October 10, 2006

October 10, 2006

Opening next spring in the Hotel Fusion will be ~INFUSION~, a sub-level lounge that is slated to be a classy and upscale downtown destination for young urbanites and hipsters who are sure to flirt in the unisex bathrooms. A Hong Kong designer is introducing some unique elements with Asian flair, like columns covered in smoked glass that will glow from underneath a layer of lattice, a hologram behind the bar, and an elevated area with beds that will be enclosed with glass panels in the main lounge area—it can be reserved for bottle service (there will also be a couple other beds in the general seating area for you non-bottle service types, like me). There will be a 25-foot-long water feature with a small strip of fire in the middle, and a waterfall from the DJ booth that pours into the trough. I know, how inexpensive! They hope to open in the beginning of March, playing trip hop and a "Redwood Room" style of music for the lounge area, and the dance floor in the back will be playing more up-tempo music. VIP memberships will be available for those who want access to the private lounge.

in the Hotel Fusion
140 Ellis St.
Cross: Cyril Magnin St.
San Francisco, CA 94102

415-568-2525 (hotel)

Now, most of my friends know I'm not a sports bar kind of girl at all. But when I heard about the "deconstructed" corn dogs at ~WOODY ZIPS~ in North Beach, I decided I just might have to break my usual "no sports bars" rule and head on over. They offer three kinds of meat on a stick, like spicy habanero chicken, lamb, or beef, which is then dipped in corn batter and fried up, three for $8. The guys running the show, Keith Wilson and Luke Gallagher, named the joint after their dads' nicknames (cute—I thought it was some quarterback I knew nothing about, surprise). This is their first venture—they were previously in software sales. The space, formerly Shannon's, was massively gutted and is reportedly a touch upscale, with flat-screen TVs, actual art on the walls, good cocktails, a nice selection of beer on tap, and bar food with a twist, like tequila and lime chicken sandwiches, sweet potato fries, and a black and bleu salad (seared hangar steak and bleu cheese), courtesy of chef Jack Correia.

Woody Zips
1609 Powell St.
Cross: Green St.
San Francisco, CA 94133


Mon-Fri 4pm-2am
Sat-Sun 10am-2am