After the SF Cocktail Week Legends Awards wrapped up on Saturday night, I had a chance to hit the after party in HARRY DENTON’S STARLIGHT ROOM and check out the new look by Dawson Design Associates. It’s still very glitzy and glam, with lots of red and gold and pattern and punchy color (drama, baby!). There are some tucked-away booths, plenty of sparkly new light fixtures, and a new dance floor.
Former Zero Zero barman Joel Teitelbaum (working with Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant Group’s Master Mixologist Jacques Bezuidenhout) is behind the new bar program that spans from the 1600s to some current concoctions, and of course Starlight legacy cocktails like the Cable Car by Tony Abou-Ganim, Marco Dionyos’ Chartreuse Swizzle, and Bezuidenhout’s La Perla will also be available. Executive chef Jen Biesty of Scala’s Bistro downstairs has put together a new bar menu (think tuna ceviche cones, and mac and cheese balls). And the view remains as smashing as ever. Open Tue 6pm-12am, Wed-Sat 6pm-1:30am, Sun for Sunday’s a Drag brunch at 11am for a noon show and at 1:30pm for a 2pm show; and again from 6pm-12am. Sir Francis Drake Hotel, 21st floor, 450 Powell St. at Sutter, 415-395-8595.