It’s become a modern tradition to visit Buena Vista Cafe to order a $10.50 Irish Coffee, said to have been conceived here in 1952 by a local travel writer. This punch-packing quaff lures hordes of tourists before they wobble toward the cable car turnaround across the street. You may not want to hear how the bartender gets the cream to float—it’s aged for 2 days before use. Some 2,000 are served each day in high season, which means you will probably have to wait for a table on a weekend afternoon (better, probably, to come at night; it’s open until 2am). These beverages are indeed delicious, and the publike setting is classic without being snooty.
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Buena Vista Café
2765 Hyde St (at Beach St)
Our Rating Hours Mon–Fri 9am–2am, Sat–Sun 8am–2am Phone 415/474-5044 Web site Buena Vista Café