Traveler, a new San Francisco bar, is attempting to bring Bay Area denizens and visitors the opportunity to enjoy drinks from across the globe without ever leaving the city. Located on the ground floor of 25 Lusk, the bar’s decor and menu will rotate every six months to spotlight a different part of the world, starting with Mexico..
“Mexico was a no-brainer for me because it’s so close,” said bar director Elmer Mejicanos. “We have everything so available, and because it’s the first time we do this concept, I wanted something close to us.”
From a unique take on paloma where each ingredient has been clarified to a variety of seasonal spiked aguas frescas, with flavors like pluot and jalapeno or hibiscus, pineapple and epazote, Traveler promises to deliver more than just another margarita bar to San Francisco. The most interesting drink on the menu may very well be the tepache, a pineapple drink dating back to pre-Columbian Mexico that takes three days to ferment.
On the food side of things, diners can expect a selection of street food from Oaxaca to the Yucatán, including a tlayuda topped with black bean, elote and queso, and cochinita pibil tacos. Tortillas and salsas will be made fresh daily.
Jesus Fernando Ake Chan and Eutimio Avila created the menu for Traveler’s Mexico edition. Each time Traveler rotates to a new location, the team plans to partner up with a different chef who hails from that country.
Next stop on Traveler’s globe trot is most likely going to be somewhere in Asia, according to Mejicanos.
Traveler at 25 Lusk in San Francisco is open Tuesday to Thursday, from 5 through 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. till midnight.
For more information or to make a reservation, head over to the official website.