May 19, 2015

May 19, 2015

Lounge seating at Resolute. Photo: ©


The antique brass beer tower and fun wood-handled taps. Photo: ©


The exterior. Photo: ©

Last week I swung by the newly opened ~RESOLUTE~, a new wine (and beer) bar and shop that opened right next door to Rye in the TenderNob. Owners Justin Beem and Daniel Brooker (previously at wine shop Vin Debut) are fired up to offer hard-to-find wines from tiny wineries, excellent wines, and new wines, with a few exclusives too (don’t expect any big names here—it’s primarily about smaller producers). You’ll be able to explore the wines on tap in glasses or flights (and bottles too), and if you find something you really love, you’ll be able to buy it! There are 4 sparkling wines by the glass (nice), with a range of 8 whites ($10-$17 BTG) and 16 reds ($10-$30). I loved the range of styles and descriptions for each wine—you’ll find plenty to explore, and you can have as much education as you’d like as well.

Same story with their selection of beers—look for some smaller producers on draft (six in all), and be sure to check out the beer tap handles, which are in varying shades of wood that correspond with the darkness of the beer (there are ciders as well). There will be some good cheeses (from local picks to Mahon from Minorca, Spain) and charcuterie (from Creminelli and Olympia Provisions) as well. The cheese plate was well composed and quite delicious.

They brought on Zero Ten Design (led by John Rojas) as the architect and interior design team, and they did quite a stellar job to create a chic yet comfortable space (it used to be two retail spaces, which they were able to join as one space when they knocked the dividing wall down). The first thing you’ll notice is punch of color around the bar area in cornflower blue, with a sexy high-gloss finish. The 15-seat L-shaped bar features a Calacatta marble top, and the eye-catching antique brass beer tower gleams. There’s a lounge area that features low-slung seating and brass and stone tables, with a banquette that wraps around the perimeter and little “pouf” stools you can move around as needed. Other cool design touches include the glowing circular pendant lights and walnut lattice screens. Yeah, you couldn’t find a better first date/getting to know you spot.

Hours are conveniently Mon-Thu 4pm-12am, Fri 4pm-2am, Sat 12pm-2am, Sun 12pm-12am. 678 Geary St. at Leavenworth, 415-825-0741.


Jacques Bezuidenhout and Ken Luciano behind the bar at Forgery. Photo courtesy PlumpJack Group.

The PlumpJack Group has opened a new bar in Mid-Market, called ~FORGERY~, which we mentioned a month ago. Jacques Bezuidenhout and Ken Luciano are running the show in partnership with the group. The pair previously managed beverages at Kimpton Hotels and are offering a list of fun, approachable cocktails along with beer and wine. The drinks menu has a global bent, with spirits and flavors from around the world, divided into house originals and classics (some with a twist). There are also some “tribute” cocktails, including the margarita from Tommy’s and the Green Beast from Bar 1805 in Ibiza.

The space has an industrial vibe—it used to function as glassblowing studio and a historic printing press—and they’ve kept that style, with exposed brick, concrete floors, and high ceilings with 15-foot-high windows. The bar is made of dark mahogany, and the walls are lined with leather banquettes. The space is also adjacent to a nightclub that will open in the coming months and is currently available for private parties. Hours are currently Tue-Thu 4pm-12am, Fri 4pm-2am, Sat 6pm-2am, closed Sun-Mon; expanded hours are coming in June. 1525 Mission St. at 11th St., 415-796-2325.


The bar at Comstock Saloon. Photo: © 2010 Liza Gershman.

On Wednesday May 20th ~COMSTOCK SALOON~ is celebrating five years of business with a hootenanny party. From 12pm to 2am, Comstock alums will be behind the bar and in the kitchen, preparing some of the saloon’s classic dishes and drinks. Dishes include a pretzel with pimento cheese ($6), an andouille Scotch egg ($12), lamb meatballs with ricotta salata and garlic bread ($15), crisp chicken livers ($12), and Carlo’s hot chicken wings ($14); here’s the menu. Bourbon pudding, oh you know it. As for drinks, they promise lots of boots and cold-ass beer and many of Comstock’s classic cocktails. Beginning at 4pm, there will be live music and entertainment too. Happy birthday, Comstock, and thanks for the five years of hangovers!

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