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The History

Inspired by the taverns of the ancient Roman neighborhood it was named for, Aventine is also built from San Francisco history - literally. Part of our building’s foundation is the original 19th-century seawall, which marks the very edge of the city of San Francisco during the infamous days of the Barbary Coast. Our city block joins with Montgomery Street, which was the first street built along the edge of the Bay. Beyond our seawall, which is visible in our downstairs Parlor Bar, lay thousands of ships which now make up the buried foundations of the landfill used to expand our city over the years.

The Barbary Coast

The Barbary Coast was born during the Gold Rush of 1849, when the city of San Francisco experienced a massive population growth. This nine block historical neighborhood, where weare smack in the middle of, had a racy and raucous history. (Our Parlor Bar was once a brothel!) The Barbary Coast was the birthplace of many exotic and cultural developments which are now part of the backbone of our city's amazing history.

About Taverna Aventine

We offer twists on classic San Francisco cocktails like the Pisco Brut Punch, as well as a fabulous selection of fine whiskeys and an award-winning Happy Hour menu! Our bright main bar upstairs is framed by old brick walls, large windows and artifacts dating back to Jackson Square’s more infamous times. Downstairs in our Parlor Bar we feature leather armchairs, and a luxurious dark wood bar, which artfully showcases the saltwater-stained historical wall and open rafters. It offers an air of masculinity and exclusivity, and while it is normally reserved for private parties, we invite all visitors to wander down and relax with their drink when not in private use. 

Created out of pride in its history, Taverna Aventine is a place to eat, drink and socialize for the generation writing the city’s history today - and having a hell of a time doing it!