SOMA has a new spot for boozin’, ~83 PROOF~, a project from Chris Barry, formerly the head bartender at LuLu for eight years, and Sky Wegman, whose background includes a start at Johnny Love’s back in ’97, Lucky 13, some East Bay joints like the Mallard, and Loft 11. The space used to be a rowdy dockworker bar back in the late 1920s. Flash forward to the sketchy last incarnation—when it was Attitudes Bar it was even the scene of a homicide back in 2001. The space has been abandoned for about three years, and was reportedly quite the mess.
There will be no more violent shenanigans or shankings — instead, the owners are putting in an upright piano so their talented pals can play while you get soused on some quality booze or beer from the eight taps, which includes some seasonal numbers at the moment. Ronaldo Colli, bar badass (Cortez, Americano, LuLu, amongst others), has put together a list of drinks designed to be tasty and quick to prepare so the after-work crowd isn’t stuck waiting ten minutes for a cocktail. And when you are in a holiday bonus frame of mind, you can just order a shot of Louis XIII de Rémy Martin cognac, sold at cost ($55). But don’t let that spendy shot fool you: the vibe here is designed to be casual and easygoing.
The comfortable space has room for 20 at the bar, and there’s a mezzanine with room for 15—sure to become a favored spot for post-work birthday or going-away gatherings. Things are still in progress, so there will be some art and mirrors added to the walls, and other touches soon. Plus happy hour. Oh, and depending how things go, Sundays are a possibility too.
83 1st St.
Cross: Mission St.
San Francisco, CA 94105
November 13, 2007
November 13, 2007