Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Announces Isaac Shumway as Bar Director


Isaac Shumway. Photo by Noelle Chun & Josh Urich/The Joy of Drinking, courtesy of Alamo Drafthouse.

All the way back in 2012, we told you about the ~ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE CINEMA~ project moving into the New Mission Theater space on Mission Street. The project has been chugging along since then, and plans are to open in the fall of this year.

Now, they’ve announced some exciting news for the bar that will be inside the theater space. The bar will be called ~BEAR VS BULL~, and owner Tim League has hired Isaac Shumway as the bar director. Shumway graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park and has worked in San Francisco bars like Alembic, Bourbon & Branch, and Heaven’s Dog. His most recent position was as the bar director at Tosca Cafe, where he was on the opening team.

Shumway will be creating an extensive list of drinks for the bar, but his focus will be on hospitality. Shumway says, “This bar is not about what we serve. I want this bar to be about the great feeling and experience you get while hanging out with us.” As such, there will be a focus on classic cocktails and helping customers find the drink they will most enjoy. “Bear vs. Bull will have some of the best bartenders in San Francisco on staff to serve guests a favorite drink or guide them in trying something new from our extensive lineup,” Shumway says.

In addition to cocktails, there will be 28 local beers on tap, as well as a changing selection of wines from California. There are also plans for cold nitro De La Paz coffee on tap, blended drinks, and even some spiked milk shakes. All of that should go nicely with the five screens for films that League is planning for the space. Look for an opening in the fall of 2015. 2550 Mission St. at 22nd St.