Maybe it’s the witchy bar that cast some sort of magic spell over us or maybe we’re just getting older and every year gets progressively shorter. But the Louisiana-style craft-beer-and-cocktail bar Old Devil Moon — along with an art-directed restroom, Tarot reading resident psychic, and voodoo-driven decor — has been around for a full year now, and it celebrates its first anniversary tomorrow, Saturday, Sept. 23.
Run by a group of cicerones — one advanced and three certified — the New Orleans-esque bar will roll out a special beer list just for the all-day affair. From noon until 2 a.m., sip on rare local brews from Sante Adairius, Almanac, The Rare Barrel, Cellarmaker, Temescal Brewing, and more. At noon, they’ll start pouring an initial tap list of 10 remarkable beers. Then, every hour on the hour, the beer-masters will tap an secret keg until they reach 20 in all. Stay all day to partake in tastes of rare sours, allocated IPAs, and vintage barrel aged beers. (Check ODM’s Facebook prior to the event for some hints as to what’s coming.)
Grab a seat on the back patio for quarter-pound Coney Dogs until 4 p.m., then check out the new food menu from 6 p.m. to midnight. Chow down on already established hits, like fried Gulf shrimp, Oysters Rockefeller, fried chicken, and roast beef po’ boys, but get a glimpse at the new dishes that include fried pickle spears, Louisiana hot link po’ boys, BBQ beef sandos, an ODM cheeseburger, and devil’s pups (hush puppies topped with powdered sugar, Ghirardelli chocolate, and whipped cream).
As far as booze goes, you can still taste through ODM’s classic cocktails, but an updated cocktail menu welcomes new tropical additions like the Devil’s Daiquiri (a rhum agricole daiquiri with Averna) and the Bitter Mai Tai (made with Campari and Jamaican rum). A classic Boulevardier can be found on draft alongside pours of Fernet Francisco. Don’t miss the Spirit Raiser (a tequila-based take on a Corpse Reviver) and The Moon Also Rises (a mezcal-based take on a The Sun Also Rises) for a play on the classics. Some of the bartenders also double as Tarot readers, so don’t be surprised if you leave with a glimpse into your future.
These days, it’s a big feat to last a year in the highly-competitive, high-rent landscape of San Francisco. We applaud Old Devil Moon for making it to this milestone and look forward to celebrating with them this weekend but can’t help but wonder — did they cast a collective voodoo charm over the whole city to keep us coming back for more? We’ll take that gamble.
Old Devil Moon’s one-year anniversary, Saturday, Sept. 23, noon – 2 a.m., 3472 Mission St., olddevilmoonsf.com