Friday, July 16, 2010


For Bastille Day we attempted to go to Beldin Place to take in the festivities in the "French Quarter" but as they were charging a $10 cover to 'get in' we decided to forgo the fête and headed to North Beach. Having passed by the newly opened Comstock Saloon on the bus many times we decided to test the waters for ourself.We didn't sample the food, although the menu looked nice -elevated pub grub like bone marrow pot pie and maple bourbon pudding. The drinks were impeccable and the service charming. I had the South Side, a gin-based cocktail with lime, sugar, mint and seltzer.
Comstock is furnished with funky vintage pieces, there is an old-fashioned crank fan,and I think I might have even seen a waiter with a watch fob. In spite of the somewhat kitschy look the place isn't overly trendy-fied and the bartenders are down to earth and happy to chat - they might even tell you what their personal favorite drink is (the Sazerac - rye, sugar, Peychaud's and absinthe). Overall the place was captivating and a welcome escape from the FiDi two blocks away.

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