Wilson and Wilson
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- Wilson and WilsonMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodiesLuxury Travelers+ 3First to ReviewDec 26, 2013
HA! a speakeasy located WITHIN a speakeasy, Wilson & Wilson takes on the cover of a PI agency but in reality, it is a secret bar within Bourbon & Branch with a trapdoor (yet another one) for its entrance. Reservations are HIGHLY recommended as this is a rather intimate room with mostly bar seats, a few 2 seaters, and 1 larger table. Cocktails are innovative and expertly crafted. sure, this is gimmicky, but this is also WAY cool!
- Wilson and WilsonJan 04, 2013
Wilson & Wilson is one of my favorite bars in SF. It has the authentic, Prohibition-era speakeasy vibe as Bourbon & Branch, as well as the fun and laid-back feel that Bourbon & Branch unfortunately doesn't. I love the entire ambiance of the tiny bar, every minuscule detail perfectly executed to reflect their unique 1920's detective theme. I loved the frosted window pane -- it made me feel like I was in a Hitchcock thriller; and when cops drive by (which happens pretty often in the Tenderloin), the flashing siren lights make the window look that much more cool.
The number of cocktails at Wilson & Wilson pale in comparison to the encyclopedia of a menu at B&B, but I think that the quality of the drinks at W&W are far superior. I love the tasting flights of 3 different cocktails for $30. It was a great opportunity to try out different drinks, the vast majority of which were phenomenal.
My favorite drink of the night was the Charlie Chan. It smelled great (black pepper aroma) and had a gentle sweetness that wasn't too overpowering. The black tea infused alcohol (vodka?) provided an excellent balance for all the flavors. Other great drinks include the Truth Serum and Skull Island. The Pulp Fiction was good too, but I had too high of expectations for it, since it carries the same name as that of my favorite film of all time. "English, motherfucker, do you speak it?!"
What made our night awesome, however, was our bartender, Lauren. She had a great humor and was very sweet to our party of 5. Her mixology skills were on point. We all agreed that she was the primary reason why our visit to Wilson & Wilson was incredible.
As much as I love Bourbon & Branch, the problem there is that you don't feel important at all. You have stuck-up waitresses yelling at you for talking too loud and none of them try to get to know you. There's a disconnect from its patrons that borders on arrogant.
At Wilson & Wilson, however, you feel important. You can relax, have good conversations, and drink amazing concoctions to your heart's content. And that makes the experience so much more enjoyable.