Our own Doug Phillips was born too late. He’s a man obsessed with the 70s, and so it wasn’t much of a surprise when he proposed a Fern Bar edition to continue our Fan Fiction series. And we’re into it, because calcium deficiencies are a silent killer and many of the Fern Bar era cocktails are basically tall glasses of milk.
Fern Bars are an important stop on American Bar History timeline. In 1970 Norman Hobday opened Henry Africa’s in San Francisco, it was a distinct departure from the dark taverns that people typically frequented. The lighting was brighter, think Tiffany lamps and Grandma’s parlor decor, along with a fair amount of the ferns that eventually gave this style of establishment their name. It was a space women could go alone or in groups, making Fern Bars significant in the story of the sexual revolution, too.
Because he’s passionate about his work, Doug went deep into the study of 1970s cocktails and emerged with a strong menu that spans the gamut of styles and spirits. It’s sure to delight your palette and give you greater insight into the evolutionary path of the modern cocktail. And get ya drunk.
Fan Fiction: Fern Bar edition
Sunday, September 21st