February 28, 2006

February 28, 2006

A fave little Tenderloin haunt, the ~222 CLUB~, just landed their liquor license (they scored it from the now-closed Sno-Drift Lounge). Which rocks, because “the grotto” (as me and my pals like to call the triple-deuce) was already a choice little spot, even though they only had wine and beer, and my favorite, bubbly. Not only is the staff mighty kind, they also crank out some fab little eats behind the bar, like a scrumptious pear and blue cheese thin-crust pizza. Bar pizza, genius. They’re actually expanding their menu to include some salads, salumi plates, and now five kinds of pizza. Yeah, it’s on a sketchy street, but once you’re inside the grotto you’ll be glad you came.

222 Club
222 Hyde St.
At Turk St.
San Francisco, CA 94102


Out on Clement St., the Last Day Saloon morphed into the ~ROCKIT ROOM~ last year, but the renovations are actually complete this week. The former roadhouse has been brought up-to-date and modernized, and will be featuring more of a sleek/industrial/urban look. The downstairs is supposedly working the loungey tip, while upstairs (where the live acts take place) has booth seating and a clubby music venue vibe. The music format has also changed: goodbye jam band, and hello eclectic format, that includes a DJ night and an open mike night on Tuesdays.

RockIt Room
406 Clement St.
at 5th Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94118


~HAWTHORNE LANE~ has added some in-house oak barrel-aged tequila to their list o’ infused spirits. Guillermo Rodriguez, their kitchen manager of ten years and a Guadalajara native, has been barrel aging some high quality tequila at the restaurant that he brought back from Jalisco over six months ago. He learned from his brother-in-law, who is a government tequila inspector, so you can imagine it’s good. It’ll put you back $11, but that’s how much is costs to avoid nasty hangovers from the cheap stuff. I don’t know if there’s a worm, sorry.

Hawthorne Lane
22 Hawthorne Lane
Off Howard St.
b/w 2nd and 3rd
San Francisco, CA 94105


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