This week, respected cocktail veteran Anthony Schmidt, in partnership with CH Projects (Ironside Fish & Oyster, Polite Provisions, Neighborhood, Craft & Commerce), fully opened doors to downtown's newest dual-concept venue with the launch of FAIRWEATHER, a gorgeous rooftop patio bar overlooking the Padres’ Petco Park stadium. Located in the historic Simon Levi Building, Fairweather is perched above CH’s neighborhood delicatessen and schnapps bar, RARE FORM, which opened doors just a few weeks earlier.
Front man, general manager & co-owner Anthony Schmidt, spent the last two years experimenting with Rare Form’s beverage program to create one of the only, if not the only, schnaps bars in the U.S. Unlike the commonly known, sugar-sweetened American version, Schmidt’s program is designed to highlight true schnaps (a.k.a. eau de vie), a pure, crystal clear brandy made from fruit.
Capturing the essence of produce preserved at peak ripeness, the distillation method is a process still used by families throughout Europe today and sees mashed fruit, which has fermented for several days, distilled into a strong, clear liquor. Water is then added to make the drink palatable and bring alcohol content down to around 40 or 50 percent. With its clean, pure flavor, and no excess sugar, the end result is bottled immediately and served as a digestif. Alongside nine featured schnaps cocktails, Rare Form offers 12 draft beers, a selection of wines and three different boilermakers – an old-school classic which pairs a shot of schnaps alongside a draft beer chaser.
Fairweather and Rare Form are located at 793 J St. in San Diego's East Village. Fairweather is open 7 days a week, Monday through Thursday 5-11pm, Friday 4-11pm and Saturday and Sunday from 11:30am to 11pm. Happy hour is 5-7pm Monday through Friday with $5 Daiquiris, Piña Coladas, and Margaritas. Rare Form is open everyday from 11:30am to 2am, with happy hour Monday through Friday from 4-7pm.