Sketchbook: The Buena Vista (& how to make BV’s Irish Coffee)

San Francisco Sketchbook_The Buena Vista

The Buena Vista, SF by Luca

The Buena Vista is the spot when you need a dose of old school San Francisco. It’s not really about the food because the magic of The Buena Vista  is much more in the ambiance, the sounds of cable cars in the distance, the bartenders in white jackets, the mix of tourists and regulars, and that impressive line up of Irish coffee glasses running the length of the beautiful wooden bar.

… and don’t even get me started about Irish coffee, the perfect cocktail for any true coffee-fanatic. Lucky for me, my hubby learned how to make a really good Irish Coffee which means that we can serve ’em up just like the Buena Vista whenever we have friends and family over. Tim says the secret is in the whipped cream. Lightly sweetened and whipped just until it’s soft and droopy. (In a pinch he’s used that spray whipped cream in a can loosened up with a bit of half and half or milk stirred in.) While any small stemmed glass will do, serving in an “Irish Coffee” glass somehow makes it taste even better.

Here’s a good Irish Coffee how to from The Buena Vista website.

Old School SF_The Buena Vista

3 thoughts on “Sketchbook: The Buena Vista (& how to make BV’s Irish Coffee)

    • Having grown up in SF, it’s not always easy to find spots that really feel like classic SF. Love all the new and trendsetting places, but sometimes you just want to havce an “old school” moment. The bar runs almost the entire length of the restaurant, with lots of alcoves and flourishes….. pretty spectacular. And those rows of Irish coffee glasses are a true sight to behold.

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