Americano’s Business-Chic Cocktail Hour

When the clock nears rush hour, it seems downtown businesspeople are in no rush in San Francisco, nor headed home. Where are they going? Après-work, the suits from the Financial District, Embarcadero Center, and Union Square proceed to the swanky, yet sophisticated, Americano Restaurant and Bar located at Mission Street’s northern end to mingle and sip tasty cocktails after a hard day’s work.

Although there is no dress code at Americano, the after-work crowd is always dressed to impress. For all you female readers, if not for the colorful drinks, the modern décor or the ambiance, come for the sleek men in suits. It’s like a GQ meat-market at this happening hotspot.

But yes, Americano is more than just its guests. The location is unbeatable as it faces The Embarcadero with views of the water and Bay Bridge. To take full advantage of this exceptional locality, Americano boasts a large, one-of-a-kind outdoor patio. Don’t let San Francisco’s usual chill scare you, the heating lamps (and your neighbor’s suit jacket) are very comforting.

The cocktails, although pricey, are known for their strength so take your time and enjoy. An out of the ordinary blend to try is the Hemingway Daiquiri, which infuses rum with smooth Luxardo Maraschino liqueur and is topped with lime juice and a splash of grapefruit.

Now let’s talk furnishings. It’s not difficult to meet your next business partner or future client with the seating arrangement at Americano. Whether you prefer mingling in the loungey corner for a more intimate environment, an indoor or outdoor table, bar stool, or even the freedom of standing, Americano has the diversity and the real estate to keep any professional entertained.

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