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Saturday, July 5, 2014

THE BUENA VISTA - SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA

THE BUENA VISTA
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA

THE BUENA VISTA
2765 HYDE STREET @ BEACH
SAN FRANCISCO, CA  94109
415-474-5044
HOURS:  Monday thru Friday 9:00 AM - 2:00 AM
                 Saturday and Sunday 8:00 AM - 2:00 AM
EMAIL:  bv@thebuenavista.com

For me a trip to San Francisco is not complete without a stop at The Buena Vista.  I have been hitting this local pub for over 30 years and always order just one thing.  The Irish Coffee.  Day or night - Hot or Cold (and it is usually cold) I have a least one Irish Coffee every time I visit San Francisco.  The place is always jam packed at night and the food here is really good if you want to get something to eat.  There are a few tables in the bar and a counter area in the back for eating.  Most people crowd the bar standing or sitting on the bar stools.  The bartenders line up the glasses and pour the Irish Coffee a dozen at a time.  I love the flavor of this drink and there is a little something in there that gives you a little kick.  Perfect drink for pre or post dinner in the City.

THE IRISH COFFEE STORY

The historic venture started on the night of November the 10th in 1952. Jack Koeppler, then-owner of the Buena Vista, challenged international travel writer Stanton Delaplane to help re-create a highly touted "Irish Coffee" served at Shannon Airport in Ireland. Intrigued, Stan Accepted Jack’s invitation, and the pair began to experiment immediately.


Throughout the night the two of them stirred and sipped judiciously and eventually acknowledged two recurring problems. The taste was "not quite right," and the cream would not float. Stan’s hopes sank like the cream, but Jack was undaunted. The restaurateur pursued the elusive elixir with religious fervor, even making a pilgrimage overseas to Shannon Airport.
Upon Jack’s return, the experimentation continued. Finally, the perfect-tasting Irish whiskey was selected. Then the problem of the bottom-bent cream was taken to San Francisco’s mayor, a prominent dairy owner. It was discovered that when the cream was aged for 48 hours and frothed to a precise consistency, it would float as delicately as a swan on the surface of Jack’s and Stan’s special nectar.
Success was theirs! With the recipe now mastered, a sparkling clear, six-ounce, heat-treated goblet was chosen as a suitable chalice.
Soon the fame of the Buena Vista’s Irish Coffee spread throughout the land. Today, it’s still the same delicious mixture, and it’s still the same clamorous, cosmopolitan Buena Vista. Both…delightful experiences.

CATCH A CABLE CAR TO THE BUENA VISTA
THE BUENA VISTA IS LOCATED ON THE CORNER OF HYDE AND BEACH
THE IRISH COFFEE IS THE ONLY THING I DRINK AT THE BUENA VISTA
GLASSES LINED UP FOR THE MASSES WHO COME HERE FOR THE IRISH COFFEE
THE BAR AT THE BUENA VISTA
THE BUENA VISTA IS A BLOCK FROM THE WHARF
SOME OF MY BEST FRIENDS MET ME AT THE BUENA VISTA!

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