Opening just next door to Salt House will be ~HARLOT~, an upscale lounge from local talents/party posse Martel, Nabiel, Jacek Ostoya, and Robert Nuñez. The name was, ahem, inspired by local Barbary Coast history, when street names in SoMa actually referenced famous prostitutes (supposedly that Minna put on quite a show, and that Jessie, oooooh girl).
The lounge will be quite spacious, with room for 250, and will have a ground floor and a mezzanine level. The space will reveal some elements of its early-1900s bone structure, like riveted steel columns, 16-foot ceilings, original wood beams, and brick walls that have been sandblasted. The décor will be somewhat of a cross between the look of NYC's Gotham Bar & Grill meets Viennese baroque, with elements like a custom-made chandelier of porcelain white deer antlers, oversized mirrors, pony hair along the front of the two bars (the upstairs bar is 15 feet long and the downstairs bar is 22 feet), cocktail tables with images "engraved" on them through a special process, a shimmery floor, and antique chairs and loveseats with wood detailing. The space will mostly have a darker and monochromatic tonality in order for the manor-style art on the walls and the crowd to really "pop."
There will be generous seating offered, with groupings of furnishings that can facilitate conversation—and there will be cocktail waitresses, and bottle service. (You will also be able to order from a light bar menu courtesy of Salt House.) The after-work crowd will dig the fee Wi-Fi, and later in the evening expect things to ramp up. Frisky, perhaps. Harlot will be open Mon-Sat 5:30pm-2am (earlier closing times Mon-Wed). Expect a mid-February opening.
46 Minna St.
Cross: Shaw Alley
between 1st and 2nd Streets and Mission and Howard Streets
San Francisco, CA 94105
December 5, 2006
December 5, 2006