Ice Cream Bar

Restaurants, Ice cream parlors Cole Valley
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 (Photograph: David Boyer)
Photograph: David Boyer
Ice Cream Bar
 (Photograph: Connor Norris)
Photograph: Connor Norris
Ice Cream Bar
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Photograph: Paul Dyer
Ice Cream Bar
 (Photograph: Connor Norris)
Photograph: Connor Norris
Ice Cream Bar

A contemporary take on an old-fashioned ice cream shop, Ice Cream Bar recalls the Golden Age of the soda fountain and lunch counter—complete with soda jerks in chevron hats and bow ties, an authentic 1930s fountain carted in from Mackinaw City, Michigan, and Streamline Moderne decor. The fountain features updated and upscale interpretations of 1940s and '50s ice-cream treats—cones, floats, phosphates, sundaes, malts, milkshakes, ice-cream sandwiches and Lactarts (flavored sodas made with lactart, a milk acid). There's also a savory menu with nostalgic items such as tuna melts and grilled cheese sandwiches. Everything is made in-house, including the cones, the cookies for the ice-cream sandwiches and the hot dog buns. The Art Deco bar at the back of the room offers grown-up fountain drinks, including “remedies” like the Royal Red Milkshake: Duchesse De Bourgogne Flemish Red Ale, Sandeman Royal Ambrosante, 20-year-old sherry, cherry ice cream, and turbinado syrup.


Venue name: Ice Cream Bar
Address: 815 Cole St
San Francisco

Cross street: at Carl St
Opening hours: Mon–Thu, Sun noon–10pm; Fri–Sat noon–11pm
Transport: Metro to Cole St & Carl St. / Bus 6, 37, 43
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