June 5, 2012

June 5, 2012

Press Club. Photo courtesy of Press Club.

Some exciting news at ~PRESS CLUB~: Mauro Cirilli, previously the wine director of Perbacco and Barbacco, is the new wine director for Press Club. He will completely revamp the wine program, keeping the focus on California wines, but integrating a good percentage of European wines as well, from France, Italy, Spain, Austria, and Germany. It won’t be a huge list, around 100 labels, but definitely fun and interesting, with 25-plus wines by the glass and plenty of flights, mostly focused on comparing New World with Old World. With the new menu by chef Chris Borges of Taste Catering and now this, let’s just say I’m looking forward to revisiting Press Club soon.


View of the bar at Hi-Lo Club. Photo: Dana Massey-Todd. © tablehopper.com.


What’s Stammtisch, you ask? I’ll let you and your drinking friends speculate. Photo: Dana Massey-Todd. © tablehopper.com.

A report by Dana Massey-Todd: Many of you in the neighborhood and beyond will be excited to hear that the ~HI-LO CLUB~, brought to you by the team behind the now shuttered Koko Cocktails, has opened up on Polk Street. Owners Chris Keith, Lori Martens, and Justin Mulford have beautifully redesigned their new space into an open, minimal, industrial affair, with warm details like extensive use of hardwoods and cozy pockets for quiet conversation. This attention to design and, in particular, wood, is no coincidence: one of the owners is a woodworker.

Martens was generous enough to give me a peek on a recent afternoon, and I can’t wait to go back when it’s in full swing at night. Much like Koko (and as the name implies), the cocktails will be focused on deliciousness without pretension. As Martens said, “We love fancy things, we love lowbrow things,” and they appear to be hitting a nice balance of both. Martens said her favorite cocktail they are mixing at the moment is the “Buster Brown,” a bourbon-based drink with citrus, orange bitters, and sugar, though there should be plenty more to come.

Specialty drinks with clever names not your style? You’ll be fine; they have a better-than-solid selection of liquors and are proud to offer high-quality well pours, so sliding up to the bar with a simple order won’t leave you with a nasty taste in your mouth or a headache. As Martens was quick to point out, these guys are way more interested in being a good neighborhood spot than having a specialty drinks list a mile long. Hi-Lo also has twelve beers on tap, including Racer 5 IPA and selections from Firestone and Lost Abbey.

They will be offering table service Thursday-Saturday nights, which should offer a welcome change of pace from jostling at the bar. So throw on some ratty jeans and your best fur (or whatever your sartorial version of hi-lo is) and make your way down. They’re open Mon-Sat 4pm-2am. 1423 Polk St. at Pine, 415-885-4788.


The shelves at Pisco Latin Lounge; photo via Facebook.

On Thursday June 7th, Drink Me Magazine and ~PISCO LATIN LOUNGE~ are hosting a pisco party featuring four pisco brands (including the locally owned Encanto). You can enjoy a hosted lineup of pisco cocktails, Destino will be providing appetizers, plus music, entertainment, and guests dressed up in their interpretation of Barbary Coast-meets-modern. And here’s a code for 20 percent off the ticket price (acholado20)—so basically you’re paying $40 for cocktails, food, and what should be fun too! 1817 Market St. at Guerrero, 415-874-9951.


Billiards room at Wayfare Tavern. Photo via Facebook.

In the food and restaurant industry? Enjoy cheering and jeering your fellows over a stiff drink after a long Sunday of tourists and special requests? Then make your way to the ~WAYFARE TAVERN~ on Sunday nights for the Industry Night and Billiards Tournament. Staff at various local eating and drinking establishments have put billiards teams together and will be competing for the crowning glory billiard championship on July 22nd. Drink specials and light bar snacks will be on offer, and the games begin at 11pm every Sunday until the big game day. Be aware that the kitchen is open until 11pm, so if you are looking for dinner it is recommended you arrive fashionably early. The drinking and competing will go until 1am.

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