October 19, 2021

October 19, 2021
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The Bidi Bidi Bum Bum at La Paloma. Photo: Emilio Salehi.

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The platform room at Whitechapel. Photo © tablehopper.com.

Last Friday October 15th, ~LA PALOMA~ just opened, the new bar at the La Cocina Municipal Marketplace. Claire Sprouse (Hunky Dory, Buddy) is behind the bar program, with a cocktail menu that heavily showcases women-owned and -made beverage brands like Yola Mezcal, Future Gin, Pueblo Viejo, and Xila.

The cocktails are inspired by and designed to pair with food from the women-owned businesses at The Marketplace, and will offer bar bites and snacks from the vendors after they close at 2:30pm, with items like Kayma’s cocas (Algerian hand pies), Teranga’s butternut squash flatbread and fataya (Senegalese beef empanada), and Estrellita’s Snacks’ housemade Salvadoran tamales. There will also be some rotating pop-ups Thu-Fri 4pm-8pm—don’t miss this Friday October 22nd, when Fernay McPherson of Minnie Bell’s Soul Movement will be serving up her famous fried chicken, mac and cheese, and more. Count. Me. In.

La Paloma will serve cocktails, local beer, and wine Mon-Wed 11am-5pm and Thu- Fri 11am-8pm, with happy hour from 4pm-6pm, which includes $5 draught beers/wine and $7 cocktails/spirits. 101 Hyde St. at Golden Gate.

I was happy to see this post on Instagram last night announcing the reopening of ~WHITECHAPEL~ tonight (October 19th)! The gin palace has an all-new food menu from their new executive chef Alejandro Reccio, and a new drink menu from beverage director Alex Smith. You’ll be able to order via QR codes on each table and pay as you go. There’s also a new pool table! Hours are Tue-Thu 5pm-10pm, and until midnight Fri-Sat. 600 Polk St. at Turk.

Just an FYI: ~COMSTOCK SALOON~ had to push their grand opening to Tuesday October 26th. Alas, staffing woes are to blame, a citywide issue. Almost there!