Booze News: Kimo's Becomes Playland Bar, Spruce's New Sommelier


The new sign at the former Kimo’s. Photo by Rebecca Kinney. ©

After Kimo’s, the two-level dive bar and live music spot on Polk Street, closed on New Year’s Eve, it looks like the new incarnation will be ~PLAYLAND BAR~. The owners haven’t returned our calls, so that’s all we’ve got right now: a sign. And a veiled reference to San Francisco’s Playland at the Beach. In the meantime, you can read some of Kimo’s back story in this piece by the SF Weekly from last year. 1351 Polk St. at Pine.

And the next time you swing by ~SPRUCE~, be sure to congratulate their new lead sommelier Chris Gaither on his recent accomplishment: he passed the Court of Master Sommelier’s Level III: Advanced Examination. Considering fewer than 400 people in the world have passed the exam, it’s very cheers-worthy.