February 3, 2015

February 3, 2015
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Streamline glam outside Stookey’s Club Moderne. Photo: © tablehopper.com.

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The busy bar at Stookey’s Club Moderne. Photo: © tablehopper.com.

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The 20th Century at Stookey’s Club Moderne. Photo: © tablehopper.com.

On Saturday evening, I swung by the brand-new ~STOOKEY’S CLUB MODERNE~, which has opened its doors in the former Yong San Lounge (and short-lived The Royal Tug Yacht Club) in Lower Nob Hill. It was an especially swanky time to come by since owners Tim Stookey (formerly at Presidio Social Club) and siblings Leslie and Aaron Cole were holding a private party, with members of the Art Deco Society of California in all their Deco finery in attendance. I think I saw Dashiell Hammett there. I could be mistaken.

Neo-speakeasy this is not—it’s a post-Prohibition themed bar, evoking the 1930s-1940s with its Streamline Moderne look and sound (the music was from an extensive private collection, featuring some rare recordings of the period). There are glamorous and gleaming silver sconces, a multicolored linoleum floor (and bar top), and you’ll notice more vintage design details and artwork in the coming weeks. They also did some modern upgrades: all beer and wine are on tap and much of the lighting is energy-saving LED. Another eco touch: you won’t find any plastic in your glass since they use paper straws and bamboo skewers.

The white-jacketed bartenders can shake up a variety of cocktails featuring spirits appropriate to the Deco time period, with a number of SF classics (pisco punch, Irish coffee, and the mai tai) and highballs too—all served in vintage glassware. You can take a look at the cocktail list and bar menu here. Don’t miss the 20th Century, with its whispering notes of cacao, and Stookey’s trademark 100 Reasons Rye (James Pepper rye, Punt e Mes, Cointreau, Regan’s orange bitters, $13). Almost all the other cocktails are $11, sweet.

Open Tue-Sun 4:30pm-2am. Welcome (back?) to the neighborhood! 895 Bush St. at Taylor.

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The bar at Flora. Photo from Facebook.

Check out the Wines of South America at the JCCSF on Monday February 9th with master sommelier and author of the book Wines of South America, Evan Goldstein. He’ll be presenting wines from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Uruguay, and talking about the various regions and climates and what to look for when purchasing bottles. The event begins at 7pm and tickets are $35 and include the talk and tasting. JCCSF members receive 10 percent off the ticket price. 3200 California St. at Presidio, 415-292-1200.

In Oakland, ~FLORA~ is now offering cocktail classes at their bar. Matty McGee, the bar manager, will be leading two two-part series. Each class will be on Sunday evenings from 5pm-7pm, and costs $75 for a single class or $125 for both classes in the series. Classes are limited to ten students, so you’ll get lots of attention and instruction. The first series begins on Sunday February 8th and ends on Sunday March 8th, and is all about Old Fashioneds and Manhattans. YES. Learn about the history of these old-school drinks and about the importance of bitters in each drink. You’ll even make your own bitters to take home. Then, on Sunday April 12th and Sunday May 17th, learn about the difference between West Coast and East Coast Palates with different recipes for gimlets, martinis, and Tom Collins. Full details on each series as well as tickets are right here. 1900 Telegraph Ave. at 19th St., Oakland, 510-286-0100.

Don’t forget San Francisco Beer Week begins on Friday February 6th. Don’t miss the opportunity to try beer from tons of local brewers, attend workshops, pairing dinners, and more. The full schedule of happenings is here, with highlights like a Magnolia Brewing dinner at Bar Crudo, a Belgian beer and dim sum pairing at Mama Ji’s, and a yeast flavor profile workshop at Triple Voodoo Tap Room, for your deep beer nerd needs. Go out there, lather up, and get sudsy! Beer Week runs until Sunday February 15th; locations and prices of events vary.