September 10, 2013

September 10, 2013
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The Comstock dining room. Photo: Natalie Darville.

For those who struggle with finding a seat at the bar at ~COMSTOCK SALOON~ (you are not alone), this should come as welcome news: owners Jeff Hollinger and Jonny Raglin have decided to add a bar in the adjoining dining room against the wall. The 12-foot antique bar was found in Lodi and will have room for about eight thirsty patrons (there will also be a few high-top tables added). The bar will have its own bartender and will be serving the exact same drinks as the saloon bar—no “we don’t make this at that bar, you have to go to the main bar” nonsense. Yup, the vibe in the dining room is going to become a bit more lively. As Raglin stated, “Well, the demand for the booze outweighed the demand for people looking for a quiet place to dine.” They are doing the work themselves, so look for the new bar in November or thereabouts.

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Some of the shiny taps at Mikkeller Bar. Photo: © tablehopper.com.

The illustrious Camper English at Alcademics has a nice scoop about what’s moving into the former Tokyo Go Go space: ~ABV~. The project is from Erik Reichborn-Kjennerud (who owns Dalva/Hideout), Ryan Fitzgerald (known for his skills when he was at Beretta and who is currently the brand ambassador for Del Maguey mezcal), and Todd Smith (who rocked it at Bourbon & Branch and will presently get you tipsy at Hideout). The gents are going to be staying away from cocktail trends (no barrel-aging or drinks on draft, and no Edison bulbs), offering 10 to 15 drinks. There will be food as well, with a kitchen serving bar bites until 1am (everything should be priced around $10 and under, drinks included). There will also be classes, theme nights, and some ideas are sure to pop up in coming months. Look for a January opening or so. 3174 16th St. at Albion.

~MIKKELLER BAR~ has opened their downstairs sour room: the Tivoli Sour Room. Eater mentions the room has room for 20, and is pouring exclusively lambics and sour beers, with 80 bottles. You can park it at the communal table or there are a couple of two-tops. Open Thu-Sat 6pm-2am; otherwise you can rent it for private parties. 34 Mason St. at Turk, 415-984-0279.

A couple of weeks ago, I broke the news that Ceri Smith was going to be the wine director at the soon-to-reopen ~TOSCA CAFE~, but I was told to keep quiet about the second component: that she was going to be working with Randall Grahm. Scoop has an interview with the duo about their partnership, and also revealed the new bar manager is Isaac Shumway (previously Alembic, Bourbon & Branch, and Heaven’s Dog), who will be updating some classic cocktails, including making some tweaks to the House Cappuccino. White jackets will continue to be de rigueur behind the bar. 242 Columbus Ave. at Broadway.

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Join Almanac Beer Co. at ~NOTOBERFEST~ at St. Gregory’s on Friday September 20th. The evening is a celebration of everything autumnal, and several local breweries will be pouring suds like pumpkin ales and Oktoberfest lagers, including offerings from Magnolia, Headlands Brewery, and Highwater Brewing. 4505 Meats will also be in attendance, with their superlative meaty goods, plus Jake Godby and Humphry Slocombe are doing dessert. The event runs from 6:30pm-9:30pm and tickets are $60, including all food and drink, and proceeds benefit The Food Pantry. 500 De Haro St. at Mariposa.