Nightlife: Pisco Latin Lounge

Nothing quite moves the soul and the feet (not to mention the ass) like Latin music. Its vibrancy, fast beats, and well punctuated harmonies make sure no one stays from their seat. It should be no surprise then that Pisco Latin Lounge brings the same energy and vivacity to its colorful, well executed and sometimes palate-teasingly complex drinks. Pisco Latin Lounge dedicates the first portion of its drink offerings to those made with its eponymous liquor, Pisco.

Pisco, for the uninitiated, is a brandy-type liquor distilled from muscat grapes, ranging in appearance from crystal clear to a slight honey or amber hue. San Francisco and Pisco have had a long relationship, as the liquor was the first New World spirit to arrive to its shores over 150 years ago. Its popularity peaked in the late 1890s when Duncan Nicol, the last in a long series of owners of the Bank Exchange & Billiard Saloon, formulated the San Francisco establishment's "Pisco Punch." The punch's desirability for Bay area drinkers was so high, the pisco elixir was bottled and sold en masse.

Pisco Punch saw an unfortunate decline, however, with prohibition and Duncan Nicol's death in 1926. Since then, the recipe for his famous pisco based punch has been often

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