If the next John Wick movie takes place in San Francisco, a lot of big action scenes will undoubtedly happen at Bix. The entrance is hidden down a back alley in Jackson Square and it’s always close to pitch black inside. There’s a balcony running the length of the restaurant for the puppetmaster crime boss to perch on, and there’s the perfect staircase for a lady assassin to slowly walk down when she goes to get a drink from the bar. There are also multiple exits.
In this reality though, Bix is a great old-school place to grab drinks or get dinner with your relatives whose taste hasn’t changed since 1993. The menu has an actual hors d’oeuvres section with things like puff potatoes and deviled eggs, and the mains are classics like strip steaks and lobster spaghetti. The long bar is stocked with every spirit imaginable, to the point that if you ask a bartender what kinds of gin, vodka, or whiskey they have, their answer will be “a lot.” They keep the glasses chilled by shoving them into a gigantic goblet full of shaved ice, and there’s a questionable painting of a clown and a ballerina making out at the center of the room - which doesn’t make the drinks taste any better, but is a great topic of discussion with whoever you bring here.