The exterior of the beloved Esta Noche. Yelp photo by James Z.
After the sad closure of Esta Noche, the Mission bar is now being transformed by the same team behind Wish in SoMa. The new project, called ~BOND~, will be opening in the next three weeks, after renovations are completed. About that name: it’s got nothing to do with 007, but is instead based on “the inner bond that draws one person to another,” a quote from Rumi. The ties that bind us? Yeah, we’re not going in there without a safe word.
As for the renovations, apparently the building used to house a three-story hotel, but the top two floors were destroyed in a fire in the 1970s. Rather than rebuild those levels, the owner turned the space into a one-story building, with a stairwell dead-ending onto the roof. This old architecture has been emphasized and exposed, and the hotel reception area is now restored, along with a lit arch and some windows that have been opened back up. Look for occasional DJ nights and mostly custom-recorded music on the sound system that’s designed by Barry Katz of JK Sound. Hours will likely be daily 4pm-2am. 3079 16th St. at Valencia.