May 15, 2012

May 15, 2012

Photo courtesy of The Hancock Room.

Opening this Thursday May 17th is ~THE HANCOCK ROOM~, a reservations-only sidebar adjacent to Sip Bar & Lounge in Chinatown. The private room has been converted into a bar with four seating areas outfitted with antique sofas, armchairs, and coffee tables, along with satirical artwork on the walls (owner John Eric Sanchez is a big history buff). You can reserve a table Sun-Thu 5pm-2am by calling or emailing, and Fri-Sat the space is reserved for private parties with 40 or more guests (and there’s no room fee!).

The cocktail list (which will also give you a history lesson) is focused on classic and reinvented cocktails featuring brandy, bourbon, gin, rum, rye, and Scotch, like the Betsy Ross, the Colonial Cocktail, and the Hudson, as well as local beers. 1350 Powell St. at Broadway, 415-699-6545.


The new sign at the former Kimo’s. Photo by Rebecca Kinney. ©

A couple weeks ago, I mentioned ~PLAYLAND~ was opening in the former Kimo’s on Polk. According to a detailed post on Yelp, the two-level cocktail bar is now open.

Urban Daddy mentions the décor has an amusement park theme, with “a smoke-breathing bull’s head from Guadalajara mounted on the wall. And colorful marquee lights overhead. And tchotchkes like a dancing, tambourine-playing monkey sprinkled around.” And that’s before you started drinking. On tap: Fernet, tequila, and whiskey, along with some beers, and there’s a cocktail menu that will play with the carnival theme even further (think cotton candy cosmo—I’ll just stick with my whiskey, thanks).

Live acts (including a burlesque accordion band) are mentioned on Yelp, keeping the venue’s history as a live performance venue going. Hours are Mon-Fri 4pm-2am, Sat-Sun 2pm-2am. 1351 Polk St. at Pine, 415-440-7529.


El Rio patio on Salsa Sundays. Photo from Facebook.

Wine lovers may want to swing by the back patio at ~EL RIO~ on Friday May 18th, since a pop-up wine bar called Mugsy’ will be happening from 5pm-8pm.

Wines will be poured from four urban wineries in Oakland, San Francisco, Berkeley, and Alameda, with a focus on women winemakers: blanc de blancs sparkling produced by Rock Wall Wines, sauvignon blanc from Urban Legend Cellars, pinot noir from Stomping Girl Wines, and a Sonoma cabernet from Gratta Wines. Wines will be about $7 a glass.

Don’t forget El Rio offers a finite batch of free oysters at 5:30pm, and homemade piadina (Italian flatbread sandwiches) are available. Mugsy’s will be happening twice a month, on alternating Fridays.

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