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The Bon Vivants and Trick Dog Take Over Williams & Graham Today

Williams & Graham isn't your typical bar, and its customers have some pretty lofty expectations that W&G lives up to. So when the owners and crew there decide to take a vacation, they can't let just anyone get behind the bar. Enter the Bon Vivants and Trick Dog. 

Translated from the French, bon vivant means "good liver" — and no, not the kind you can find near your spleen. The saying refers to those with refined taste, who enjoy the finer things in life...especially when it comes to food and drinks. And that's just what the Bon Vivants, a cocktail, hospitality, marketing and design firm founded in 2009 by Josh Harris and Scott Baird, build its brand around. In 2013 the firm opened Trick Dog, a bar in San Francisco's Mission District that quickly earned a James Beard Foundation Award nomination in 2015 for Outstanding Bar Program. Trick Dog was also recognized as having the Best American Bar team at the Spirited Awards in 2014 and in 2015, has been named one of the World's 50 Best Bars, and was a finalist for the World's Best Cocktail Menu and Best American Cocktail Bar — an honor that Williams & Graham has won.    

Starting today and continuing through Sunday, May 8, Williams & Graham will be taken over by Trick Dog and the Bon Vivants, while the Williams & Graham team takes its annual staff vacation. The Bon Vivants will be serving up their own drink menu along with a few surprises, including highballs, shots and boilermakers. You can check out the current Trick Dog menu, which is inspired by conspiracy theories from around the globe, and learn more about the bar at For more information on the takeover, visit  

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Ben Landreth