Retro-Chic Lounge with Secret Cocktails & Stellar Food: The Madrigal

The Madrigal’s Liberty Duck confit smashburger

Published May 13, 2022, in my The Bold Italic column:

You’d be tempted to call The Madrigal an upscale cocktail lounge with elevated bar food, ideal for pre-and post-show imbibing near the San Francisco Symphony, Opera, Ballet, Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, and SF Jazz. And it is. But it’s much more. Debuting on Van Ness Avenue in December 2021 from Hi Neighbor Hospitality (Trestle, The Vault Steakhouse, The Vault Garden), The Madrigal feels like what the space should have always been.

Review here: https://thebolditalic.com/the-madrigal-is-a-cotton-candy-spun-retro-chic-lounge-in-sf-with-stellar-cocktails-and-food-ca2d81c83b8c

The Madrigal’s secret menu Kirby cocktail

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The Madrigal
The Madrigal’s onion rings
The Madrigal’s Ojo de Oso cocktail
The Madrigal’s beef tartare with Nashville hot fried oysters