Place: Bar Agricole
Address:355 11th St
Location: Between Folsom and Harrison St.
Web Site: www.baragricole.com
Price: Cocktails $10
Grand gestures are operating at Bar Agricole — the integrity of the ingredients and the dramatic aesthetics of the space. The long ramp up to the great gray box of a building, set as far back from the street as a Pacific Heights mansion, passes a wood-fenced patio. Broach the front door, and it’s hard to decide whether to focus on the bar — as much a showpiece as a spray of flowers — or the stratospheric ceilings. From them hang brightly glowing, curvy boxes, which initially resemble folds of thick felt but turn out to be formed of hundreds of clear tubes. One wall is tiled in thousands of raw-wood barrel staves, irregularly placed so they resemble a school of herring fleeing the fishing boats.
The cocktail list changes frequently, and the drink descriptions are marked by cognoscenti-approved ingredients like barolo chinato (a sweet Italian digestif) as well as local touches (rum agricole from St. George Spirits, myriad bitters made in-house).