December 9, 2014

December 9, 2014
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The bar at Brewcade. Photo courtesy Brewcade.

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Seating at Brewcade. Photo courtesy Brewcade.

It looks like we’re going to have a (much needed) rainy winter this year, so here’s a great way to spend some time indoors: wearing out your thumbs on 1980s vintage arcade games at ~BREWCADE~ (that link isn’t quite live yet, by the way). The bar is from Shawn Vergara of the nearby Blackbird and his sister, Tiffny Vergara Chung, and they have created a veritable fantasy playground for grown-ups. They’ve got 24 vintage gaming machines from the 1980s, offering as many as 50 different games (many machines are multiplay), along with 25 beers on tap, 5 wines on tap, and a selection of carbonated, low-alcohol cocktails. There is also a wide selection of nonalcoholic sodas, from The Fizzary, and coffee from Stumptown, along with a “French-Italian sparkling slushie.” For food, they’ve got a “munchie bar” serving inexpensive snacks ($2-$5) including caramel corn, jerky, chicharrones, and nuts.

So, about those games. The selection is impressive, and includes classics like Pac-Man and Mrs. Pacman, Tetris, and Mario Bros., as well as more obscure titles like Galaxian, Jungle Hunt, and Xevious. Here is a partial list of games on offer, but many more will be available as well. The games will take quarters, though whether or not that means the pricing will also be vintage isn’t clear yet.

The space was designed by Craige Walters, who is also responsible for Fable, Romper Room, and Golden Gate Tap Room. The retro theme has been emphasized in the space, along with an industrial vibe. There is also a patio, with four tables, and a sleek, modern wall-mounted jukebox to keep the soundtrack fun. Hours are 3pm-2am Mon-Fri and 2pm-2am Sat-Sun. 2200 Market St. #102 at 15th St., no phone.

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Moody lighting at The Basement. Photo from Yelp.

As noted back in 2013, the former 222 Hyde has closed. In its place is now ~THE BASEMENT~, Eater reports, from owner Larry Livingston of Palladium. There is only a narrow bar on the ground floor, but the large basement has been tricked out with a new sound system, and Livingston will host DJ nights on weekends, as soon as he’s locked down an entertainment license. Right now, it’s all about comedy nights, including an open mic on Thursdays. It’s beer and wine only, with a selection of beers on tap, some wine, and soju- and Champagne-based cocktails. Hours are Tue-Wed 6pm-12am, Thu-Fri 6pm-2am, Sat 7pm-2am. 222 Hyde St. at Turk, 415-742-7222.

It looks like the PlumpJack Group has made yet another acquisition, this time of the former Sloane space in the Mid-Market area. Scoop notes that they plan to reopen next year, though no word yet on any details. 1525 Mission St. at 11th St.

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The cazuela cocktail at Uno Dos Tacos. Photo courtesy Uno Dos Tacos.

~UNO DOS TACOS~ has secured their full liquor license, and that means they’re now serving a full cocktail list. Tequila and mezcal are the focus, with a house margarita, of course, available by the glass or pitcher ($8/$29). There is also a special cazuela cocktail on the list, which is kind of like a mini punch bowl: four ounces of tequila (yikes!) with grapefruit, orange, and lime juice with Jarritos soda, served in a traditional ceramic dish ($14). To go along with the new cocktail list is a new happy hour Monday through Saturday from 4pm-8pm. Margaritas are $6 each or $26 for the pitcher, beers are $4, and sangria is available for $5 a glass or $18 for a pitcher. There is also a selection of $5 snacks, including flautas, a quesadilla, and gorditas. Check out the happy hour menu here. 595 Market St. at 2nd St., 415-974-6922.

There’s a new happy hour at Café Claude Marina Monday through Friday from 4:30pm-6:30pm. The offerings include a selection of wines for $1 per ounce, $3 beers, and snacks like oysters Rockefeller ($2) and baguette sliders ($2). Check out the full happy hour menu here. 2120 Greenwich St. at Fillmore, 415-375-9550.

For a pizza happy hour, head to ~CAPO’S~ every day from 5pm-6pm for a special deal. For $8, you get a slice of their deep-dish pizza, and your choice of a soda, Pabst, or shot of well whiskey. The deal is only available at the bar, but that’s more fun, anyway.