November 18, 2014

November 18, 2014
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The iconic Nite Cap sign. Yelp photo by Ric S.

As mentioned on tablehopper last year, Tenderloin dive bar ~NITE CAP~ was purchased by a team of new partners including Dave Esler of Hog & Rocks. After a remodel, it has reopened, though Esler swears it hasn’t changed too much. According to Scoop, the new Nite Cap is focused on shot-and-a-beer combos and is not all about mixology or fancy cocktails. The inside has been gutted and redone, though, and there’s been a lot of work done to the exterior as well. The sign now lights up completely, but otherwise is unchanged. 699 O’Farrell St. at Hyde, 415-931-9508.

The Trocadero has done a quick switcheroo to ~RX~, Eater reports. The bar is from owners Dennis Leary and Eric Passetti, and it is focused on the, ahem, medicinal qualities of alcohol. The menu is based on the Prohibition-era prescriptions people could get for booze and includes drinks made using tinctures and digestifs. They’ve changed the decor a bit, too, making the space a bit warmer and darker, but not changing the layout significantly. 701 Geary St. at Leavenworth, 415-952-0481.

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The Old Devil Moon partners, from left to right: Will Marshall, Chris Cohen, and Andrew Kelley. Photo courtesy Old Devil Moon.

Three self-identified “beer geeks” are getting ready to open a bar in Bernal, called ~OLD DEVIL MOON~. The project comes from Chris Cohen, cicerone and board member of the San Francisco Homebrewers Guild, Andrew Kelley, also a cicerone and former manager of Los Angeles beer spot Little Bear, and Will Marshall, an accountant with a love of beer. The partners are opening their bar in the former La Terraza space on Mission Street and are planning to offer an excellent list of beers on tap and in bottles. The bar will have a Southern bent, so it should be comfortable and welcoming, and they’ve also got a full liquor license, so there will be cocktails. You’ll also find a menu designed to pair well with beer, including burgers, of course. They’re still at least several months away from opening while the space is under construction (interiors are from Kelly Malone). 3472 Mission St. at Cortland.

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Some of the Beaujolais on offer at Arlequin’s 2012 bash. Photo from Facebook.

What a wonderful time of year this is! Commercial crab season just opened, white truffle season continues, and now the Beaujolais is arriving from France! This Thursday November 20th, catch the seventh annual Beaujolais Bash at ~ARLEQUIN WINE MERCHANT~ from 6pm-8pm. In addition to the Beaujolais Nouveau, they’ll also be pouring a selection of Cru Beaujolais from various vintages. Tickets are $35 per person at the door and include plenty of tastes. All wines will be available for purchase, at a special 10 percent discount for the event.