February 26, 2013

February 26, 2013
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222 Hyde; Yelp photo by Jenny D.

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Solstice Lounge; Yelp photo by Joe G.

Was sorry to read in the SFBG about the upcoming closure of ~222 HYDE~. I remember back when Joe and Bianca Kaplan opened the place! Heck, I even threw a happy hour fundraiser there; loved that joint. Under the current owners, it had a fun, unpretentious, clubby vibe going. Ends up there are some ABC issues and a new building owner, so current owner EO decided to call it quits. The little pizza oven will be turned off and the groovy dance floor LED lights will dim on March 9th. Ah, memories. 222 Hyde St. at Turk, 415-345-8222.

Be sure to say farewell to ~MARLENA’S~ this week: the final drag show (“Follies”) performances on the Marlena’s stage will be this weekend. Hayeswire says the last day is Sunday March 3rd, from 4:30pm until close. 488 Hayes St. at Octavia, 415-864-6672.

Closing this Saturday March 2nd will be ~SOLSTICE~. They are going to be throwing a series of goodbye and thank-you parties starting Thursday. As mentioned on tablehopper earlier, Duncan Ley, Benjamin Bleiman, and a new project partner, Mark DeVito, are taking over the space. They are going to be calling it ~WILD HARE~ and are aiming to open April 1st. 2801 California St. at Divisadero.

According to Uptown Almanac, we’ll no longer have to refer to the former Mission Hill Saloon as ~THE UNRESOLVED LOVE LIFE OF EVELYN LEE~: a crew of regulars, Mission Hill bartenders, and others have come together to buy the bar back from the Dear Mom team who took it over last year. 491 Potrero at Mariposa.

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Celebrate San Francisco’s nightlife at the ~NITEY AWARDS~, coming to the Castro Theatre on Monday March 4th. The evening is hosted by Liam Mayclem of Eye on the Bay and Foodie Chap and KFOG’s music director and on air-personality Renee Richardson. It includes awards like Best Mixologist, Best Late-Night Food, Best Happy Hour, and Best Beer and Wine. The event kicks off at 7pm. Tickets start at $15 for balcony seats, with $25 for orchestra and $75 for VIP; they can be purchased here. Pssst, tablehopper readers can get an additional 40 percent off the orchestra seating option! Just enter PROMOTER at checkout. 429 Castro St. at 17th St. 415-621-6120.

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The crowd at the 2012 SF Vintners Market. Photo courtesy SF Vintners.

On Saturday and Sunday April 13th-14th, catch some great California wines (and beyond) at the ~SF VINTNERS MARKET~. The market is inspired by farmers’ markets, meaning you can sample wines, chat with the producers directly, and purchase any bottles you’re interested in on the spot. There will be more than 100 wineries represented, so go get your wine on! The event runs from 12pm-4pm Saturday and Sunday, and tablehopper readers can click here for a 50 percent discount on all ticket prices. With the discount, tickets begin at $40. Fort Mason Center, Marina Blvd. at Laguna.