April 10, 2012

April 10, 2012

Photo from UrbanDaddy; by Michael David Rose Photography.

Opening quite a bit ahead of schedule, ~LOCAL EDITION~, the latest bar from the Destination Bars team (Brian Sheehy and Doug Dalton), is opening this Thursday. It’s located in the basement of the historic Hearst Building—some of you may remember The Manhattan Lounge from a while ago, the space’s last incarnation. It was the publishing floor for The Examiner and The Call, so you’ll see many elements like paper cutters, linotypes, historic newspapers, typewriters, and more. In fact, Dalton’s father and grandfather were both reporters, and papers with their bylines and their typewriters are both displayed. In coming months, more equipment from the archives will be revealed, like a Hearst projector that will play old Movietone newsreels. There’s a stage where you’ll also be able to listen to jazz ensembles and acoustic acts.

The space is huge—5,500 square feet—and has a seating area with room for over 100. There are banquettes, lounge chairs on rollers, and the low tables are topped with marble that was from the Hearst Castle; the bar is also made of the same marble—they found the remnants in the sub-basement and were given permission by Steve Hearst to use it (he’s been instrumental in the project). There are also high-top tables around the bar.

I spoke with Joe Alessandroni (GM, manager for Rickhouse) and Ian Scalzo (opening GM for Local Edition, GM at Bourbon & Branch, beverage director for Destination Bars) about the cocktail program, which will be inspired by mid-century (and spirit-driven) cocktails from the ’50s and ’60s. The 12 original cocktail names are based on events, people, and places of that era, with references to the newspaper business, like The Eagle (a reference to the Hearst logo) and Fidel and Che. In addition to Ian’s composed cocktails, there are “culinary highballs” (a spirit, syrup, and soda made from old-school siphons), and your table can order bottles of punch, like The Daily News, a variation on the Singapore sling with mezcal on the side. A twist on bottle service, there will also be decanter service, with a spirit served with a bucket of ice and soda.

For now, you can either make a reservation for 1 of 12 tables (you’ll be able to do so on the website), or feel free to just swing by (there are a lot of spots held for walk-ins). When it’s busy, you’ll check in with a host who will seat you when tables are available, and about 30 of the tables will have table service. Opening hours are Thu-Fri 5pm-2am, Sat 7pm-2am, and starting Monday, it will be open early-ish for happy hour (possibly 4pm) through Saturday until 2am (hours subject to change). 691 Market St. at 3rd St., 415-795-1375. (Look for the door next to the T-Mobile store.)


Beer & Soul flyer.

A couple beer dinners for your consideration: on Sunday April 15th, you can drink away your tax woes (or your refund) at this Almanac Beer Co. brewmaster’s dinner with Reform Club and chef Eric Ehler of Seoul Patch. Check out the Asian-influenced menu here. It will be your first chance to taste the new Almanac spring release of their Biere de Mars with Fennel from Heirloom Organic Gardens. $40 per person; beverage pairing $25. Reservations are available here. At Specchio, 2331 Mission St. at 19th St.

On Thursday April 26th, chef Sarah Kirnon of Miss Ollie’s is back with cicerone Sayre Piotrkowski for Beer & Soul, a night of Caribbean soul food paired with local brews from Dying Vines and Craftsman Brewing Company. You can view the menu and pairings here. The dinner will be at The Starline Social Club in Oakland, and it sounds like there will be musical performances and DJs as well. Starline’s resident mixologist, Troy Bayless (formerly of Flora) will be making Caribbean-inspired cocktails, too. $60 (tax and gratuity included). Tickets here. Guests select a half-hour block to be seated, starting every half hour from 6:30pm-9:30pm. 2232 Martin Luther King Way at W. Grand, Oakland.


A wall of wine while sitting at Saison’s hearth. Photo: © tablehopper.com.

On Saturday April 14th, Mauro Cirilli will be leading a class about nebbiolo where else but at ~PERBACCO~. 10:30am. $45 ($40 for NASA members).

Want to learn more about wine from some local pros? Sommelier Mark Bright of ~SAISON~ is hosting Saison Wine School on Saturdays at the restaurant, starting on Saturday April 28th. The two-hour classes will focus on wines from various regions around the world. Beginning at $125/person, it will vary depending on topic. The first class will cover sparkling wine and Champagne. Saturdays 12pm-2pm. Buy tickets through SeatMe.

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