The new bar at The Royale. Photo courtesy of Jon Vargas.
The back bar at The Royale, ready for ya. Photo: Jon Vargas.
After landing a full liquor license and then closing for renovations, Cafe Royale has reopened, although it’s now known simply as ~THE ROYALE~. The partners installed a new wood bar and backbar, repainted, and best of all, the upstairs mezzanine has some new lighting, booths, and tables, making it an ideal spot if you’re on a date. The Royale wants to continue its legacy as an easygoing neighborhood bar, and is offering some fun beer-and-a-shot combos for $9-$10, like the “Steam and a Beam” (shot of Jim Beam and a pint of Anchor Steam) and the “Fern-Berger” (shot of Fernet Branca and a mug of Radeberger).
The Royale will keep offering its fun programming, from the Drunken Spelling Bee to free jazz on the weekends to Monday Happy Hour Comedy on second Mondays—keep up with it all on Facebook. Another thing they are noted for is their monthly rotation of art—February’s art show will be featuring original pinup drawings from Alberto Vargas! Hawt. The grand reopening party will be Saturday February 1st, FYI. Hours are Sun-Wed 4pm-12am, Thu-Sat 4pm-2am. 800 Post. St. at Leavenworth, 415-441-4099.
It looks like Dogpatch is getting yet another newly refreshed watering hole, this time from Chris Lawrence and Brad LaMotte of Southern Pacific Brewing, who are taking over Hogan’s Goat Tavern. Eater reports that the project will offer a selection of beers on tap, traditional cocktails, and a low-key, neighbor-friendly atmosphere. They aren’t planning a lot of construction: apparently, they’d like to be back open by baseball season in the spring. 2289 3rd St. at 20th St.