Webster's Wine Bar which was located next to Mindy's Hot Chocolate. I remember that while I liked the space, it was narrow with brick walls on both sides with a few abstract paintings, a long bar on one side, and unfinished ceilings, and the beer list was very good, I was really unimpressed with the food and didn't see a point to making a return. Last year, Webster's downsized and closed several of their venues including Bluebird. The space was bought and reopened as Presidio, a California-focused gastrolounge featuring fresh seasonal cuisine and classic cocktails. The description intrigued me and since it was no longer Bluebird, I decided to check it out. The geometry of the space was not going to change, so it is still narrow and deep. Many of the design elements remain the same as well, it still has a lot of raw brick walls and an unfinished ceiling, but shelves for the liquor were improved. They are wood and display the bottles well. At the time that I came, it was relatively early and the front window was open, letting in a lot of natural light. I sat at the bar, and enjoyed a nice conversation with the bartender. I started things off with a gin-based cocktail as is my wont. It was called a Flash in the Pan, and with the gin, it also contained Grapefruit, Lime, Tart Cherry, Black Pepper, and Mint. This was really surprising. It was very tart from the lime and tart cherry juice and the grapefruit brought the bitter which brought out the flavor of the gin. What was surprising was the spice of the pepper and how well it paired with the cherry and the lime. The mint was presented as a garnish and it was a good finish to the drink.
I really enjoyed my dinner here. I liked the space in it's previous incarnation, but the food here was very good and the staff were very friendly and willing to answer questions. It will definitely be on my list of places to go when I am in the area.