October 24, 2006

October 24, 2006

The boys from Vintage 415 continue to take over and hippify the city, one place at a time: this time it's the King Henry VII, a bar sitting just across from Rye on Geary St. It will morph into ~THE AMBASSADOR~ by December. Expect a 1950's Rat Pack vibe, with button-tufted leather couches, and a touch of Vegas with some chandeliers, plus some old school Hollywood thrown in for good measure. It's a two-level space, but will only be open on the ground level for now, with room for 100-125. Since there's a kitchen, some specialized desserts will be served up with cocktails as well. Swanky, baby.

The Ambassador
693 Geary St.
Cross: Leavenworth St.
San Francisco, CA 94102

Just this weekend, ~ICON ULTRA LOUNGE~ opened in the former Luna Lounge space in SOMA. Three born-in-SF residents are behind the project; the upscale lounge atmosphere was designed by Charles Doell AKA Mr. Important (he was formerly of FUN! Display—think Backflip, Red Room, etc.) and includes a bar made of glass, a new dance floor with large drum-style lights overhead lit with LED, ultra suede walls, a round VIP room with mirrored walls (it's pretty slick), and another back room with a separate bar and a groovy oversized banquette along the wall for lounging. Dinner (tapas) will start in a couple weeks, with Executive Chef Brian Bauman (formerly of Left at Albuquerque) at the helm. Icon is open for happy hour Tue-Wed at 6pm, and will have dancing and DJs Thu-Sat (Thu: '70s, '80s, pop and soul, Fri: mashups, Sat: various promoters).

Icon Ultra Lounge
1192 Folsom St.
Cross: 8th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103