ABV Launches Over Proof, a Bar-Within-A-Bar - January 12, 2017 - SF Weekly
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ABV Launches Over Proof, a Bar-Within-A-Bar

Hurricane Sandy (Wes Rowe)

ABV, the award-winning cocktail bar on 16th Street, will open a bar-within-a-bar upstairs from the main action called Over Proof next Monday, Jan. 23. It’ll change concepts every three months or so, and kick off with a rum-filled tiki experience called Flip-Flop. After a year, ABV will move on to something else entirely.

Over Proof is reservation-only — with two seatings on Mondays through Thursdays, at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. — and parties of up to six will get a five-course, $80 tasting menu from Chef Collin Hilton spaced out over an hour and half. As the cocktails aren’t strict pairings, the atmosphere is lively and informal, full of vintage rum/rhum ads and the occasional Sonic Youth coaster here and there.

Sonic Youth coasters! And maps of the Caribbean! (Peter Lawrence Kane)

The drinks include a Pink Flamingo made with three types of bitters and a clever version of a Cuba Libre that, although presented from a glass Coca-Cola bottle, contains no Coke whatsoever. On the nosh side, look for shrimp ceviche, rum ham musubi, and skewers of jerk chicken thighs with coriander and winter fruits.

Flip-Flop wraps up in late April, at which point it will become a showcase for whiskeys of the world. So unless you already bought a ticket to Martinique and are planning on kicking your flip-flops off and burying your dogs in warm Caribbean sand, you’d better get on it.

Flip-Flop, Jan. 23 – April 20, in ABV’s Over Proof, 3174 16th St., overproofsf.com