The bar and many, many taps. Photo courtesy of Craige Walters.
Hello, shuffleboard tables. Photo courtesy of Craige Walters.
Now open in the heart of Union Square is the ~GOLDEN GATE TAP ROOM~ that is one part beer hall and one part game room on the second floor of the historic Press Club building (it dates back to 1913, and used to be a clubhouse for newspaper and literary types). The 8,000-square-foot space will have both the Tap Room (with more than 100 beers) and eventually the Golden Gate Grill (which is also being remodeled—when completed in about three months, it will bring the entire project to a whopping 16,000 square feet). The Lori’s Diner Group—headed by Mr. Man J. Kim—is behind the project (he also owns Sears Fine Food and Lori’s Diners, so you already know he has a thing for Americana). In addition to the 100 beers (50 on draft and 50 bottled, from the Bay Area and all over the world), there is a menu of pub fare as well. Look for upcoming monthly beer tastings too.
C Walters Design (Hi Tops, Fable) worked with the Lori’s Diner team to construct a “reimagining of a classic American tavern and game hall,” with an eclectic mix of 1950s beer ads, a 40-foot wall of West Coast punk art, and barstools that evoke the 1940s Press Club bar. As for the gaming portion, there are two regulation shuffleboard tables, three Skee-Ball games, two foosball tables, new and vintage arcade games, and pool tables. There are also more than 20 screens to watch live sporting events. It’s meant to be a casual, fun space—and built for private events as well. Open 12pm-12am daily. There are two entrances: 449 Powell St. at Sutter and 525 Sutter St. at Powell, 415-677-9999.