Saturday, April 05, 2014

Cocktails in the City - Happy Hour at El Techo de Lolinda

El Techo de Lolinda - SignWe've slowed down on happy hour recently because of work schedule related reasons. And when we do go to happy hour, the places we've been to did not have anything new in terms of drinks or overall experience except when we went to El Techo de Lolinda.

Drinks are good.  Food is good. The city views are good.

In case you did not know, El Techo is Spanish for roof.

You get in to the bar through a door next to the Lolinda restaurant. The bar is on the rooftop. I don't know this for sure but I think this is why the name El Techo de Lolinda. I discovered this bar one Thursday evening after dropping by the Mission outdoor market. Mijo obliged when I suggested we go and try it one time.

The city views from El Techo are absolutely amazing. The view of the city from the Mission District gives the illusion of a big and dense Financial District.
El Techo de Lolinda - Zoom view

We got to the bar 5 minutes early before mobs of people started coming so we were lucky to get a table right away. It was cold and rainy but the bar has what it looks like a retractable transparent roof. I imagine the roof and the dividers are kept open during the summer months.
El Techo de Lolinda - View

We usually enjoy a round of drinks with food so we decided to order this guacamole with chips appetizer. It was good and tasted fresh.
El Techo de Lolinda - Chips

I quickly scanned the cocktail menu and noticed that the drinks are based on alcohol and liquors made in the Americas like tequila, mezcal, rum, cachaça, pisco, curacao, etc. I decided to get the El Presidente which is made of rum, vermouth, grenadine and curacao. It was served with orange peel.
El Techo de Lolinda - El Presidente

Mijo decided to get this drink called Burning Leaves as suggested by our server. It is made of fidencio mezcal, dry vermouth, aperol, cocchi americano. It was also served with an orange peel.
El Techo de Lolinda - Burning Leaves

We enjoyed the drinks and had another round so we decided to order more food to go with the drinks. This is called Patacón which is green plantain patty, black beans and queso fresco.
El Techo de Lolinda - Patacon

Here are Empanada de Carne which is ground beef, egg, raisins, chimichurri.
El Techo de Lolinda - Empanada de Carne

We left just a little after 6:30pm but we will definitely be back.
El Techo de Lolinda - Crowd


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