From the team behind Bar Agricole, Trou Normand is a mecca for French spirits and housemade charcuterie. And the name is a reference to the calvados drunk in between courses or meals in Normandy. Soaring ceilings, cool marble and a larger-than-life nude mural help blend the bar into the Financial District’s classical aesthetic, while setting it apart enough that it feels progressive. Like Bar Agricole, the drinks are ingredient conscious—to the point that some of the spirits, including the house calvados, are plucked from straight from the source and bought by the barrel. Trou Normand is also one of the few spaces in San Francisco with a butcher’s license, so be sure to peek down the hallway to the butchering room in back.
- craft cocktails
- full menu
- good wine
What to drink
Anything from the French spirits menu, neat. For a morning reviver, the Sleepyhead (Armagnac, ginger, mint, cava) does the job and the Supreme (calvados, grenadine, lemon, orgeat) pairs well with a cured meat plate on an afternoon.
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Trou Normand opens at 1130 a.m. and serves a killer lunch. Cocktails are an all day affair, and calvados is a surprisingly great afternoon drink.