Way downtown amongst the banks, a handsome new cocktail spot opens tonight in a space that was once home to Cable Car Clothiers at Sansome and Bush. It's called The Treasury, and it's a grand, high-ceilinged space off the lobby of the Beaux Arts-style 115 Sansome, which is also home to a Blue Bottle Coffee.

The bar, which features cocktails by longtime Absinthe guy Carlos Yturria, is a long narrow space that utilizes the high glass on the main wall to highlight a sleek, well lit new back bar.
Geremia Design incorporated brass piping, crystal fixtures, and a grand, tiered, modern glass chandelier to give the place a luxe feel.

And, you'll definitely be feeling the peak-economy luxury on the food menu, which features three tiers of caviar service (Estate, $79; Select, $105; Reserve, $130), as well as oysters, chicken liver mousse toasts, and a shrimp cocktail with Bloody Mary cocktail sauce. Just to keep things real, though, there's also housemade tater tots, and pigs in a blanket.

The owners behind the place are Arnold Eric Wong (Bacar, EOS, E&O) and Phil West (chef-owner at Range, co-owner of Third Rail), and they're calling it a "modern progressive bar" with some Parisian touches.

Below, some more photos and the cocktail list. Note that one drink, the Standard Oil, is a nod to the fact this building was once the headquarters of that big, Gilded Age oil company — here interpreted as a Drambuie and coffee-spiked rye Manhattan.


A sample of the shrimp cocktail. Photo: Blake Young/SFist

The Oro Viejo and the Standard Oil. Photo: Blake Young/SFist

Photo: Blake Young/SFist

The Treasury - Cocktails

Glass Ceiling
Absolut vodka, bergamot, Manzanilla sherry, sage, honey

Tanqueray Bloomberg gin, tangerine, ginger, lime, tonic

Banana Daiquiri
Plantation 3 Star rum, Hamilton rum, banana, lime

Oro Viejo
Partida Anejo Tequila, Pecan & Oloroso sherry reduction, St. George absinthe, Dale’s pimento bitters

Standard Oil
Rittenhouse Rye Whiskey, Dolin rouge vermouth, Drambuie, coffee bitters

Hard Bargain
Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Averna amaro, walnut orgeat, honey, lemon

Shark Tank
Cutty Sark 108 scotch whisky, huckleberry & coconut shrub, absinthe, lemon

Paso De Drake
Kappa pisco, fino sherry, Velvet Falernum, cucumber, lime

Blood and Valor
La Vida mezcal, blood orange, lime, agave nectar, Grand Marnier float

El Pajarito
Por Siempre Sotol, Grapefruit soda, lime

Giggle Water
Christian Drouin Calvados, quince preserve, bubbles, lemon

Aviation gin, kiwi, cucumber, lemon

Pommard de Normandie, amontillado sherry, bitters

Winter Cobbler
Lustau brandy, Martilleti vermouth, kumquat, bergamot

I.W. Harper bourbon, grapefruit, muscovado, basil

Los’ Lemonade
Lemon, honey, water

Root Beer Float
Rum Raisin ice cream, root beer, Madeira

The Treasury - 115 Sansome Street at Bush - Open Monday to Wednesday, 3 p.m. to midnight; Thursday to Saturday, 3 p.m. to 2 a.m.; closed Sundays

Photo: Tory Putnam