October 21, 2014

October 21, 2014
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The counter at West Coast Wine • Cheese. Photo courtesy West Coast Wine • Cheese.

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The wall of wine. Photo courtesy West Coast Wine Cheese.

Not too long ago, we mentioned ~WEST COAST WINE-CHEESE~ was coming to Cow Hollow, a wine and small plates bistro from Chris Wanner and Lindsey Repose. Well, this duo of wine professionals just tied the knot, and now they have opened their stylish hangout (but they will be keeping things unpretentious).

You can take a look at their West Coast-driven wine list and learn about the winemakers (which are listed with each wine). There are plenty of cheeses, salumi, and small plates like rillettes, salads, and a couple of sweets too. You will also find some beers on the list.

And since the Giants are in the World Series (!!!), you can enjoy a glass of the Mumm Napa Brut Prestige (Giants label) sparkling wine while watching the game on the flatscreens in there. Oh yeah, and they added some Saigon-style chicken wings too. Hours are Tue-Fri 4pm-10pm, Sat-Sun 12pm-10pm. 2165 Union St. at Fillmore, 415-577-9357.

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A look into Liquid Gold. Photo courtesy of Tim Lee.

We have been tracking the progress of ~LIQUID GOLD~ since the very beginning, and now owner Tim Lee has let us know the grand opening is this Saturday October 25th.

It’s a casual neighborhood bottle shop and taproom, with 45 seats in all. You can sidle up to the bar, grab a spot in the window or at the loungy couch area, and start taking your pick from breweries like Track 7, Fort Point, Pine Street, and Almanac (there are 30 mostly local craft beers on draft, but they’ll feature some rare ones from around the U.S. as well). Local wineries on tap include the Winery SF, Cellars 33, and Bluxome Street. Even better: Liquid Gold ended up getting their off-sale license for beer and wine after all, so you can bring any discoveries home with you.

Hours for now are Mon-Thu 2pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 2pm-12am, and Sun 1pm-8pm (they may open earlier for sporting events). Speaking of: they have TVs in there, so you can watch the Giants! 1040 Hyde St. at California, 415-660-5142.

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The exterior of the beloved Esta Noche. Yelp photo by James Z.

After the sad closure of Esta Noche, the Mission bar is now being transformed by the same team behind Wish in SoMa. The new project, called ~BOND~, will be opening in the next three weeks, after renovations are completed. About that name: it’s got nothing to do with 007, but is instead based on “the inner bond that draws one person to another,” a quote from Rumi. The ties that bind us? Yeah, we’re not going in there without a safe word.

As for the renovations, apparently the building used to house a three-story hotel, but the top two floors were destroyed in a fire in the 1970s. Rather than rebuild those levels, the owner turned the space into a one-story building, with a stairwell dead-ending onto the roof. This old architecture has been emphasized and exposed, and the hotel reception area is now restored, along with a lit arch and some windows that have been opened back up. Look for occasional DJ nights and mostly custom-recorded music on the sound system that’s designed by Barry Katz of JK Sound. Hours will likely be daily 4pm-2am. 3079 16th St. at Valencia.

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Afternoon aperitivo at Locanda. Photo courtesy Locanda.

After our tablehopper aperitivo event at 54 Mint in July, we are so happy to see the Italian tradition of aperitivo hour taking off, at 54 Mint (with specials from 4pm-6pm), at Plin on weekends, and now at ~LOCANDA~ on Sunday through Thursday from 5:30pm-6:30pm. Drink specials include $8 cocktails, glasses of wine for $6, and $4 Moretti; all drinks come with complimentary marinated olives and chips cacio e pepe.