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Bar News & Reviews (put it on my tab)
May 4, 2022

Bites and drinks at the new Lobby Bar. Photo: Kelly Puleio via @lobbybarsf.

Here’s a quick update on a couple new bars that have opened up around town, starting with ~LOBBY BAR~ in the Hotel Castro, with a “retroglam” style, serving a full list of $15 cocktails and bar snacks, plus a couple flatbreads and a turkey burger (surprised it comes on a bun with fries—ooh, carbs!). Open Mon-Thu 4pm-12am, Fri 4pm-2am, Sat 2pm-2am, and Sun 2pm-12am. 4230 18th St. at Castro. [Via Hoodline]

Another retro-styled bar is ~FOR THE RECORD~ bar from Barry John Walsh (previously Future Bars), serving craft cocktails and bar bites from consulting chef Frank Hua (Unco Frank’s), in the former Mina Test Kitchen and U Dessert Story space in Cow Hollow/Marina. Open Tue-Thu 5pm-12am, Fri-Sat 5pm-2am, Sun 3pm-12am. 2120 Greenwich St. at Fillmore. [Via Eater]

April 12, 2022

The current bar and interior of Noir Lounge, soon to be converted to Gambit Lounge. Photo courtesy of Noir Lounge.

After nine years of business, ~NOIR LOUNGE~ in Hayes Valley is closing this Saturday April 16th. Taking over the space is Cezar Kusik (Rubicon, Butterfly, 25 Lusk) and Edward Calhoun (Southpaw, Dogpatch Saloon, Peacekeeper, 25 Lusk), who will be opening ~GAMBIT LOUNGE~ in a couple months or so. The duo have been looking for a location for three years, and this will be Cezar’s first independent project, after always working for great people, like Larry Stone.

Cezar is going to be focused on building a quality wine program, while Ed will be offering great classic cocktails and select spirits. They plan to offer a sophisticated adult atmosphere, with some speakeasy vibes. There’s the main bar, a communal table area, and they’re going to convert the back area into a Champagne lounge, where they will project films. The décor will have artistic touches and some jazz themes at the communal table. They want to offer Hayes Valley a place for a sophisticated wine and bar experience—the wine list will fulfill their savvy SF clientele’s needs, with wines that offer quality and value, with some well-rounded international selections, with a premium wine list, too (there will be 60-80 bottles in all).

Some small plates will be offered on a medium-sized menu, with eclectic dishes inspired by diverse Eastern and Central European kitchens (Cezar is Polish and quite the cook). They’re currently testing and dialing in their kitchen team and menu. Stand by for more updates on this summertime project. 581 Hayes St. at Laguna.