Winston Churchill was famous for the high standards he applied to alcohol, quipping that "Liquor is quicker, but get me a single malt scotch with moon rocks in it! I'm the English president!" Be like Ol' Winnie with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of lounge fare, cocktails, and other drinks at The Ambassador, located in the Tenderloin. This Groupon is only valid before 10 p.m.
A product of the Vintage 415 cultural market company, The Ambassador exhibits a debonair vibe with its 31 chandeliers, plush red carpet, and two large TV screens that have been known to mysteriously splice single frames of Connery-era Bond films into whatever is on at the time. Contemplate how to foil a brilliantly evil archenemy while sipping one of the Ambassador's specialty cocktails ($9), such as the Ace Of Spades, which mixes Hendrick's Gin, cucumber, lime, and soda.
Planners-ahead should make a table reservation to nab one of the leather-black booths—each is equipped with an old-school rotary phone that acts as a direct link to the bartender for ordering another round of drinks, such as Anchor Steam on draft ($5). Balance out the eat-to-drink ratio by grabbing a sophisticated bite from the food menu, filled with satiating sustenance such as basil-pesto bruschetta ($6) and Italian sausage sliders ($9).
A popular post-work hangout for office workers and human cannonballs, The Ambassador is typically hopping until 2 a.m., with DJs throughout the week and bars on two levels. Drop the kids off and simmer down with a stiff, tongue-approved drink in the Old Vegas vibe of The Ambassador.