St. Francis Cocktail – Clock Bar – San Francisco

clock bar - st francis - san francisco dotw logoBuilding on the success of his restaurant at the St. Francis Hotel, Michael Mina has converted a former jewelry store into a bar worthy of a scene out of Mad Men.

The bar was designed in “neo-mod” style, reminiscent of cocktail lounges 50 years ago. I was impressed by the extensive cocktail menu, fresh ingredients and attention to detail. Hats off to the friendly staff and amazing cocktails.

This cocktail is a shout out to the Hotel and a revival of one of the original Martinis. From the menu:

“The history of the Martini is shrouded in mystery. But most agree that San Francisco was its birthplace. One story credits a bartender at the St. Francis with the olive garnish. This was first know as the St. Francis Cocktail.”

St. Francis St. Francis Cocktail



  • Junipero gin
  • Dry vermouth
  • Orange bitters


Stir 2–3 oz of gin with a dash each of vermouth and orange bitters in a mixing glass over ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Garnish with mixed olives.

Michael Mina’s Clock Bar [SF Gate]