All-righty then, you bar-savvy folks: those of you familiar with Milk & Honey, the private and reservations-only bar in NYC (and London) are going to be downright thrilled with the soon-to-open ~BOURBON & BRANCH~ in the TL. Dahi Donnelly and Brian Sheehy from Swig and Anu have brought on Todd Smith, the former and longtime bar manager of Cortez, and are opening a reservations-only bar in the old 501 Club space (or should I say dive?) on the corner of O’Farrell and Jones. The vibe will be 1920s-inspired, offering a relaxed environment for those who want to avoid the crowds and mayhem that crowd most city bars, especially Thu-Sat. It’s not about being all VIP and paying a membership fee, like Otis. You just have to reserve your spot in advance, done.
It’s under construction right now, but expect whitewashed brick walls, wallpaper, dark woods for the floor, trim, and bar, and candlelit booths. There will be three rooms, including a mezzanine, and a private area with a separate entrance. It should seat about 65 folks total, or thereabouts. They’re looking at opening late June/early July. I’ll keep you posted when it’s getting close.
About the name: branch is an old Southern term for river water, which is what you’d sprinkle in your bourbon. Nowadays a number of folks drink their bourbon on the rocks, which is basically “branch” by the time it melts. (I tend to finish my drink before that happens.)
Bourbon & Branch
Corner of O’Farrell and Jones
San Francisco, CA
June 6, 2006
Did you know the former hair salon and boutique, Space Projekt, on Polk Street is now ~SPACE GALLERY~? Been hearing about some fun parties and art shows—check out their calendar here. Since they’re serving beer and wine, you have to be 21-and-over to attend. This Friday is the reception and fashion show for their t-shirt show that went up on Monday, from 7pm-midnight.
1141 Polk St.
Cross: Post St.
San Francisco, CA 94109
Okay, springtime is in effect, summer is close, and just in time, there’s a new bottled Hefeweizen on the market. ~GORDON BIERSCH~ has just released their crisp and unfiltered Hefeweizen in bottles, so you don’t have to go the restaurant to get a pint of it—you can get a six-pack at Whole Foods, Safeway, Albertsons, Andronico's, Whole Foods, and BevMo. I am drinking one right now, so please excuse any typos that may follow.