Birthdays and Anniversaries: 15 Romolo is 15, Balboa Cafe Celebrates 100 Years


The bar at 15 Romolo. Photo from Facebook.


The hopping Balboa Cafe. Photo by Paul Dyer courtesy Balboa Cafe.

North Beach bar and late-night dining savior ~15 ROMOLO~ is celebrating its 15th anniversary this month. Not only have they made a sweet video about the history, but they’ve also got some rockin’ parties lined up to celebrate from June 21st-23rd.

On Friday June 21st, join them to “Party Like It’s 1998” with guest bartenders and 1998-inspired cocktails and music. On Saturday June 22nd, catch the Picon Punch Revival from 4:30pm-8:30pm, complete with Basque appetizers and Picon Punch for $7. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door and include one cocktail and passed appetizers. All day on Sunday June 23rd, catch lots of former bartenders and a list of their favorite cocktails, and raise a glass to 15 more fabulous years. And last but certainly not least, you can join the party with brunch on either Saturday June 22nd or Sunday June 23rd. The Dapper Diner, who holds the hard-earned title of Foursquare Mayor at 15 Romolo, will be collaborating with the chef to create a special brunch menu (psssst, it includes “fatted duck liver” available by charitable contribution to Share Our Strength). Reservations can be made by emailing the restaurant. 15 Romolo Pl. at Broadway, 415-398-1359.

The ~BALBOA CAFE~ is celebrating 100 years in operation this year, despite the fact that the sign over the doors says “Established 1914” (apparently the original owner was superstitious about the number 13). To commemorate the century of business, they’ll be throwing a party on Friday June 21st from 4pm-7pm. They’ll be slinging 100-cent Anchor Steam, festive cocktails in honor of their namesake (Balboa the explorer), and serving cake and bites. Gavin Newsom and Gordon Getty are also rumored to be planning to drop in. 3199 Fillmore St. at Greenwich, 415-921-3944.