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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Around Town: Bloodhound

Posted By on Tue, Feb 24, 2009 at 11:47 PM

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All that was old is new again at SOMA's newest watering hole, Bloodhound (1145 Folsom at Seventh St.). In the former Cassidy's space, the establishment has embraced the return of the handcrafted cocktail and extended that same ethos to every aspect of the bar, from the walls of century-old barn siding to the rocking chairs, custom-made chandeliers, and tables of raw redwood,. Taken together, Bloodhound has the cozy feel of a hunting lodge, complete with antlers, ancient Field and Stream adverts, and -- of course -- a jukebox and pool table.

Co-owner Mike Goebel says the theme wasn't predestined, but evolved during the renovation. "As things progressed, the space felt very 'lodgey,' like a warm hunting lodge, which we thought was very cool, so we ran with it but made very sure not to go over the top," he says. "My product isn't only a cold beer or a stiff cocktail; it is also the ambiance or vibe of the space that is so important, so I make sure to focus on that as well. To me, the feel is just as important as the drinks."

Speaking of stiff cocktails, Bloodhound pours a short list of honest-to-goodness drinks -- Goebel recommends the Bloodhound No. 1 (Hangar One vodka, Campari, and grapefruit) -- as well as a cultivated beer list heavy on the Belgian brews. Check out the drink list here. Happy hour runs Monday-Friday 4-7 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday noon-4 p.m. For more info, call 863-2840.

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