Tender Now Open in (Where Else?) the Tenderloin

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Seating along the wall, with a mural by Andrew Schoultz. Photo courtesy of Tender.

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Glassware and taps, ready for you. Photo courtesy of Tender.

Last week we shared news of the opening of Huxley at 846 Geary, and now it’s time to shine the light on their next-door neighbor at 854 Geary, ~TENDER~. We previously mentioned this wine and beer bar project was from Miriam Lipton, who is opening in a space that has been vacant for more than 40 years.

She has brought on Mickey Clevenger (whom many of you will remember from Bacar’s glory days) as a partner and wine director—he is overseeing the 21 wines on tap, plus there are three beers from Drake’s and some sparkling wines in bottle too (you can see the beverage list here). A big advantage to wine on tap is they can pour all kinds of sizes, from tastes to carafes. You can enjoy a flight of any three (with 3-oz. pours) for $15, and there’s a happy hour flight for $10.

There are also many kinds of cheeses and charcuterie available (from Zoe’s Meats in Santa Rosa and Fabrique Délices in Hayward) for $6 each; all plates are served with sliced baguette from Jane (also a neighbor), cornichons, and whole-grain mustard. There’s Brillat Savarin, Crottin d’Antan Poitou (a goat cheese), and truffle mousse and saucisson sec. You can choose three items for $15, five for $25, and seven for $35; at happy hour you get a choice of three for $10. There are also some side items like Marcona almonds, fruit, and XOX truffles from North Beach too.

You’ll find some seats at the bar, while the majority of the seating is at high-top tables with metal stools along the wall. Some cool features include a mural by artist Andrew Schoultz (known for his trees), and the roll-down door features a great piece by Ben Eine—oh, and check out the brass taps.

Hours are Sun 4pm-11pm, Mon-Wed 5pm-12am, Thu-Sat 5pm-1am. 854 Geary St. at Larkin, 415-589-7879.