June 17, 2014

June 17, 2014
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The Interval, complete with chime generator table and spiral staircase. Photo by Because We Can via Long Now Foundation.

The Long Now Foundation’s bar project in Fort Mason, ~THE INTERVAL~, is now open. We covered lots of details on the project back in May (and you really should read it, there are a lot of cool details in there), but here’s a little recap. The project is focused on time: exploring it, our relationship to it, and, most importantly, it’s relationship to booze! Jennifer Colliau (Small Hand Foods, Slanted Door Group) is taking on the concept of time in lots of interesting ways, including utilizing spirits and drink styles with a long history, and doing some in-house barrel aging (which is legal since the spot is on federal, not state, land).

The space, which doubles as the foundation’s museum, has the distinct feel of a tweedy professor’s den (and a bit like what Tesla’s office would have looked like in modern times), with a spiral staircase, clocks, and the chime generator table. There is a little cove booth in one corner with a view of the Golden Gate and the Yacht Club, perfect for watching the fog roll in. In the coming months, look for special events on the subject of time, as well. The museum is open daily 10am-5pm, and the bar is open nightly 5pm-12am, though Tuesdays may sometimes be dedicated to ticketed events. 2 Marina Blvd, Fort Mason Building A, 415-561-6582.

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The exterior of Olive. Yelp photo by Kathy V.

We haven’t been able to get confirmation on this one, but according to a tweet from a pal who would know, it sounds like ~OLIVE~ in the Tenderloin is closing this Saturday June 21st. We haven’t been able to get in touch with anyone, and there’s no word at the moment on what might be moving in. Many thanks to the extensive martini list that got me through my early years in SF, and ditto those happy hour specials. Best to everyone moving forward! 743 Larkin St. at O’Farrell, 415-776-9814.

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The impressive selection of bottles at The Good Hop. Photo from Facebook.

Of course the hopper loves a little good hop! Oakland has a new place for all things beer-related, with the brand-spankin’-new ~THE GOOD HOP~. It comes from owner Melissa Myers, who started working as a brewer 16 years ago. The concept is more taproom than bar, with 16 local beers on tap as well as hundreds (yep, hundreds) of bottled beers available to enjoy there or take home. Myers is excited to offer people the opportunity to learn more about beer and try lots of different kinds, some that can’t be found elsewhere. In the future, she also hopes to offer special events. Hours are Wed-Mon 3pm-10pm (closed Tuesdays). 2421 Telegraph Ave. at 24th St., 510-338-6598.

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