February 5, 2013

February 5, 2013
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Bliss Bar. Photo via Facebook.

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The fabulous Toph with his bike and his team wino pride. Photo from Facebook.

One of the few watering holes in Noe Valley, ~BLISS BAR~ suffered a fire yesterday. Fortunately no one was hurt but it looks like it was quite a scorcher—it actually flared up for a second time in the evening, and the fire department had to return to put it out again. 4026 24th St. at Castro.

Good news for ~NOPALITO~ in the Inner Sunset: its liquor license went through. Release the mezcal! The pouring of adult beverages begins Monday.

Curious about the upcoming fate of beloved ~TOSCA CAFE~? Here’s an interview on Food Republic with the new partner, Ken Friedman, who is taking over with chef-partner April Bloomfield. A few items: the menu will be Italian (he mentions “hearty, simple small plates”) with a late-night menu. The cocktail component sounds like it’s still being worked out. 242 Columbus Ave. at Broadway.

Great news, winos: after suffering a horrific bike incident, Toph of Red Wine Social is not only back on his bike, but he’s back throwing his party (that thing has a 13-year track record!). He’ll be at ~MADRONE ART BAR~ on Wednesdays (starting this Wed the 6th!) from 6:30pm-9:30pm, with $5 wine specials, cocktails, and sweet DJ’ed tunes.

He will also be at ~F8~ (the former Icon Ultra Lounge) on Fridays for Vintage, with “tunes and snacky bites, cocktails and drink specials, and indoor bike parking.” Ends up those bites will be coming from neighbor Citizen’s Band! Welcome back, Toph! 1192 Folsom St. at 8th St.

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The Dogpatch Saloon. Yelp photo by Matt J.

I had a chance to connect with Jeff Lyon, one of the partners (along with Phil West, both of Range) behind the ~THIRD RAIL~ bar that’s opening in the former Retox. Here’s a little update on the project since we last reported on it: He says, “We plan to create a cozy, slightly upscale neighborhood bar with a creative yet approachable cocktail program. We want people to feel comfortable ordering a gin and tonic or a beer, yet know that if they want a great craft cocktail, we can deliver.” He said service is going to be a big emphasis, and there will also be some bar snacks. Paxton Gate is behind the new design, and they hope to start the buildout by March 1st and finish by June 1st. But they also know how construction goes, so we’ll just have to wait and see. As for continuing to use the basement as a live music venue, it may become an event space in time, but for now it will be used for storage until it’s brought up to code.

Oh, and about the name: it comes from a popular cocktail Lyons created at Range and was just a working title that eventually grew into being the perfect name for the location (Dogpatch used to be a huge off-loading area for freight trains, and now it has the light rail running down 3rd St.). 628 20th St. at 3rd St.

Just a couple of blocks away, it looks like the ~DOGPATCH SALOON~ has officially closed as of yesterday. According to a post on its website, the new bar (under new owners, who are from 83 Proof) should be opening in a couple of months, after a face-lift to the space. 2496 3rd St. at 22nd St.

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Construction on the tap room at Speakeasy. Photo from Facebook.

Mark your calendars: ~MONK’S KETTLE~ is cracking its keg of the very sought-after Triple IPA Pliny the Younger on Wednesday February 13th at noon. $10 for 10 oz. Here’s the best part: all proceeds are going to La Cocina. Nice!

Due to open this Saturday February 9th is the new tap room at ~SPEAKEASY~, with 10 beers on tap and one cask (Eater mentioned this new addition was coming a month ago). And since it’s Beer Week, the grand opening party is just the start of the festivities that Speakeasy is hosting. Check out this calendar of upcoming events over the next week. Hours will be Tue-Thu 3pm-8pm, Fri-Sat 1pm-9pm, and Sun 1pm-6pm, with $3 happy hour every day from 3pm-5pm. The brewhouse bar will be open on Friday night 4pm-9pm (as it usually is). 1195 Evans Ave. at Keith, 415-642-3371.

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The bourbon selection at Hog & Rocks, plus Dandelion’s chocolate bars.

Catch a meeting of the delicious minds on Saturday February 9th at ~HOG & ROCKS~, when bar manager Michael Lazar teams up with Lisa Gallinger of Dandelion Chocolate for a special chocolate and bourbon pairing. The tasting includes three pairings, with chocolates from Dandelion’s single-origin batches and half-ounce bourbon pours from Hog & Rocks’ selection. The tasting runs from 3:30pm-4:45pm, and tickets are $40 per person. If you can’t catch the tasting event, that’s okay, because the pairings will remain on the Hog & Rocks bar menu.