The new bar in the dining room at Comstock Saloon. Photo courtesy Jeff Hollinger.
A closer look at the new bar. Photo courtesy Jeff Hollinger.
Executive chef Ronnie New (Magnolia Pub and Brewery) updated the menu, which now has a raw bar (think Drake’s Bay oysters and peel-and-eat Louisiana Gulf shrimp), a Comstock burger served on a Marla Bakery bun, and more. One thing that is staying put is the Saloon’s Free Lunch Friday (purchase two alcoholic beverages and you receive a free lunch—the offering changes weekly). And don’t forget, the kitchen is open Mon-Sat 4pm-12am and Sun 4pm-10pm, now serving a full menu (the bar is open daily 4pm-2am).
The dining room features a gorg old-growth redwood and mahogany bar restored by partner Jonny Raglin, and look for the antique tap handle that dates back to 1880. There are also high-top marble tables, so the “dining room” feeling has been tweaked to feel less formal. Some fun trivia: The bar is a historic homage to Abe Warner, who was the proprietor of the Cobweb Palace from around 1860 until 1893. Since he believed spiders should never be harmed or disturbed, you can see how his saloon earned its name. Old Abe also kept live monkeys and other animals as an attraction for visitors, so keep your eyes peeled for some monkeying around in the design details. You’ll also note an entrance into the dining room has been added.