This Week: Barrel Room Opens, Guest Bartender Tommy Tweed, M7 Party


Tommy “Tweed” Klus serving the Derby Cocktail #Rhum at SF Chefs.

Opening to the public this Friday August 12th is ~BARREL ROOM~, the new wine bar that moved into the former Hidden Vine space from Sarah Trubnick and Nikki Goddard. The ladies gave the place a thorough cleaning, but the living room style remains, with newly acquired antique furniture (and a new fireplace—perfect for our summer months). The wine list will include small production wines from around the world, and from August-September, the wines by the glass will have a strong focus on the wines of France. There will also be flights available for guests to explore varietals, like French pinot noir. The menu also includes flatbreads with different toppings that will reflect that month’s highlighted region. Hours are Sun-Thu 5pm-12am, Fri-Sat 5pm-2am. 620 Post St. at Taylor; entrance on Cosmo Pl. (no phone yet).

Perhaps you had a refreshing Combier cocktail from visiting bartender Tommy Klus, aka Tommy Tweed, at SF Chefs this weekend? He has spent time behind the stick at Portland’s Teardrop Lounge, Bluehour, and St. Jack, and just opened Kask, where he is currently bar program director. Tonight (Tuesday) he will be a guest behind the bar at Rye, and Wednesday he will be at 15 Romolo before leaving us and heading back up to Oregon.

And this Thursday August 11th is an M7 (Magnificent 7) party, Wine and Culinary Tasting Celebration: “The Revolucionarios” at Cantina. (M7 is a continually growing group of young entrepreneurs changing the Bay Area and beyond with their innovations in food, wine, technology, libations, and ideas.) There will be wines poured from Toolbox Wines, Delgadillo Cellars, a selection of Italian wines from Biondivino, some pisco cocktails by Duggan McDonnell, and beer will be provided by Heineken. To eat, there will be some appetizers from Pete Mrabe of Don Pisto’s, and cupcakes by Chelsea Mead of Kingdom Cake. All attendees receive a complimentary Square, and there will also be prizes and giveaways. Tickets: VIP (you get a sweet gift bag) is $77, or $35 pre-sale/$40 door. 8pm-11:30pm. 580 Sutter St. at Mason.