that gathers here on Friday and Saturday nights more than attests to that fact. But even when it’s at its busiest, the drinks never dip in quality. Which is saying something. After all, these aren’t your mix-by-numbers drinks. Take ‘The Bigfoot’, for example. Inspired by the mural on Market & Church Street, this knockout features Automatic Sea Gin, Arkansas Black applejack, riesling, Meyer lemon, lavender and lime.
While the mural-inspired menu will change – the current menu is the ninth incarnation – there’s no doubt or fear, just willing acceptance to try something new. Trick Dog is, at the end of the day, a bar with an industrial-chic aesthetic and a no-nonsense attitude towards creating great drinks. It doesn’t hurt that they serve said drinks alongside good food. Small aside: the triple-cooked fries are the perfect hunger-sater. To say punters trust the know-how of The Bon Vivants, the team behind the venture, is an understatement. So bring it on, Trick Dog. We’re ready for more.