Bannack, Montana, USA
SIPS OF BOURBON: Fire in the Hole at Rock Bar, San Francisco
In the hunt for a worthy San Francisco dive, I was directed towards Rock Bar, a cozy little pub away enough on the outskirts of the Mission that it’s probably considered Bernal Heights, and the weekend crowds still stay mellow enough. All the necessary components are there: cheap, strong drinks; a pool table, a jukebox; a seasoned crowds of regulars and revelers alike. It’s glorious. (They even have kitsch — the place is festooned with literal rocks.) They still care about their liquors though, and the bartender made the hell out of my first Old Fashioned, which was all fine and well until I saw a sign for perhaps the greatest drink special I’ve ever encountered:
Fire in the Hole
Bottle of Schlitz
Shot of Four Roses
Piece of Charcuterie
Brilliant. I’m done. I’ve found my dive.
I need such a dive!