August 9, 2016

August 9, 2016
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The bar area at the new Scopo Divino. Photo courtesy of Scopo Divino.

There’s a new wine bar that opened in Lower Pacific Heights called ~SCOPO DIVINO~ (in the former Food Inc. space). The international wine list has more than 1,000 bottles, with a focus on Burgundy, and a range of selections from the approachable to the obscure. They are using the Coravin system to pour tastes; there are also wine flights and beers too. First-time owner Tim Hayman brought on Erik Reese (Mayes and Catch) to consult, and there’s a rather extensive and sophisticated food menu, with daily oysters, bruschette, small plates, and of course cheese and charcuterie. The chef is Mark Cina (formerly Monsieur Benjamin and Benu).

It has a cozy residential style, with an alder wood bar, tapestried lounge chairs and sofas, and artichoke print wallpaper by William Morris & Co. Regulars and neighbors will want to check out their Club Divino membership program: for $15 each month, members get 20 percent off all wines ordered on-site and 24 percent off all takeaway. One thing to note, since you’ll be drinking and may not notice: “10 percent will be added to all checks for San Francisco City ordinances and to provide a living wage to all employees.” Open Wed-Sun 3pm-late (kitchen is open until 10pm). 2800 California St. at Divisadero, 415-928-3728.

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A sampling of dishes at Buffalo Theory. Yelp photo by Cherylynn N.

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The bar (and screens!) at BuzzWorks. Photo courtesy of BuzzWorks.

Beer lovers continue to find plenty of places to indulge in this city, starting with the newly opened ~BUFFALO THEORY~ on Polk Street. Chef Tim Luym (Poleng Lounge, Attic) partnered with Ted Kim (Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant in Mountain View) on this neighborhood restaurant with quality craft beers (30 on tap)—the staff is highly trained on the beers, so geek out to your heart’s content. Luym put together a menu of affordable and bold bar bites that take inspiration from drinking food from around the world, like Filipino adobo chicken wings and a Japanese chicken katsu sandwich. There are 116 seats, with a bar, communal tables, and a private room. Open Sun-Wed 4pm-11pm and Thu-Sat 4pm-12am. 1735 Polk St. at Washington, 415- 829-8226.

A while back we mentioned the sports bar ~BUZZWORKS~ that was opening in SoMa, and it’s now open. The deets: 30 screens, 40 beers on tap, more than 100 bottles and cans of beer and cider, wine, snacks, pinball, foosball, and video arcades too. You can come by and watch the Olympics, MLB, and the NFL (soon). Open Sun 12pm-12am, Mon-Tue 1pm-10pm, Wed-Sat 1pm-12am. 365 11th St. at Harrison, 415-558-1533.

I was driving down 14th Street last week and noticed a sign for ~STANDARD DEVIANT BREWING~, which Hoodline shares is a new project from friends Mark DeVito, Paul Duatschek, and Dave Azzam. You can come by the brewery and try their kolsch, extra pale ale, porter, and Belgian blonde on tap (more coming soon), with food from Sneaky’s BBQ and other rotating trucks. The former auto body shop will continue to get tricked out, but for now, there is a redwood bar, picnic tables, and pinball machines. Hours are Fri 4pm-11pm, Sat 12pm-11pm, and Sun 12pm-9pm. Follow ‘em on Facebook for updates. 280 14th St. at Mission, 415-509-4230.