The Buena Vista Cafe

2765 Hyde St, San Francisco , CA
+1 415.474.5044
The Buena Vista Cafe Website
Bars, Pub
Mon-Fri (9am-2am)
Sat-Sun (8am-2am)
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The historic venture started on the night of November the 10th in 1952. Jack Koeppler, then-owner of the Buena Vista, challenged international travel writer Stanton Delaplane to help re-create a highly touted "Irish Coffee" served at Shannon Airport in Ireland. Intrigued, Stan Accepted Jack's invitation, and the pair began to experiment immediately.

Throughout the night the two of them stirred and sipped judiciously and eventually acknowledged two recurring problems. The taste was "not quite right," and the cream would not float. Stan's hopes sank like the cream, but Jack was undaunted. The restaurateur pursued the elusive elixir with religious fervor, even making a pilgrimage overseas to Shannon Airport.

Upon Jack’s return, the experimentation continued. Finally, the perfect-tasting Irish whiskey was selected. Then the problem of the bottom-bent cream was taken to San Francisco's mayor, a prominent dairy owner. It was discovered that when the cream was aged for 48 hours and frothed to a precise consistency, it would float as delicately as a swan on the surface of Jack's and Stan's special nectar.

Success was theirs! With the recipe now mastered, a sparkling clear, six-ounce, heat-treated goblet was chosen as a suitable chalice.

Soon the fame of the Buena Vista's Irish Coffee spread throughout the land. Today, it’s still the same delicious mixture, and it's still the same clamorous, cosmopolitan Buena Vista. Bothdelightful experiences.



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  • Happy Saint Patty's! Celebrate your inner Irish with us. Serving corn beef and cabbage and our Irish coffees all day!
  • A toast to Shirley Temple Black. Thank you for all the wonderful memories.
  • Celebrating National Irish Coffee Day! We just honored 3 winners with Irish coffee gift sets. More Raffles and prizes throughout today