In SF, the FiDi is often thought to be good for banking, corporate players, being close to Union Square and hotels. I never thought it'd be a great place to grab a drink but, Rickhouse has officially made the FiDi cool. From the same team that brought us Bourbon and Branch, we get another amazing bar.
Without the huge rustic sign reading Rickhouse in white letters, you'd probably walk right by the huge wooden walls. The door is to the right of the sign. Once inside, you feel as if you've stepped into an old Western saloon/speakeasy combo. It sounds strange but, it's awesome. There's exposed brick, it's dimly lit, old wood is everywhere, the seats reminded me of comfy saddles and the bartenders are dressed in their speakeasy best with vests, ties, and rolled up shirts. Oh, correction: mixologists.
In places like this when there aren't any menus readily available, I opt for asking the professional to mix whatever s/he wants for me. Since I've bartended, the skill has gotten really crazy with a bunch of fresh and amazing ingredients that are usually mixed together in a way I would never have thought. So, I just tell them, I trust you and enjoy the tasty ride that they provide. Like a good mixologist, he asked what liquors I liked or felt like (rum) and if I like citrus (yes) then, made me something fantastic that I can't pronounce but, it was strong. Fernando, not as adventurous as I, stuck with his usual G&T. They also serve punch in real ceramic punch bowls and cups- if we were with a group, we would've gotten this because I've heard great things.
We found a seat in the upstairs area which overlooked both bottom halves of the bar. There is a second bar in the back which we discovered from our perch. There's also a fireplace that was lit and since it's tis the season, there was a Christmas tree to add festive cheer to the dimly lit bar. We were there on a Tuesday and it was crowded, so I can imagine on the weekends, it's probably incredibly hard to get into or crowded or both. If you're in the area, definitely stop by for a drink or two...or three. Fernando declared it his favorite spot in the City (so far).