Hawthorn’s lounge area and bar. Photo by Mike DiMonaco of Mad Imaging.
On Tuesday July 1st, the subterranean ~HAWTHORN~ is opening downtown in the former Lot 46. It’s a cocktail lounge and club—with a very souped-up sound system—from partners Chadwick Baumbach (Kimpton Group, La Costanera) and Gabriel McWilliams, with Jenny Kiely (Mars Bar) running the front of the house and Nate Mezmer (EyeHeartSF) doing the talent booking. They aim to offer a bar and lounge experience in the earlier evening, followed by dancing and music later at night.
Ethan Terry, an alum of Alembic and 15 Romolo, created the bar menu, with twists on the standard nightclub drinks, like a high-end take on the Midori sour called the “Mucho Melon Sour” with vodka, fresh cantaloupe, and housemade jalapeño juice, lemon, Chareau Aloe liqueur, and egg white. As for that sound system, it’s a custom-built Void Tri Motion from the U.K. (apparently the first in North America). Hours will be Tue-Wed 5pm-12am, Thu-Fri 4pm-2am, Sat 7pm-2am. 46 Geary St. at Kearny, 415-693-9255.