November 22, 2011

November 22, 2011
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Etcetera Wine Bar. Photo by Rebecca Kinney. © tablehopper.com.

With reporting from intern Rebecca Kinney.
A while ago, I mentioned ~ETCETERA WINE BAR~ was opening on Valencia Street, and it has happened as of last week. The warm (er, very red) interior includes a blonde wood bar with inlaid design, and soft lighting. The global wine list is actually a binder compiled by owner Alexandra Gerteis. Wines are divided by country; each country has an information page with notable regions, fun facts, and history, as well as information about the main grapes of each country. Gerteis wants to help people better understand wine and wine labels. Although she was an export manager for Cave de Ribeauvillé, Gerteis resists the title of wine expert. “I know enough to say that you can never know everything,” she demurs, “There is always more to discover.”  

The food menu features flammenkueche (tarte flambée), a traditional dish that comes from Alsace, just like Gerteis. In addition to the classic flammenkueche with bacon and caramelized onions ($10), there are a number of variations including the Galician with chorizo, bell pepper, onions, and Manchego ($12), as well as sweet flammenkueches such as caramelized apples with cinnamon ($6). Gerteis says she wanted to serve flammenkueche because it is not something you can find very much in San Francisco, and it’s good for sharing with friends or for a meal by itself.

There is also a cheese menu with suggested wine pairings and descriptions of each cheese. For those wishing to explore cheese, information such as, “Smells of roasted nuts and brown butter with a concentrated sweet and salty flavor,” can really go a long way in helping you decide. A nightly tapas board, salads, and charcuterie round out the menu. Hours: Tue-Thu 5pm-12am, Fri-Sat 5pm-1:30am, Sun 5pm-11pm. 795 Valencia St. at 19th St., 415-926-5477.

Grub Street mentions ~THE DARK HORSE INN~ has opened on Geneva, serving food and beer. Co-owners Andrea Ferrucci and Sean Ingram are presenting a casual menu of snacky bites, burgers, and sandwiches. Some items reflect Americana like Buffalo wings ($8), mac and cheese ($6), and a Western burger ($10) with pepper jack, bacon, barbecue sauce, onion rings; others have Latin influences (tostones, $6; fish tacos, $9) and Asian influences (teriyaki chicken sandwich, $9.50; Vietnamese pulled pork sandwich, $10). Craft beers on tap include in-state selections like 1500 Pale Ale from Drake’s Brewing in San Leandro, Racer 5 from Bear Republic in Healdsburg, West Coast IPA from Green Flash in San Diego, and Mischief from The Bruery in Orange County; and in-town selections like White Lightning from Speakeasy, and Kalifornia Kolsch and Dark Star Mild from Magnolia Brewing. They’re also offering some bottled choices, and a few wines from Vigilance Winery. Mon 4pm-10pm, Tue-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-2am, Sun 10am-10pm. 942 Geneva Ave. at London, 415-469-5508.

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Starting tomorrow, Wednesday November 23rd, ~MONARCH~ officially opens its doors, and DJ Spun (of the original Gathering and Wicked parties) is flipping on the party switch opening night; RSVP for no cover before 10pm, then it’s $5 before 11pm, and $10 after.

Joining Spun tomorrow night are DJs M3, Solar, Anthony Mansfield, Mr. Smith, Jeniluv, and Duserock. After a short break for Thanksgiving, doors open again on Friday night with Miguel Migs, Mauricio Aviles, David Harness, and Leo J; and on Saturday night with Afrolicious, Pleasuremaker, Señor Oz, and other guest musicians.

As reported earlier, the space (formerly The Room Ultra Lounge) features two floors of par-tay, cocktail lounge up, dancefloor down. Behind the project are Tadd Cortell, Manny Alferez (aka DJ M3), Micah Burns, and Chris Smith, who’ve done up the space with an art nouveau-meets-steampunk look and a gold-plated sound system. Expect quality drinks and a wide range of music, including live performances. 101 6th St. at Mission, 415-596-7896.

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Interior photo from BrewTruc’s Facebook page. (Awww, flowers.)

After initial reports a couple months ago, ~BREWTRUC~ appears to officially be on the road as of this Saturday. The concept: a tricked-out, 40-foot bus you can drink craft beer and cocktails on while you get driven all over God’s green earth (or shady neighborhoods). I know, crazy concept—just think of it as a limo that you’ll be able to rent for private events with your posse, or hop on during scheduled tours and excursions. Thrillist mentions there are 12 custom beer taps, pouring Belgians, microbrews, and some local beers. Check the site in the future for scheduled events. Reservations: 415-926-5060.

510 is blowin’ up with booze: first there’s Prizefighter, and now SFoodie mentions ~HONOR BAR~ will be opening in Emeryville from Alex Smith (formerly the bar manager at Gitane). There will be a bar and grill at this neighborhood spot opening in December in the former Sushi Village space; stand by for more deets. 1411 Powell St. at Hollis, Emeryville.