Craft cocktails are a joy, but sometimes (you put out a fire next door on opening day — true story; we were there, and these guys did) you just need a stiff one ASAP.
Enter below the cameo-emblazoned sign into Dear Mom, the new no-frills Mission bar from a couple of Thieves Tavern’s drink slingers.
Bartenders/owners/heroes Jay Beaman and Oliver Piazza focus on low-key booze: Think daily tiered whiskey specials from the 100-plus selection, eight beers on tap, and a small classic cocktail list. Soak it up with gastropub fare by Chez Spencer’s Laurent Katgely (beef sliders, shrimp and grits).
Redwood picnic tables and benches, and Mason jar light fixtures welcome. Take your newest bar mate past the whiskey barrels to the curtained back room for a little privacy or raise a glass at the U-shaped walnut bar, complete with a covetable front nipple (their word, not ours) for optimal comingling.
Hey, it ain’t your mama’s bar.
Dear Mom, 2700 16th Street, at Harrison Street (415-625-3362 or dearmomsf.com). Cash only, so bring your dollars. Whisper this sweet nothing to a bartender for a free shot of Bushmills: “Whiskey is my DailyCandy.”