San Francisco Drinks: Irish Coffee at the Buena Vista Cafe

San Francisco Drinks: Irish Coffee at the Buena Vista CafeSan Francisco Drinks: Irish Coffee at the Buena Vista CafeSan Francisco Drinks: Irish Coffee at the Buena Vista Cafe

Long before there were all these fancy martini drinks, the Irish Coffee was considered the upscale drink of choice.  An Irish Coffee is thought to be a variation of the classic hot toddy and is made with hot coffee, Irish whiskey, and sugar, all stirred together, and is then topped with a thick layer of cream (not whipped cream).  You drink the strong liquored coffee through the cream for a smooth flavor.

 

The origin of the Irish Coffee is highly disputed, but I like the version that it was first served here in the United States at the Buena Vista Café in San Francisco.  Located at the corner of Hyde and Beach, the Buena Vista was once a boarding house before being converted into a saloon in 1916.  One evening at the saloon, Pulitzer Prize winner travel writer Stanton Delaplane worked with Buena Vista owner Jack Koeppler to recreate a drink that Delaplane had sampled while at Shannon Airport in Ireland.  The two tried and tried to recreate the drink with the properly floating layer of cream on top, and it’s said that the two nearly passed out from the tastings until they got it right.

Today the Buena Vista, which is Spanish for “good view”, offers good views of the San Francisco Bay, as well as a full menu and that traditional Irish Coffee.  They’ve perfected the recipe and claim that while it may be copied, it’s never been equaled.  On a cold, dreary, San Francisco day, stop off for an Irish Coffee and see if you agree.

Location:  2765 Hyde St (at Beach), San Francisco.

Hours:  Monday-Friday, 9 am-2 am; Weekends 8 am-2 am

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Long before there were all these fancy martini drinks, the Irish Coffee was considered the upscale drink of choice.  An Irish Coffee is thought to be a variation of the classic hot toddy and is made with hot coffee, Irish whiskey, and sugar, all stirred together, and is then topped with a thick layer of cream (not whipped cream).  You drink the strong liquored coffee through the cream for a smooth flavor.

 

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Mary Jo Manzanares is a traveler, travel blogger, and podcaster. In addition to her blog, Traveling with MJ, she hosts the Where Else to Go podcast, and is the founder and the editor-in-chief of The Traveler’s Way, an online travel magazine. Her travel ethos is value luxury - luxury for real people - and her goal is to help travelers know when to splurge and when to save. Mary Jo has been a speaker at various industry events around the world. When she’s not traveling, Mary Jo likes lingering over a cup of coffee, wandering in a museum, sipping wine at a cafe, and sharing it all with friends and readers. Her most recent travels were to Stockholm, a Baltic cruise, and Universal Orlando Resort.

One Response to “San Francisco Drinks: Irish Coffee at the Buena Vista Cafe”

  1. September 20, 2011 at 11:48 am #

    that irish coffee looks greati havent had one of those in a while

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