July 4, 2006

July 4, 2006

Psssst. Opening this August in a former speakeasy will be ~SLIDE~. During the Prohibition era, the space (in a basement under Ruby Skye, formerly the Cable Car Theater) was called Dan's Cafe: you would push a secret wall and then scoot down a slide to land into the basement for some bootleg booze and gambling. Is that the coolest or what? So flash forward to August: once you pass through the restored copper door entrance, you will have the option of riding a copper-plated slide down into a plush speakeasy/retro-inspired lounge. There will be a large lit marble bar, and a DJ playing out of a gutted baby grand piano. The spacious room will feature 12 booths, plus touches of baby blue and brown and copper and mahogany. The space is being designed by Pamela Pennington Studios and Terra Nova Industries, who built Ruby Skye, Farallon, and Boulevard. The venture is from George Karpaty, the President of Inner Circle Entertainment (the folks behind Ruby Skye).

Slide will be open after-hours, serving special juice cocktails after 2am, instead of the usual water and Red Bull. They will also have a VIP concierge to handle special requests (like picking up a Double Whopper with cheese from Burger King at 3am?).

430 Mason St.
Cross: Geary St.
San Francisco, CA 94102

A pal told me about ~DADA~, a new gallery/bar/lounge that opened up on Second Street a little over a week ago. I can't seem to track down a number for them, so my info is a little thin at the moment. However, I was informed they have a full bar and a happy hour that runs from 4pm-8pm, which should suit anyone working late in the SoMa area just fine.

86 2nd St.
Cross: Mission St.
San Francisco, CA 94105

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