Cantina Lounge and Gallery
San Francisco, CA 94102
A Cantina is understood to be a bar, a salon, or a kind of saloon: really, a social gathering place. The origin of this word ‘Cantina’ begins in Italy, when it became the name for the wine caves and roadside taverns where patrons paused over fermented and distilled elixirs on their travels. Gradually Cantinas spread to Spain, Portugal, France, and North Africa. They became centers of cultural and intellectual exchange, where business, gossip, politics, art and religion were readily discussed. The commodity sold and shared was, of course, Drink; an experience since chronicled in many mediums of Art including film, photography, painting, and every manner of poetry and prose. As the Americas were colonized, Cantinas became a staple of the New World, spreading throughout the Caribbean, South America, Mexico, and lastly, the American West. Every incarnation reflected its environment and geography, as well as its roots. Here at 580 Sutter Street, San Francisco, this Cantina is an homage to history and the way Latin culture has colored life here in San Francisco. Channeling these Cantinas throughout history, we offer the same commodity of Drink; specifically handcrafted culinary cocktails, wines from Latin appellations, and locally brewed beers. The experience that we offer is one of cultural exchange, an environment where a creative quality of life is celebrated. At the forefront of the culinary cocktail movement, the talented barmen and women of Cantina shake cocktails made entirely with premium spirits, homemade bitters, syrups, infusions, classic seltzer and hand-squeezed citrus. And as many of our cocktails rely upon fresh citrus, we have planted trees in the Santa Clara Valley including Meyer lemon, grapefruit, Palestinian lime, kumquat, and Mandarin orange – fresher is always better. Look around and you’ll see art upon our walls, warm colors and a richness of Latin and San Franciscan history. Whatever road you may be traveling upon, we invite you to rest a moment and release your worries; experience a celebration of community, a sharing of Art and Drink.