3 Local Bars Serving up Unconventional Cocktails

Whether you’re searching for a memorable date night spot or a fun place to gather for birthday drinks, San Francisco is bursting with an array of original bars that serve unconventional cocktails. From rotating seasonal menus to one-of-a-kind cocktails and garnishes, read on for three of the top cocktail bars to visit in our beloved city.

Trick Dog

Named one of The World’s 50 Best Bars in 2019, Trick Dog is a buzzy watering hole that launches a new cocktail menu every six months. Drawing inspiration from everything from Dr. Seuss books to UFOs and astrological signs, each menu features one-of-a-kind cocktails that double as conversation starters and art pieces. Whether you’re game to try a cocktail infused with “Everything But the Bagel Seasoning” or interested in a miniature peanut butter and jelly sandwich garnish, this Mission District mainstay has something for everyone.

Pagan Idol

Located in San Francisco’s Financial District, Pagan Idol is an island-themed oasis complete with a bar hewn from the hull of a wood ship and an erupting volcano. Polynesian-inspired drinks (think pina coladas and mai tais) are served in whimsical glasses and topped with fun garnishes like plantain chips and flaming marshmallows. Patrons can order drinks in pineapples or coconuts for added flair. 

Holy Water

Lined with crucifixes, glass jars that once held holy water, and other religious emblems, Bernal Heights’ Holy Water is a kitschy dive bar that offers creative craft cocktails in a laidback environment. In addition to tried-and-true staples like Moscow Mules, Holy Water switches up its menu with unique new offerings like After the Gold Rush, a cocktail made with bourbon, apricot, and pineapple gum. Customers will want to come for the ambiance and original decor and stay for the innovative drink menu. Best of all, Holy Water is a dog-friendly bar, which means you can bring your pooch along for the adventure.

Meet Residence 32B: Last Ken Fulk-Designed Two-Bed Balcony Home with Twin Peaks and City Views

From The Harrison’s coveted, last-remaining residences comes our very last B-Plan and our final Ken Fulk-furnished two-bedroom available. With a spacious open layout, this residence enjoys vast views of the city and Twin Peaks via floor-to-ceiling windows and an expansive balcony space. Designed by the award-winning visionary Ken Fulk, this residence lives and breathes sophisticated modernity. With high-end finishes such as diagonal-planked Siberian Oak floors, polished white slab Carrara marble countertops and unlacquered Waterworks brass fixtures, Residence 32B rises high above the city, yet remains moments from San Francisco’s most sought-after restaurants, shops and local attractions. Live the high life in 32B with five-star amenities, 24/7 concierge service and inimitable details selected by Ken Fulk.

Beginning at the foyer’s grand hallway, an ideal space to display one’s art collection, one is immediately captivated by the kitchen—complete with Studio Becker Ash Molina cabinetry, polished Carrara marble counters and Bertazzoni and Subzero appliances. Beyond the kitchen are the dining and living spaces, adorned with sleek yet comfortable furnishing selections. With a breathtaking view framed by floor-to-ceiling windows, this integrated living and dining space is perfect for both resting and entertaining.

The dining area also offers direct access to the large balcony — a prime outdoor setting to revel in city views and fresh air. Moving on from the living and dining space, one room over is a stunning guest bedroom that boasts far-reaching views of Twin Peaks. To the right of the entry hallway, the primary suite is replete with high-end decorative finishes, a lavish spa-like bath and expansive San Francisco views. Both bedrooms enjoy Fulk’s contemporary-minded splashes of color and thoughtfully-considered textures. Here, prepare to escape the hustle of urban living and dwell both comfortably and beautifully.

Learn more about The Harrison’s residences, explore the neighborhood or inquire about this particular floor plan.

A Breath of Fresh Air: Our 3 Favorite Running Routes in SoMa

Did you know that SoMa has one of the highest walk scores in all of San Francisco? Ranking at 96, SoMa is—without a doubt—amongst the most accessible and manageable neighborhoods in the Bay Area. But, why walk when you can run? There’s no better way to discover the ins and outs of the city than by foot, whether that be along the water or amidst San Francisco’s most lush parks. Below, take a look at three of our favorite SoMa running routes and experience the best of the city.

The Embarcadero to Fisherman’s Wharf

Just steps from The Harrison lies one of the best running trails in all of San Francisco: the Embarcadero. Situated directly along the bay, this path offers the city’s most scenic views while likewise suited for all skill levels. Amongst the most popular routes is to head 2.5 miles to Fisherman’s Wharf then back to The Harrison—resulting in the most rewarding, yet remarkably serene, 5 mile run.

The Embarcadero to South Beach Harbor

Consider heading the opposite direction along the Embarcadero toward South Beach Harbor. This similarly picturesque trail is just over a mile to the vibrant marina, where you can stop for a moment, walk along the docks and take in the lively harbor culture. And, if there’s a Giants game going on, you may just be able to witness some of the action. Make your run longer, too, by looping around the stadium via the San Francisco Bay Trail.

Your Very Own Urban Trail

What’s better than paving your own way throughout the city? Consider making The Harrison your starting point, then set out into SoMa to experience the best of urban living—you’ll be surprised by how much you can discover. And, if you’re in need of some natural greenery, make your way over to Yerba Buena Gardens, down to Rincon Park then back up to your Harrison abode. Here, the city is yours to explore.

7 Scenic Spots to Picnic in San Francisco

Food is meant to be enjoyed, and where you enjoy it can matter almost as much as what’s on your plate. 

Where better to enjoy a meal on a gorgeous day than outdoors? Whip up a charcuterie plate or pick up takeout from your favorite local restaurant and enjoy the fresh summer air at one of these scenic outdoor spots.

1. McLaren Park

If your idea of a picnic is firing up a grill and cooking up a feast, check out San Francisco’s second largest park, John McLaren Park (usually known without the “John”). You’ll find 12 picnic areas with grills and tables throughout the park. After eating, stay and wander through the park’s 312 acres and more than 7 miles of walking trails.

2. Ocean Beach

When you hear the word “picnic” you might think of a grassy field or a shady spot under a tree. A picnic on the beach, looking out at the glistening sea, sounds just as nice to us. Ocean Beach is a 3.5-mile long stretch of sand and sea, perfect for social distancing or an intimate setting. Lay down a towel or blanket and watch the waves crash onto the shore for a much-welcome change of scenery from the rest of the city.

3. Dolores Park

If you get to Mission Dolores Park at the right time, you can snag a picnic table. If you prefer a picnic blanket lunch, there’s plenty of grass to go around. The park currently has plenty of social distancing circles drawn out on the grass to let as many people safely enjoy the park as possible. 

4. Golden Gate Park

Spanning 1,017 acres, San Francisco’s largest park has no shortage of picnic areas — whether you want to plop down on the first patch of grass you see or scout out a table-and-chairs situation. Enjoy lush greenery all around as you snack on whatever meal you brought. 

5. Yerba Buena Gardens

You don’t have to “escape” to nature to experience a taste of it. Have a picnic right in the heart of the city at Yerba Buena Gardens. With calming waterfalls and flower-filled gardens to admire, this beautifully landscaped park is idyllic for a picnic or a stroll.

6. Crissy Field (The Presidio)

Not many people get to gaze at a world-famous landmark (the Golden Gate) and the sparkling sea, among many other vistas, while taking a break for lunch. The Presidio’s Crissy Field offers picnic tables, grass and a beach for a picnic with a view.

7. Baker Beach

Picnic tables, grills, restrooms and iconic views of the Golden Gate and Marin County make Baker Beach one of the best picnic spots in the city. In lieu of your typical lunch or dinner picnic, Baker Beach makes a great coffee-and-breakfast backdrop. It’s worth forsaking a bit of sleep to get there before dawn to see the sunrise.

A Gardener’s Guide to the Best Indoor Plants for High-Rise Living

Whether your home calls for a pop of greenery or a bold, lush centerpiece, you’re sure to find the perfect houseplant for you in San Francisco. From the many instagram-worthy plant and flower nurseries the city has to offer to the numerous potted plant delivery services available online, incorporating plant life is simple—and good for your health. In addition to adding some serious style to any space, indoor greenery boasts various wellness benefits, like boosting mood to protecting against pollutants. Take a look at some of our favorite, on-trend houseplants perfect for the advanced plant parent and newbie alike.

String of Hearts

Hanging plants have been everywhere as of late, and if you’ve been eyeing these verdant vines for your own home, it’s time you meet “Ceropegia woodii,” commonly known as String of Hearts. With deep green, heart-shaped leaves that hang from long cascading vines, this plant offers a curtain of greenery grown best with exposure to direct sun or indirect bright light. Blooming with magenta flowers a few times a year, String of Hearts is sure to make a delightful housemate.

The Janet Craig

Also known as dracaena deremensis, The Janet Craig is incredibly easy to care for and able to adapt to nearly all light conditions. Lucky for you, one doesn’t need a green thumb to keep the Janet Craig happy and healthy. With dark-green and glossy leaves, the Janet Craig brings a gorgeous natural accent to your indoor aesthetic.

Ponytail Palm

Pet-friendly and only requiring water once in a while, Ponytail Palm is ideal for the busiest of plant- and pet-owners. This happy houseplant’s short trunk and wispy cascade of leaves look stunning set on a tabletop and compliments modern interior design beautifully.

Hoya Kerrii

Add a little love to your space with the Hoya Kerri, also known as the “Sweetheart Plant” or “Hoya Heart” due to its heart-shaped form. Small in size but mighty in wow-factor, this plant is ideal for the novice or frequent traveler as it only needs to be watered every two to three weeks. Pet-friendly, this choice of foliage is a safe option for our furry, four-legged residents at The Harrison.

Red Prayer Plant

A two-toned plant that adds a little color to your space, the Red Prayer Plant offers eye-catching, large leaves that show off hints of red and pink along the plant’s veins. A pet-friendly option that is incredibly low-maintenance, this houseplant is able to thrive in nearly all light conditions—just make sure to keep its soil consistently moist.