Big 4, The

Overall Rating: 4.350

Address: 1075 California St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn Cushman & Taylor Sts., in the Huntington Hotel
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94108
Neighborhood: Nob Hill
Phone: 415.771.1140
Hours: Su-Sa 7am-12am
Type of Establishment: Bar
Cafe Rating: 5.50
Barista: 3
Savvy: 2
Ambiance: 9
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Rancilio
Coffee Rating: 3.20
Aroma: 3
Body: 4
Brightness: 3
Crema: 3
Flavor: 3
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Ashy
Coffee Beans: Peerless
Cup Manufacturer: Dudson Ltd.
Price: $4.50
Last Update: 01/17/2009
First Reviewed: 01/17/2009
Notes: None

Now this is what a classic, old school cocktail bar is all about in San Francisco - though The Big 4 is also a restaurant, attached to the Huntington Hotel. The Huntington was originally set up in the 1920s for apartments, and some still function as such. The Big 4 is named after the four major railroad barons of Nob Hill/the Central Pacific Railroad, and the theme inside the place is old SF money elegance. The bar is decorated with old framed posters, dark wood, interesting sculptures, low lights, and a large piano bar area in front. Further back in the bar they use a two-group Rancilio to pull shots with a barebones thin, light brown crema (no surprise for the cheap choice of Peerless beans). It has a flavor weighted heavily in ashiness with some tobacco notes. Served in delicate Dudson fine china. Why a place like this charges $4.50 for an espresso and serves rot-got Peerless Coffee beans is beyond us.