Traditionalists maintain that the best way to counteract the pains of a hangover is to obtain a hair of the dog that bit you, and after a good night's sleep, run DNA tests and prosecute. Today's Groupon wins you some sips: for $10, you get $20 worth of rum cocktails, punches, and more at Hobson's Choice on Haight Street.
Customers carouse with cocktails at Hobson's Choice, a vintage, Victorian couch bar specializing in rum-focused potables and punch bowls. Boasting one of the largest collections of rum in the country, Hobson's also houses a team of masterful mixologists and barhops who blend the fermented firewater in order to create a manifold menu of rotating drinks. Antique armchairs dot the bar's crimson-walled room, peppered with people slurping a range of fancy punches, including the house punch ($5/glass, $30/large bowl), a synthesis of silver rum, pineapple, orange, and mango juice that pairs impeccably with thoughts of waffles. March's menu manifests a mixture of melon and mint drinks, including the Melon Drop and Girl Scout Cookie. Though the house specialty is rum, brew lovers can hit up Hobson's for hoppier suds ($4.50–$7.50), coaxed from the tap by high-pitched whistles.
Beneath twin lanterns rests the entrance to a quiet punch house modeled after the classic British punch houses of the Victorian era. These are not punches of fruit or fist, but rather of rum, the chosen inebriant of Hobson's Choice. The bar stocks more than 120 varieties of this sugary spirit, including Old Grog, Myers's, and Neisson Réserve Spéciale, as well as rare and limited-quantity batches. Beneath a line of antique chandeliers dripping with sweet, sweet history, the staff fills glasses with specialty cocktails such as the Planter's Punch, a mixture of Coruba dark Jamaican rum, fresh orange juice, lemon juice, and grenadine. To chase these libations, they also serve food catered by the nearby Asqew Grill.