House Rules Opens on Polk Street, Serving Cocktails and Vittles Too


House Rules. Photo by Hardy Wilson, courtesy House Rules.


The burger. Photo by Hardy Wilson, courtesy House Rules.

Opening tonight on Polk Street (previously Uno Dos Tacos) is ~HOUSE RULES~, a Russian Hill bar and restaurant from Rick Howard and Noelle Calixto (Campus in the Marina and Eddie Rickenbacker’s in the FiDi). Chef Scott Youkilis (Hog & Rocks) is behind the menu, which includes bar bites, plus dinner and weekend brunch dishes. You’ll find bar snacks like dirty martini deviled eggs, lobster salad sliders, and potato skins con queso, plus there are burgers, sandwiches (like grilled fish), and salads.

As for the cocktails, the new bar consulting company from Anderson Pugash (owner of Palm House and Bergerac) and Anthony Parks (former beverage director of Palm House and Bergerac), Fifty/Fifty, put together a list of 10 house cocktails, including the Frenemy (reposado tequila, Lichi-Li, Dolin blanc, habanero grapefruit bitters). There are also brunch cocktails as well.

Michael Brennan designed the 49-seat space, which has 25 seats at the bar and 12 outside. The look is contemporary meets classic, with lots of wood, leather, and brick, rich colors, and a fireplace. And, of course, there’s some Brennan funkiness with a classroom vignette above the door. Open Tue-Fri from 5pm-2am and Sat-Sun 11am-2am. 2227 Polk St. at Vallejo, 415-722-9109.