A sweet new bar will be opening in the Western Addition, hopefully by February 2008. ~MINI BAR SF~ is exactly like its name: a tiny slip of a space (about 15 feet wide, to be exact—it was a barbershop back in the day), and the name was also inspired by all the traveling two of the partners have done.
The concept is modern art and classic cocktails. The bar will have a strong art program, designed to support local and emerging artists (read: not charging horrible commissions). The art should rotate every six weeks or so, and actual openings will be held for each new cycle.
The look will be sophisticated and simple, with shades of grey, and good lighting to highlight the art. (One of the partners does visual merchandising!) I know I’ll be parked at the 13-foot bar, happy to not leave the ‘hood for a cocktail, and an easy stumble home.
The four partners in the project are Sommer Peterson (she’s lived in the ‘hood as long as I have, 13 years) and her husband John Ordona (a total SF native), along with their two good friends, Molly Bradshaw (a bartender at Kilowatt and the Fillmore and Warfield) and Nerius Mercado, a pal of John's since they were eight.
Will keep you posted with more details as the space and concept develops—it’s shaping up to be a cool addition to the neighborhood.
mini bar sf
837 Divisadero St.
Cross: McAllister St.
San Francisco, CA 94117