September 30, 2014

September 30, 2014

The new window and updated neon at Pop’s. Photo: Molly DeCoudreaux.


The wall at Pop’s. Photo: Molly DeCoudreaux.

Now open on 24th Street in the Mission—with a fresh paint job, a lovingly restored interior (which includes a newly constructed, period-appropriate back bar), a restored neon sign, and more—is ~POP’S BAR~. There was a great piece on The Bold Italic with pics of the new digs. During the massive remodel, they discovered the bar actually dated back further than 1947—it ends up it was more like 1935 or so—and was a clubhouse during Prohibition. It’s an amazing feat that the bar has been in continuous operation since then, with no name change, and it’s something partner Michael “Spike” Krouse (Madrone Art Bar on Divis) is very proud of. He is partnering with Tom Tierney, who has been running the open-mic night at Madrone the past couple of years, and they look forward to continuing the legacy of this working-class neighborhood bar.

Bartenders are experienced and hail from places like Nopa, Dalva, and more, so while there isn’t a cocktail menu, they can pretty much make you whatever it is you’re looking for. As for prices, you can get a High Life for $2, a draft beer for $5, or an Allagash for $7, so your bases are covered. There are also drink-and-a-shot specials ($8-$10), including the popular Calle 24: a draft Tecate with a spicy salt rim and shot of tequila for $8. Arriba. They are also trying to get approval to play amplified music until 2am (it was originally until 10pm-11pm only)—they won the conditional use hearing, and are now going before the Entertainment Commission. Time will tell! Hours are 3pm-2am. 2800 24th St. at York, 415-872-5160.

Back in June, we mentioned there were some changes happening at ~HOTSPOT~, which has been closed for four months. But it looks like they prevailed with their legal action against their “slumlord” (as they stated on their Facebook page). Tenderloin Blog reports the bar is back open! Based on the photo of the entrance, it looks like it got quite a bit of a renovation. 1414 Market St. at Fell.


The main seating area at Les Clos. Photo courtesy of Les Clos.

Winos, I have some updates for you! Am thrilled with the news that the beer and wine license for ~BRIGHT’S LES CLOS~ has kicked in, which means they have now extended their hours from 8am-12am daily (and nightly!). I can’t wait to start trying items on chef Shawn Gawle’s menu with some sick wines. It’s on. You can read our extensive piece about the project here. 234 Townsend St. at 3rd St., 415-795-1422.

Another beer and wine license that has finally made its way through is at ~BELCAMPO MEAT CO.~, so now their mighty tasty burger can be paired with a glass of barbera. Many of the wines are organic and sustainable, and come from California, South Africa, France, and Italy. The beer list also has some quality picks with a strong local showing, like Anderson Valley Stout, Racer 5 IPA, Almanac Honey Saison, and Magnolia Bitter (on tap). 1998 Polk St. at Pacific, 415-660-5573.

510 residents, you should know that natural winemakers Los Pilares (from San Diego) will be at ~THE HALF ORANGE~ for a party and tasting on Thursday October 9th. Winemaker Michael Christian will be pouring not just their 2011, 2012, and 2013 vintage reds, but also some of their experimental “garage wine.” 6pm. 3340 E. 12th St. at 33rd Ave., Oakland, 510-500-3338.

I recently received an email from the fine folks at ~BAY GRAPE~ announcing their new Bespoke Wine Club. I emailed back, asking where was the fizz option, and whaddya know, they added Marcia’s Fizz Club as an option. Ha! I had a good laugh over that one. Pop! 376 Grand Ave. at Elita, Oakland, 510-686-3615.