Grab-a some Grappa at Intercontinental San Francisco's Bar 888

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  1. uggboy
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    Grab-a some Grappa at Intercontinental San Francisco's Bar 888 :)

    We’ve heard of vodka bars and whiskey bar, and even absinthe bars, but on a recent visit to the Intercontinental San Francisco, we found the hotel’s Bar 888 was dedicated to cocktails made with an oft-neglected spirit, grappa.
    Yeah, grappa’s totally not everyone’s favorite, especially because the ones we’ve gotten in the States until now have been…shall we say, substandard. Not to mention that it’s usually drunk as a digestif rather than a pre-dinner libation. Bar 888, however, has assembled one of the city’s, if not the country’s largest collection of the spirit, with over 120 hand-selected grappas, for curious drinkers and sophisticated imbibers alike to sample both individually and in a carefully curated menu of specialty cocktails that showcase the liquor’s unexpected versatility.

    While we were there last month, they mixed us up some of their signature drinks using grappa, and we were particularly piqued by the Italian Mojito with Marolo honey- and lemon verbena-infused grappa, fresh mint, sugar and lime juice and soda ($12); the When in Rom with Bertanognoli Moscato Grappa, limoncello, fresh-squeezed orange juice and fresh raspberries served with a salted rim ($12); and the Grappa Manhattan with Jacopo Poli Barrique Grappa (trust us, try this one on its own, it’s like a fine scotch), Amaro and blood orange bitters served up and with a twist ($20).

    If you still can’t get your mind around grappa, don’t worry, there are plenty of more pedestrian cocktails, and a wide-ranging beer and wine list on hand to accompany snacks like the roasted Marcona almonds with sea salt and herbs ($4), parmesan herb fries ($6), chicken wings with harissa bbq sauce ($11), and Vietnamese-style pulled pork sliders on brioche with pickled veggies ($13). Which would taste good with grappa...or anything else, really.
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    A travelzoo special for the IC San Francisco:

    • For $69, indulge in a massage or facial, glass of wine and amenity access at The I Spa at InterContinental San Francisco, regularly $140
    • Use the facilities, including Swiss showers and eucalyptus-infused steam room
    • The custom massage uses a blend of warm elixirs, oils and sound therapies
    • Frommer's calls the spa "luxe" and praises its "sky-lit lap pool"
    • Allure Magazine called it one of the top day spas in the U.S., specifically noting the custom massage
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    Very important to note, most of the deals the ICSF spa does via Travelzoo/bloomspot/Yelp/etc. have a caveat that they're only good for bookings Monday thru Thursday.

    If you do take advantage of this and get a massage, I highly recommend asking for Jesus. He is really fabulous at his job!!!
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