August 23, 2016

August 23, 2016

The Speakeasy, with Jessica Waldman and Rick Roiting as the bartender. Photo by Peter Liu.


The Speakeasy, with Freddie Larson as Vinnie. Photo by Peter Liu.


A look at the redesigned Marianne’s, with its new royal purple walls. Photo: Seema Hamid.

Did you ever have a chance to experience ~THE SPEAKEASY~, a combination performance (in the spirit of New York’s Sleep No More) and cocktail bar that was styled like a Prohibition-era nightclub? Well, the Boxcar Theatre team has moved from their Tenderloin location (the building they were in has been sold) and just finished a very successful crowdfunding campaign for their new location on Broadway in North Beach. It’s moving into the former Gold Mountain building (where China Live will be), in the theater that was in the basement (but has been empty for 12 years). The new theater is three times the size of the previous Speakeasy location, with a two-story circular cabaret, secret passageways, disguised entrances, and more. So hush-hush!

Pssst, tickets are on sale now through October 30th: previews will run Friday and Saturday nights and select Thursdays. Beginning in October, performances will take place Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30pm and alternate Sundays at 5pm. Tickets are $85-$130. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit here. 644 Broadway at Stockton.

Some changes at the (formerly private) club ~MARIANNE’S~ that is tucked behind The Cavalier: the Big Night Restaurant Group crew decided to open it up to the public and just finished a redesign (complete with royal purple walls and built-in leather and zebra banquettes), with new vintage glassware to go with the new cocktail menu too. Guests can order off Jennifer Puccio’s new small plates menu until 9:30pm, which includes crispy stuffed squash blossoms, oysters, and more.

Both walk-ins and reservations are accepted, and previous members still get to enjoy preferential reservations (plus some fun members-only events too). Open Tue-Wed 5:30pm-12am and Thu-Sat 5:30pm-1:30am. Reservations can be made for parties of 2-8 guests. 360 Jessie St. at 5th St.

Rumrunners will want to, er, run to the second annual California Rum Festival this Friday August 26th and Saturday the 27th at SOMArts Cultural Center. You’ll find events, seminars, and tasting rooms featuring “ruminaries” from around the world. 934 Brannan St. at 8th St.