Sometimes, we all need an escape -- a quick moment in a comfortable space to rest our feet and gather our marbles. A good cocktail doesn't hurt, either.
The Seasons Bar inside the Four Seasons Hotel is my escape pod: a grown-up secret fort, five stories above the hustle of Market Street and Union Square, with the most comfortably plush seats you'll find in a bar. While you're discretely hidden away, order a Farmer's Market ($14, St. George Spirits Botanivore Gin, house-made carrot juice, lime, rosemary syrup) that blends the sweet earthiness of local carrots perfectly with the herbaceousness of the gin. The rosemary may seem unusual at first, but bartender Javier Ballesteros uses it to astutely complement the juniper flavors. It's bright, light, and just sweet enough, exactly like the comforting moments you'll spend in luxury.
Seasons Bar and Lounge, 757 Market (at Grant), 633-3000