April 30, 2013

April 30, 2013

The interior at Sydney Town. Photo from Facebook.

The former ~EVE LOUNGE~ is no longer with us, but the space has been revamped and the menu reworked by the same owners with a new name: ~SOUTHSIDE SPIRITHOUSE~. Scoop caught the story on the new concept, which includes elevated cocktails and small bites with a seasonal focus. The bar program includes punches and cocktails available by the pitcher to appeal to larger groups, plus 12 beers on tap from breweries like Dogfish Head, Firestone, and Hitachino Nest. The group-friendly food comes from chef Michael Frances. Look for pizzas with seasonal toppings, snacks like deviled eggs, and desserts. They’ll be open for late-night snacks (serving until 1am) and there’s a happy hour from 3pm-7pm Mon-Fri too. Mon-Wed 3pm-1am, Thu-Fri 3pm-2am, Sat 6pm-2am, closed Sunday. 575 Howard St. at 2nd St., 415-543-5874.

The former O’Neill’s Irish Pub—near the ballpark—was purchased by a new owner (Kevin Kynoch of Fishbowl on Divisadero) over a year and a half ago, and now it has finally finished its face-lift under the supervision of GM Janine Gallagher. It’s called the ~POLO GROUNDS~, after the location the Giants used to play when they were still a New York team. In keeping with this theme, there’s a new mural featuring the polo grounds themselves and other icons of old New York (courtesy of designer Michael Brennan), mixed with images of modern San Francisco. The new team reached out to us to let us know they kept the menu pretty focused on pub food, with burgers, wings, and some token salads, but are aiming to use higher-quality ingredients than the previous incarnation—you can take a peek here. (Tom Ryan, who used to be the chef-owner of the Guilty Goose in New York, consulted on the menu.) Open Mon-Fri 12pm-2am, Sat-Sun 11am-2am. 747 3rd St. at King, 415-777-1177.

Scoop brings the news that the former ~GIO’S~ in the Financial District has reopened as ~SYDNEY TOWN TAVERN~, from the owners of the Irish Bank. The name comes from a former nickname for the Barbary Coast, and references the many Australians who ended up here in the early days. The menu is casual pub fare, and they’ve got a full bar. There are 12 draft beers, including options from Firestone, Deschutes, and Speakeasy. They’re open Mon-Wed 11am-12am, Thu-Fri 11am-2am, and Sat 4pm-2am. Closed Sunday. 531 Commercial St. at Sansome, 415-433-1949.


On Monday May 13th, check out a fabulous four-course artichoke dinner from chefs Chris Kronner (Kronnerburger) and Kevin Cimino (St. Vincent), along with cocktails from the Jupiter Olympus crew. All the drinks will feature Cynar, naturally, to keep the evening (and drinks!) as chokey as possible. The 7pm seating is sold out, but there are still tickets to the 9pm seating, and they’re only $30. All proceeds benefit The People’s Grocery in West Oakland. 2389 Mission St. at 20th St.


The interior at RN74. Photo courtesy RN74.

A few wine events you’ll want to consider: Raise a glass to summer at ~RN74~, where they’ll be hosting a Beaujolais Happy Hour called Gettin’ Beauji with It (heh heh) during the entire month of May. They’ll be pouring specials all month long, and kicking the whole thing off with a party on Wednesday May 1st from 4pm until close. The party will include oysters for $1.50, small plates for $7, and glasses of gamay-based wines for $5. For the rest of the month, look for more $5 wine specials during happy hour (Mon-Fri 4pm-6pm), complimentary corkage on gamay-based wines, gamay flights, and 16 different gamay wines by the bottle.

if this gorg weather continues to hold up, it will be extra-fun at the ~BLUXOME STREET WINERY~ block party this Friday May 3rd. You will want to plan for a long lunch, trust. They will be closing off Bluxome Street, and four food trucks will be slinging their goodness: Del Popolo, Satellite Republic, Fins on the Hoof (poutine, yo), and Frozen Kuhsterd. You can check out some newly released wines, and of course there will be rosé. 11am-2pm. Bluxome St. between 4th and 5th St.

(Oh, and for your calendar: remember when I wrote about the awesome Boneyard truck? They’ll be at Bluxome with their barbecue love on May 17th.)

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