Inspired by the taverns of the ancient Roman neighborhood it was named for, Aventine is also built from San Francisco history—a 150 year-old seawall, which marks the site of the infamous Barbary Coast, is part of its foundation. Modern twists on classic SF cocktails like the Pisco Brut Punch and the Driftwood flow from the main bar, which is framed by brick walls, large windows and artifacts dating back to Jackson Square’s more infamous times.
Downstairs in the parlor, oriental carpet, leather armchairs, and a luxurious dark wood bar juxtapose with the saltwater stained wall and open rafters for a masculine lounge that feels almost private—which is an option for members who reserve on of Aventine’s handcrafted liquor lockers. But that’s not to say Aventine wants to be exclusive: the owners’ come-one, come-all policy means the place occasionally erupts into the alley for an impromptu block party.
Created out of pride in its history, Taverna Aventine is a place to eat, drink and socialize for the generation writing the city’s history today—and having a hell of a time doing it.