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To The Beat Of A Different Bartender – John Pringle of Globe San Francisco

Submitted by Tim Brice on March 16, 2011 – 10:00 amNo Comment

This is a repost of our profile of one of our favorite people who happens to be a bartender; John Pringle at Globe, San Francisco.

Finding a great little bar is an exciting experience. There are so many dives (and dives definitely have their place!) and so many ultra cool “vibe” places out there that make finding a great little bar a joyous experience you often don’t want to share, lest it become too popular and suddenly uncool. Almost always, it is a unique bartender that is the rhythm at the center of the heartbeat of that great bar. At Globe in San Francisco, the man keeping that beat is John Pringle, six year bartender and drummer in the old school funk band Lahar.

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Globe is a small restaurant and bar hidden amongst the giant buildings of San Francisco’s financial district. Housed in a hundred year old one time brick livery stable, Globe is a San Francisco bar hopper favorite. It is one of only a few restaurants in the city that has a great bar that also serves off its’ entire menu until 1am.

Even though it is known for it’s locally sourced ingredients, it’s friendly waitstaff, it’s romantic soft lighting and those bar hopper friendly late night hours, the real find at Globe is the bar. Located just to the left of the front door, and also accommodating the hostess, the small bar at Globe co-exists with the dining room. The tight space requires that all, staff and patrons included, mind their manners and play nice.

Unlike most bars at restaurants, this is a bar for the locals. Regulars like Dr. Mike, the psychologist drinking one of Pringle’s St. Germain Collins, to Cliff, a 50 something banker and his McAllen 12-year on the rocks, and Trevor and his girl friend (un-named) having their Stella with bourbon chaser and Cosmopolitan, respectively. It’s a chill crowd; welcoming and ready for a conversation.

Pringle came to work at Globe about two and half years ago and liked it because it had a great local vibe. “One of the best parts of tending bar is hanging out with cool people,” he says. “And we have cool people here,” he adds nodding at Dr. Mike. Pringle Drums To The Beat Of A Different Bartender – John Pringle of Globe San Francisco

John Pringle is one of the coolest bartenders I’ve met. Unflappable and in complete control, calm and with a hand in each conversation around the bar. He picks up and leaves off with each guest as if he’s been talking to them all along. His hearing, even in a loud place like Globe, is amazing.

Dr. Mike agrees. “John is rock steady and handles difficult people very well. He’s great with people who’ve had too many. John’s best assets are his tact and his patience.”

“And the ladies love him because he’s so calm,” adds Cliff. Everyone nods.

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Pringle lists difficult me on dates among his top three pet peeves. “You know, those guys that turn into ass-holes to impress their dates. They usually end up liking me more,” he says. Everyone nods.

He has room for the ladies on his pet peeve list, as well. “Yeah, the ladies that frustrate me are of two kinds,” he says smirking. “The first are the ones that give me the “just make me something yummy” order. The second are the “ummers.” You know, when asked for their order, they just go “um, um, um, I don’t know.”"

For the ladies, Pringle offers the following advice, “know what you want and order with confidence like you’ve had it before. Men like women who know what they want,” he says, continuing, “confidence is hot and demur can be annoying. Don’t do it.”

In terms of mixology, Pringle makes a good drink. A Pringle original, the Pony Up, is a classic style cocktail made with Plymouth gin, Compari, lime juice, agave nectar and muddled basil. This is a very sophisticated cocktail, where the Compari and lime juice are balanced with the agave nectar, while the basil adds additional character to the Plymouth gin Pringle employs.

The restaurants liquid namesake, the Globe Cocktail is a sweet herbal cocktail that gets its’ base flavor and aroma from St. Germain and muddled fresh mint. This is the gin drinkers mojito, but a bit more sophisticated, I think. The St. Germaine is a nice touch and the elderflower aroma is definitely detected alongside the mint.

Late night eats, good food, great drinks and a cool guy behind the bar. You couldn’t really ask for more from the local bar around the corner. Just know what you want to order and don’t be an ass-hole. Everyone nods.


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