August 29, 2017

August 29, 2017
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The former Jack’s Club. Photo via Google Street View.

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A look at the current renovation into Junior. Photo via @juniorbarsf.

The divey ~JACK’S CLUB~ on 24th Street has been dark since 2013, and now some SF bar folks are going to be opening ~JUNIOR~ in the space. The team is Matty Conway, Anthony Healy-London, and Josh McAdam (Brass Tacks) joining up with David Ruiz (most recently the bar manager at Padrecito).

They are designing it to be a neighborhood spot, with something for everyone at all price points—but it will be cocktail driven. Ruiz is going to be curating a broad and heavy selection of spirits—it’s a spacious bar, and there is going to be a substantial back bar.

Sayre Ziskin, who designed Brass Tacks and Anina, is going to do the design here as well—it’s shaping up to be a beaut (they are installing large 12-foot windows, and it’s a sunny corner, nice). They also hope to be able to keep the vintage Jack’s signs outside. You can keep track of the progress at @juniorbarsf.

And for those who remember some Cajun food at Jack’s, there will be no food here—you’ll just need to drink your dinner. Heh. I’ll keep you updated, but it looks like late October/early November for the opening. 2545 24th St. at Utah.

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The hand paella course at Este Oeste. Photo: Wes Rowe Photography.

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The room at Over Proof’s Este Oeste. Photo: Wes Rowe Photography.

It’s time for ~ABV~’s third concept to launch in Over Proof, their rotating mezzanine bar and experience. This time we’re going to Spain for Este Oeste (“East West”). The name refers to the prevailing winds of southern Spain that affect the aging of sherry wines—which will be a big feature on the menu, as well as gin. Chef Collin Hilton has prepared a five-course menu to pair with the cocktails, with dishes like house-cured sardines and ham, plus a blistered pepper and melon gazpacho. The menu and the sunny space will give us that last taste of summer and a little beso from Europe for those of us who couldn’t make it over there for a Mediterranean jaunt. Two seatings Thu-Sat 6:30pm and 9pm; $75 plus tax and 20 percent gratuity. Reservations. It runs until October 28th. 3174 16th St. at Guerrero.

On Sunday September 3rd, ~THE DOUGLAS ROOM~ is kicking off their Indian Summer Series, with Aperol spritzes, rosé, brunch bites, and more on the rooftop of the Tilden Hotel. 12pm-5pm. Tickets are $50.

A couple of other things to note: on Wednesday September 13th, ~LOCANDA~ will be hosting Amara Amaro’s Giuseppe Librizzi for a special aperitivo from 5:30pm-7pm, with Amara-inspired snacks, Amara cocktails, and the producer himself! 

And psssst, take a look at this post on Alcademics about the latest cocktail menu at downtown’s ~PCH~, which features a really fun secret menu.

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InnerFog is now Hamilton Fog, where almost everything is now $10 and under. Photo via Facebook.

An update for you on the Inner Sunset’s ~INNERFOG~ wine bar, which has rebranded and reconcepted itself as ~HAMILTON FOG~. Owner John Nettesheim has priced everything on the menu at one Hamilton ($10 bill) per item or less (with the exception of wine bottles, of course).

Chefs Rose Bobrick and Zack Leal are using locally sourced and organic ingredients when possible for their home-style and seasonal cooking. They are also now open for lunch, where you’ll find a menu of sandwiches (on housemade bread) and salads, and California tapas for dinner. There’s the Hamilton Fog (a hot-pressed, slow-cooked pork sandwich with manchego cheese, chimichurri, and spicy mustard aioli), and for dinner, zanahoria con queso (rainbow carrots, chipotle aioli, chimichurri, cotija cheese). All of these food items, plus wines by the glass and large beers, are $10 each…tax included. 

They will also be doing a wine class on the first Saturday of every month from 12pm-2pm, starting October 7th with sommelier Cosmin. Open Mon-Sat 11am-10pm and Sun 11am-9pm. 545 Irving St. at 7th Ave., 415-682-4116.