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October 30, 2018

The Elbo Room. Yelp photo by Omar K.

A few quick news bits for you: first up, Dogpatch restaurant ~PICCINO~ is in the works to have a full liquor license! You can just imagine how fab their cocktails are going to be. I couldn’t get any more info from them, so stand by for more details on their plans soon.

And now some bad news. It’s official: after some delays and saves and stays of execution, the Mission’s beloved ~ELBO ROOM~ is truly closing on January 1st, 2019. There’s a countdown timer on their site, ugh. Their lease was not renewed or extended, and the entire building is on the market for $4.2 million. Sadly, the condo developers win this round. At least the Elbo Room’s second location in Oakland’s Jack London Square will be keeping their groovy spirit alive. 647 Valencia St. at Sycamore, 415-552-7788.

More sad news, this time over in Bernal Heights: a tablehopper reader let me know that neighborhood hangout ~IRON & GOLD~ is closing in December after lease negotiations went south. According to this post in Mission Local, owner Mathias Kornfeld may try to find another location. 3187 Mission St. at Powers.

October 16, 2018

The tropical-inspired main bar area at Bon Voyage! Photo: Sonya Yu.


It’s time to lounge with a Singapore Sling. Photo: Sonya Yu.


The upstairs mezzanine has its own bar. Photo: Sonya Yu.


And once again, life returns to the original Slanted Door location on Valencia, this time as ~BON VOYAGE!~, a second bar from Josh Harris and Morgan Schick of BVHospitality. Let’s let Josh tell you more about it: “”When brainstorming ideas, we kept coming up with the narrative of a guy who lives in a hotel and travels throughout Southeast Asia and Africa in the 1950s, moving his way across the world, collecting art and mementos from his journey. He then ends up in 1970s Palm Springs, where he buys a house to fill with his worldly treasures and throws killer disco cocktail parties and serves Chinese food.” I definitely want to party with this guy.

Cocktails include a Singapore Sling, Bananarac!, and a playful collection of Collinses (from Joan to Bootsy to Phil)—the bar manager is Elliot Clark (a veteran bartender at Trick Dog). There are also natural wines and tropical-leaning beers.

There’s a dim sum menu (served late! Like 2am late!) from executive chef Wilder Marroquin (previously of Betelnut, China Live, Ozumo). Dishes include housemade shui jiao with spicy Szechuan sauce, xiao long bao, salt and pepper prawns, and chow fun noodles.

The globetrotting interior has an eclectic mix of vintage pieces, wallpaper, fun textures, and a disco ball, with architectural design elements contributed by Wylie Price Design (Ramen Shop, The Progress), and the bar was constructed by Roman Hunt restoration. There’s an upstairs mezzanine with its own bar, and room for 50 guests (as one event or divided into smaller groups). You won’t miss the elephants at the entrance.

Open Mon-Fri 2pm-2am (kitchen opens at 5pm) and Sat-Sun 12pm-2am (kitchen opens at 12pm). 584 Valencia St. at 17th St.

October 2, 2018

Bubbly with a view at the Wine & Spirits Top 100 Tasting in 2012. Photo from Wine & Spirits’ website.

Are you ready for the 15th annual Wine & Spirits Magazine’s Top 100 Tasting Event? It’s always a fabulous tasting and event, and the weather usually cooperates so guests can enjoy the outdoor terrace at the Metreon.

On Tuesday October 9th, you’ll get to taste and celebrate the Top 100 Wineries of the Year. You’ll not only get to enjoy some of the world’s most sought-after wines from around the world, but there are some delicious bites from notable restaurants as well (this year includes Montesacro, The Morris, Lord Stanley, and more), and an oyster bar, cheeses, and other tasty things. It’s quite the party.

6:30pm-8:30pm. Tickets are $125; VIP: $185 (early entry at 5:30pm). Ticket purchasers receive a one-year subscription to Wine & Spirits Magazine valued at $29.95. For the 15th year, the event benefits San Francisco Baykeeper, a nonprofit organization with a mission to protect, preserve, and restore the ecological integrity and productivity of the San Francisco Bay. Metreon, 135 4th St. at Mission.