The Sea Star

Alicia Walton (The Sea Star)This is an exciting post! We’re trying something different and featuring cocktails that we didn’t make. This week’s cocktails are brought to you courtesy of our friend Alicia Walton, owner of The Sea Star in the Dogpatch. We also have an extra bonus cocktail this week, and a new Instagram cocktail contest with a real prize! Head over to @thetastesf on Instagram to participate and win a $25 gift certificate to The Sea Star (don’t forget to follow us).

The Sea Star
If you haven’t been to The Sea Star yet, you need to go. It’s one of our favorite neighborhood spots, and it’s been a bar since at least 1899, according to a fire insurance map made that year. In those days, bars were typically named after the gentlemen that owned them. Alicia also found a reference to the bar being called The Melody Room at one point in the 20th century, since no one wanted to use the words “bar” or “saloon” after prohibition, they used melodic terms. The bar was purchased by Southern Pacific Brewing in 2014, and then changed hands to the current owners, Alicia, Tommy Shaw, and Ryan Gilbert in 2015.

Mule on Tap
Mule on Tap

The Sea Star always has a great selection of beer on tap, but we go for the cocktails (there’s also an amazing mule on tap that we love), which are always creative and delicious. It was so hot the day we took these photos that Alicia made us a pina colada and mint julep (that she usually makes with basil) as soon as we walked in.

Pina Colada
Mint Julep

Not only is Alicia an amazingly creative mixologist, she is also fast! She currently holds the title as San Francisco’s winner of Speed Rack, an all-female bartending competition benefitting breast cancer research, education, and prevention. She heads to New York City this summer for the National competition.

Bitter Queens
Bitter Queens Greg Robles

We also got to hang out with Greg Robles of Bitter Queens, a local small batch bitters company. You never know who you’ll sit next to. Alicia used their Shanghai Shirley 5-Spice bitters in the cocktail some lucky person will be naming on Instagram soon. We’re looking forward to trying their other bitters!

Check out some of our the shots from the photoshoot we did for The Sea Star, then head over to our instagram to give your suggestion for a name for the Cynar-based cocktail in the recipes below.

chili aperol
pisco sour

amaro cocktail

The Golden Mean

The Golden Mean
The Golden Mean
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Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Stir and serve over ice.

ABC (ALWAYS BE CLOSING)

Making the ABC Always Be Closing
ABC Always Be Closing
The ABC (Always Be Closing)
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Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Shake and serve over ice.

The Sea Star
2289 3rd St. San Francisco, CA

1 Comment

  1. I have yet to visit, but per naming TBD:
    When you combine The Golden Mean (artichoke leaf structure) with The Gangster Lean (Bourbon being the choice of successful, Caddy driving street hustlers of my North Nashville youth) …you get “The Golden Lean.”

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