In the vein of "Honestly, this city constantly amazes me!" I went on a very San Francisco field trip last night. First, to the Exploratorium After Dark. Which, as a kid who grew up going here, was like a fantasy. Get drunk and play with all the toys?! Really? I get to??? Needless to say it was fun.
One of the best surprises of the night was the 'Freestyle Bar.' You walked up, chose a base spirit, any two items from the table and the bartender created you a custom drink on the spot! There were the usual suspects like melon, cucumber and bitters, but they were nestled up to things like fish sauce, dijon mustard and sorrel. My companion ended up with a drink that sounds like a college dorm room dare: chicharrones, marshmallows and whiskey. Yes, really.
On the way home, we decided it was too nice a night to go straight home so we hit up the old standby Pier 23. The air was warm, Coit Tower was at her best and the boats were all lit up. It was another one of the nights that makes you so so glad to be a San Franciscan.
Field trippin' in my hometown? Any night you please.