November 19, 2013

November 19, 2013
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The old-school sign at the old school Pop’s. Photo from Facebook.

The day when a serious barfly won’t have a stool to sit on is (scarily) approaching, as evidenced by three recent dive bar closures. The ~NITE CAP~ in the Tenderloin has been purchased by Dave Esler (a partner at Hog & Rocks and Hi Lo) and bartenders Joe Summa and David Linsmayer. Scoop reports that they are keeping the iconic sign and the name, but otherwise, look for a lot of changes. The interior will get a new high ceiling, a whiskey-focused bar, and new booths and banquettes, and likely new prices and clientele too. TenderLife chimes in on the changes over here. 699 O’Farrell St. at Hyde.

The 24th Street corridor is also facing a lot of changes, with two dive bars about to become very different. ~POP’S BAR~ at the corner of York and 24th is in the process of being sold, according to Uptown Almanac. No word yet on the buyers or their plans, but given most of the changes happening in the Mission these days, it looks like the days of $2 beers might be over. The end of Pop’s? Yeah, Pop’s. Broke-Ass Stuart wrote a homage to the bar here. 2800 24th St. at York.

The Attic is also on the market, says Uptown Almanac. It’s not clear if the bar will be sold or simply close down, but it seems likely the location will be a hot selling point for a new investor. Sigh. 3336 24th St. at Osage.

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Waiheke Island Yacht Club. Photo from Facebook.

On Sunday November 24th at 7pm, James Stolich of ~COOKWITHJAMES~ is hosting an Argentine wine dinner with Jon Staenberg of Hand of God Wines. The three-course dinner includes wine pairings, dessert, and appetizers for $111 per person; tickets can be ordered here. Location in Ashbury Heights; details will be emailed with ticket purchase.

Uncorked Events is bringing its annual ~PINOT & BUBBLES~ event to the Regency on Thursday December 5th. The tasting includes more than 200 pinot and bubbly pours, from all over the world, plus live music and nibbles to keep you going. Tickets are $50 for early bird admission, which ends today, so think fast! After today, tickets are $65 per person. There are also group ticket options for as low as $38 per person. The Regency Center, 1290 Sutter St. at Van Ness.

~WAIHEKE ISLAND YACHT CLUB~ is hosting two New Zealand wine dinners, one on Monday December 2nd and another on Monday December 9th. The first dinner will focus on North Island wines, while the second is all about South Island wines. The six-course menu will include wine pairings and costs $160 per person, not including tax and gratuity. Reservations are available beginning at 5pm and can be made by calling the restaurant. This is also a good time to note that Waiheke Island Yacht Club is only going to be in San Francisco for another six weeks, so be sure to enjoy the gorg space while you still can. Pier 29, 1256 The Embarcadero, 415-956-1048.