A new bar project is coming to the Outer Sunset, ~WHITE CAP~, due to open Friday November 10th. Partners Matt Lopez and Carlos Yturria (both surfers) teamed up to create an elevated spot to grab a drink, but it will be less of a sandy surfer hangout and more of a “grown-up” neighborhood bar with well-made cocktails—even though it will be just two blocks from the beach. There will be a regular menu plus eight specialty drinks and changing themes each quarter. Also look for sherries chosen by Yturria and a slushie machine. Shane Curnyn (who did Bar Agricole) is behind the design, which features an L-shaped bar and banquettes. Open daily 2pm-2am. 3608 Taraval St. at 46th St.
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Ocean Beach has never been a hotbed of quality cocktails, but that could be changing. In the sleepy Parkside ’hood, just a couple blocks from the mighty Pacific, White Cap warms up surfers and locals with repurposed driftwood walls, teal booths, a fireplace and surfing on the TV. Owner Matt Lopez wisely brought on surfing pal and S.F. drink pioneer Carlos Yturria to run the bar.
THE DRINK TO DRINK: Yturria’s cocktails run spirituous and light, like the softly creamy Monkey Wrench mixing coconut milk with lime, Havana Club Añejo Clasico rum with house-made seaweed syrup and a dried nori (seaweed) garnish. Tio Pepe manzanilla sherry and a delicate use of orange juice elevates a classic Screwdriver cocktail.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: An industry trailblazer, Yturria (over the past couple decades, at places like Bacar, Range and Absinthe) is a longtime sherry expert who has traveled extensively in Jerez, Spain, and can school you on all things sherry from his White Cap sherry selection.
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14. White Cap
3608 Taraval St
San Francisco, CA 94116
With its small fireplace and quaint, wood-paneled quarters, White Cap is a hip and refreshing neighborhood cocktail bar in the Outer Sunset/Parkside. The new spot comes from longtime area surfer Matt Lopez and boasts rotating cocktail menus from his surfing pal and Treasury cocktail guy Carlos Yturria. Certainly order Yturria’s latest concoctions, but don’t miss the refined classics section, and be sure to peruse Yturria’s very serious sherry options.
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Chase some tasty waves with some tasty cocktails at White Cap, one of the newest, chic, utterly unique bars in the Outer Sunset. White Cap seeks to bring an elevated experience to your typical neighborhood bar, all while maintaining all the fun that comes with a corner slushie machine.
The bar, located just two blocks from Ocean Beach, sits quaintly at the corner of 46th and Taraval where it delights and enchants all those who pass by with an inviting entryway. It’s the brainchild of surfer and local Matt Lopez, who envisioned a sophisticated yet relaxed neighborhood bar with outstanding cocktails.
The cocktail list will feature a regular menu plus eight specialty drinks, with quarterly changing themes printed in a collectible fanzine-style book. Keep an eye out for drinks with unique names, like the Monkey Wrench, Cat’s Paw and Brush Hammer.
Head bartender Carlos Yturria co-owns the FiDi’s Treasury, so expect a smaller translation of his unique Sherry program from the aformetned bar staple.
Architect Shane Curnyn of Bar Agricole fame has transformed the interior bar space into an intimate hangout that reflects the Outer Sunset’s reputation as a foggy outpost. The low lighting is meant to mirror the foggy ocean, complete with a blue and white color scheme. A modern jukebox is there to complete the chilled out, grown up vibes. Tubular, gang.
// 3608 Taraval St., Outer Sunset, open daily 2:00pm to 2:00AM
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Bringing a legit cocktail bar to S.F.’s sleepy Parkside neighborhood along the Pacific Ocean, White Cap invites with a sleek fireplace and reclaimed driftwood walls contrasted by teal banquettes. Surfer and local Matt Lopeza opened the bar at the end of 2017 with surfing pal and drink vet Carlos Yturria, who utilizes his sherry expertise in a sherry section of the menu. Yturria’s cocktails run both spirituous and light, like the softly creamy Monkey Wrench mixing coconut milk with lime, Havana Club Añejo Clasico rum and a touch of the sea with house-made seaweed syrup and a dried nori (seaweed) garnish.
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Parkside finally has a real cocktail bar with White Cap, complete with a sleek fireplace, teal booths, repurposed driftwood and surfing competitions on the TV. The sherry expert and beach bum Carlos Yturria crafts the cocktail menu, with drinks like the inspired screwdriver with manzanilla sherry.
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Much like Lower Pac Heights needed a cool new bar, so did the Outer Sunset. And apparently the surfers agreed because now, just a block and a half from Ocean Beach, there’s White Cap, a cozy bar that feels much more grown up than you’d expect from a couple of guys who make it a point to paddle out as often as they can.
Grab a seat at the bar, which feels as light and bright as a bar in the foggy Outer Sunset can, or—if you’re craving cozy—head to the seating area in the back where you’ll find walls covered with dark, reclaimed wood, turquoise leather banquettes, and the best thing of all: a modern fireplace.
As far as drinks go, there are eight specialty cocktails ($12) that will rotate seasonally, a small sherry program, as well as a decent selection of beer and wines by the glass.
The service is friendly, the vibe is laid back, and if you live anywhere around White Cap, you’ll probably find yourself there often. But even if you don’t, it’s worth a trip out to the beach. Maybe dip your toes in the water while you’re there and remind yourself of why you live in SF in the first place.
Inside White Cap, Warming Up the Outer Sunset Inside White Cap, Warming Up the Outer Sunset With Cocktails & Sherry
A surfer-owned bar with drinks from the Treasury’s bartender
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Carlos Yturria, who runs the cocktail program at The Treasury, typically caters to the FiDi’s suit-and-tie-clad clientele. But at White Cap, a new Outer Sunset bar just steps from the ocean, he’s fixing drinks for the wet suit crowd instead.
The bar, which opened way out in the Avenues at 46th and Taraval this past weekend, comes from well-known area surfer Matt Lopez, who met Yturria out on the waves. Lopez brought in Yturria to design White Cap’s rotating cocktail menus, the first of which is below. All the drinks this time around are named for tools, like a more refined version of the typical screwdriver that’s made with Volstead Vodka, Tio Pepe “Fino” Sherry, orange juice, and pineapple.
Yturria’s cocktails, paired with a warm atmosphere of driftwood panels and a small fireplace, should help neighbors, surfers, and Outer Sunset visitors fend off the area’s notorious chill. Have a look inside.
Shane Curnyn of Juniper Architecture designed the small, 14-by-30 foot bar space. The decor isn’t in-your-face surfing, a conscious decision according to Yturria that’s based on the area’s ethos. “In San Diego, or Santa Cruz, people who are surfers, they scream it,” he told Eater SF. “But the Outer Sunset crew — they’ll surf twice a day, and if you ask them if they surf, they’ll be like, I don’t know, I guess.”
White Cap joins a small handful other businesses on the quiet Taraval corridor, like popular bar The Riptide, a new roastery from area coffee company Andytown, and a forthcoming bakery space from the Outerlands team. Speaking of Outerlands, White Cap appears to borrow some design elements from that area-defining restaurant, and with its cocktail bona fides, the new bar could even prove to be a kind of Outerlands-but-for-drinks. But that’s an outcome that might not matter so much to Lopez and Yturria, who seem happy enough to have a nice place to drink near the beach after a day out surfing. Daily hours are 2 p.m. to 2 a.m.
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A new cocktail bar has opened in Parkside. Called White Cap, the newcomer is located at 3608 Taraval St. (between 46th & 47th Aves.).
Just two blocks from the beach, the new spot is the creation of neighborhood resident Matt Lopez and Carlos Yturria, who bartends at The Treasury.
The tool-themed menu of signature cocktails specializes in plays on traditional standbys, like a slushy “Monkey Wrench” with anejo rum, coconut, seaweed, and lime; and a “Screwdriver” with Volstead vodka, Tio Pepe fino sherry, and orange juice.
The small bar (it clocks in at only 500 square feet) has a hip but weathered look, with lots of concrete, reclaimed wood, and retro finishes. For now, the menu is cocktails only, with no food.
With a five-star rating out of two reviews on Yelp so far, the new cocktail bar is on its way to developing a local fan base.
William H., among the first Yelpers to review the new spot on November 11th, said: “Excellent neighborhood hangout, reminiscent of a chic industrial seaside cabin. A new take on classic drinks, such as the Hot Gun (mezcal margarita) and Screwdriver (Tito’s, sherry, and orange).”
Yelper Emily M. added: “The Outer Sunset is blowing up! So happy that this bar opened in the ‘hood. Some highlights: cool interior, original barnwood from one of the contractors’ old barn, delicious drinks, creative menu.”
Tomorrow night, White Cap is holding a Thanksgiving food drive; drop off donations of canned food to enter a raffle for a White Cap gift certificate. All donations will be dropped off at St. Anthony’s Kitchen.
Intrigued? Stop in to try it for yourself. White Cap is open daily from 2pm–2am.