Koko Cocktails - C L O S E D Who Loves It (1)
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Address: 1060 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94109
Neighborhood: Pacific Heights / Japantown
Phone: 415-885-4788
Website: www.myspace.com/kokococktails

    
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Posted by:  Elizabeth Hollis Hansen

Koko is one of those spots you might walk by in broad daylight and hesitate to go in. The neon signage out front looks vaguely Korean, and peering through the window you find there isn't much to look at except a few afternoon drinkers who seem to melt into the bar stools. Walk by after dark, however, and you might be drawn in by the sound of oldies reggae and rocksteady, or smooth soul, blues, and jazz. Those who know about Koko's don't talk about it much, out of fear it will lose its laidback, not-trying-too-hard coolness. The drinks are strong and cheap, the bartenders affable, and the lighting just dim enough to watch the samurai films projected on the back wall. The vibe at Koko is hip without being overrun with hipsters, and artsy without being edgy and obscure. On a recent visit, however, two paintings displayed on either end of the back wall can only be described as cryptic cubist goth nudes. Koko's is a sure reminder that in San Francisco, anything goes.

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