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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Gaspar Brasserie's Cognac Room Stocks More Brandy Than Anywhere in SF

Posted By on Wed, Jun 3, 2015 at 2:00 PM

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Gaspar Brasserie is a swanky affair to begin with, but they’ve gone and added a gorgeous Cognac Room with lots of reds and earth tones to the postwar Parisian premises, as if to say, “Oh, you didn’t that would be all, did you? How charming.”

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If anything, the name is a slight misnomer, as it undersells the breadth of the offerings to be had in there. Doesn’t a “cognac room” sound like a cross between where the swells on the Titanic were drinking when the iceberg hit and Granny’s secret liquor stash? Bless her heart, but she didn’t stock this much eau de vie in her cabinet. Gaspar’s Cognac Room officially has the largest selection of brandy cocktails in San Francisco.

In other words, it’s impressive as hell, and virtually every last drink is $12, which means non-plutocrats can go in and be impressed. There are calvados cocktails, brandy cocktails, pisco cocktails, eau de vie cocktails, and some slightly fancier brandy flights. Try out a raspberry claret cup (red wine, brandy, raspberry eau de vie, grenadine, lemon, and seltzer) and ask yourself: Am I taking the waters at Epsom, or am I about to get laid in San Francisco?

Some of the classics have gotten the dust blown off of them, including the wintry Pink Squirrel (Cognac, crème de Nayoux, crème de cacao, cream, and nutmeg) and the jazzier El Morocco (Osocalis brandy, ruby port, lime, pineapple gum, grenadine, Angostura bitters). In eight years of bartending, I think I cumulatively made about three and one of those, respectively. The Gaspar Burger is available, but there’s a fresh menu of bar snacks, including Chef Chris Jones’ truffled egg custard. If you miss happy hour (4-6 p.m., weekdays), don’t worry, because this room serves Pimm’s Cups until 10 or later.

Gaspar Brasserie
, 185 Sutter, 415-576-8800 or

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Peter Lawrence Kane

Peter Lawrence Kane is SF Weekly's Arts Editor. He has lived in San Francisco since 2008 and is two-thirds the way toward his goal of visiting all 59 national parks.


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