Oscar Wilde went for absinthe. F. Scott Fitzgerald preferred gin rickeys. And Ernest Hemingway liked his daiquiris (a little too much). So it’s only logical that literary-minded boozehounds can finally get their own bar, appropriately named Novela.
The new SoMa lounge is a glam version of a library: A rainbow of color-coordinated vintage books lines one wall, velvety divans beckon and birdcage-encased chandeliers hang from the ceiling, providing perfect mood lighting for quoting from The Beautiful and Damned.
The poison of choice is old-school punch with a new twist--it’s on tap. Bar gurus Alex Smith (of Gitane) and Kate Bolton (of Maven) rotate a selection of five seasonal punches inspired by their literary heroes. Hemingway, Novela’s patron saint, has his own Code Hero variety, made with whiskey, maraschino, Pimm’s and grapefruit and lemon juices.
There’s also a selection of cocktails named after beloved characters: The Holly Golightly is a spirited mix of manuka-honey vodka, Grand Marnier, chocolate bitters and soda. The Huckleberry Finn revolves around a bracing El Dorado eight-year-old rum; the sweet side is tempered by a tart lemon and grapefruit marmalade, topped with Fever-Tree tonic and an edible flower.
Warning: Attempting to actually read a book after several servings isn’t advised.
662 Mission St.; 415-896-6500 or novelasf.com