8 SF & Oakland Spots Winning with Cocktails AND Food

Published May 1, 2023, in my Medium column:

These new spots or new menus cover the gamut, from Filipino-Mexican to Peruvian. Alongside my full restaurant reviews this month — for AphoticDaytrip OaklandCoho Mill Valley, Palo Alto’s Naschmarkt and Ethel’s FancyJuniper and Starter Bakery — these eight (and a bonus 9th bar) are well worth visiting. Last month’s standouts are here (as always, I’ve personally vetted, visited or ordered from each place reviewed):

Article Here: https://medium.com/@virginiamiller_29308/april-eats-8-sf-oakland-spots-winning-with-cocktails-and-food-4a1c179eb2c

Heartwood’s Juice Joint with Argonaut brandy, Fino sherry, papaya shrub, garam masala tincture

Reviewed in this article:
One of the Best New Drink Menus in Town: Heartwood, SF
Filipino-Mexican Mashup: Señor Sisig Oakland
Peruvian Spirit: La Mar Bar, SF
(Still) One of the East Bay’s Best Bars: Hotsy Totsy Club, Albany
Tropical Haven:The Kon-Tiki Room at Palmetto, Oakland
Late Night Japanese & Chinese-Influenced Cocktails with Sushi: Dragon Horse
Books, Music & Booze: North Light, Oakland
Drinks & Bites in the FiDi: Orafo at Four Seasons San Francisco at the Embarcadero
Bonus: Music & Sips: Harlan Records, SF

Orafo’s cioppino
Hotsy Totsy’s Mutha Smucka cocktail