Fans of World Series champs aren't supposed to bother with spring training results (even though the Giants have been promising so far), but at this point, we're looking for any reason to look ahead to afternoons at AT&T Park.
And it's not just for a reunion with Kung Fu Panda.
It's because of The Alchemist, now softly open.
This hip-but-neighborhoody, Steampunk-inspired den of cocktails and reclaimed wood is the perfect antidote to South Beach's sports bar-dominated scene.
Given the proximity to the ballpark, start with some nuts at the thirteen-seat bar. Beez Nuts is a comforting gin cocktail rich with herbal chamomile, lemon, and honey -- ingredients pretty perfect for overcoming any ninth-inning cardiac comebacks.
Tired of discussing the merits of Timmy's new haircut? Dominate the shuffleboard area as you consider the awesomeness of reserving the mezzanine lounge for your next birthday. Or at least a comfy couch or two.
The bar will soon host a series of bi-weekly guest bartender events where mixologists show off their skills with a one-night-only five-cocktail menu of their own making. Kind of like a starting rotation, just boozier.
Price: 2 (out of 4)
Parking: Metered street. (But you know how that goes when the Giants are at home.)
Hot seat: The bar.
Mixology masters: The rotating 10-cocktail menu ranges from little-known classics (Monkey Gland) to creative signature cocktails (Beez Nuts, Campfire Fizz) and tinctures.
Nearby: Tres; 25 Lusk; Lucky Strike