image from Nickie’s website
The former Nickie’s BBQ on Haight has gone through major changes: new ownership (Shay Lyons and Noel Morgan, their first project together), new sleek yet cozy look (yay, the nasty bathrooms are gone), and a new simplified name: ~NICKIE’S~. It just reopened last Monday, June 4, after being closed since September.
The concept is an easygoing resto-lounge, with an intimate neighborhood vibe. There is a smattering of padded Naugahyde banquettes with tables, and nice materials, like the bar made of mahogany. DJs will be playing nightly, with a mixed format of funk, soul, house, hip hop, and other beats—the music program will take more shape in the coming weeks. You can carve out a small space to boogie if the need to shake your tail feathers takes over.
Eats are affordable—most range from $7–$12, and include a fried fish basket with hand-cut fries, a trio of sliders (each one can be different, like cheddar-avocado, Swiss and mushroom, and/or blue cheese and bacon), and mac and cheese with ham and peas. The chef is Eric Adams, who has cooked at Moose’s, Fifth Floor, and Calzone’s—this is his first time running his own kitchen. It’s beer and wine only, so there are some reasonable wines and bubbles that range from $6–$12. The chilled glasses and a special glycol system for the draft beers means nice, cold beers, about 15 in all. There are also some premium soju cocktails.
466 Haight St.
Cross: Fillmore St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
(until 10pm for food)
June 12, 2007
image from O'Neill's website
Eoin O’Neill is one busy bloke—he’s gearing up to open his third ~O'NEILL'S IRISH PUB~, this time a 3,000-square-foot space in the Fairmont Heritage Place development at Ghirardelli Square. He’s keen on creating an authentic Irish pub with a good neighborhood vibe, serving traditional pub fare for lunch and dinner. O’Neill is considering offering breakfast service too, so if that ends up happening, now you know where to go for a good Irish breakfast. Traditional music is also in the works.
The look will be classic, with small tables, beer barrels, and my favorite element is the series of murals O’Neill is commissioning: one is going to picture JFK, Bono, Sinead O’ Connor, Enya, and himself having a pint (or an Irish coffee) together. Brill! Speaking of Irish coffees, look for a unique take on the SF classic at O’Neill’s—should be interesting considering the famous Buena Vista is just blocks away. Look for a grand opening in October.
O'Neill's Irish Pub—Ghirardelli Square
900 North Point St.—H 104
Cross: Larkin St.
San Francisco, CA 94109