Last week I swung by the newly opened RESOLUTE, a new wine (and beer) bar and shop that opened right next door to Rye in the TenderNob. Owners Justin Beem and Daniel Brooker (previously at wine shop Vin Debut) are fired up to offer hard-to-find wines from tiny wineries, excellent wines, and new wines, with a few exclusives too (don’t expect any big names here—it’s primarily about smaller producers). You’ll be able to explore the wines on tap in glasses or flights (and bottles too), and if you find something you really love, you’ll be able to buy it! There are 4 sparkling wines by the glass (nice), with a range of 8 whites ($10-$17 BTG) and 16 reds ($10-$30). I loved the range of styles and descriptions for each wine—you’ll find plenty to explore, and you can have as much education as you’d like as well.
Same story with their selection of beers—look for some smaller producers on draft (six in all), and be sure to check out the beer tap handles, which are in varying shades of wood that correspond with the darkness of the beer (there are ciders as well). There will be some good cheeses (from local picks to Mahon from Minorca, Spain) and charcuterie (from Creminelli and Olympia Provisions) as well. The cheese plate was well composed and quite delicious.
They brought on Zero Ten Design (led by John Rojas) as the architect and interior design team, and they did quite a stellar job to create a chic yet comfortable space (it used to be two retail spaces, which they were able to join as one space when they knocked the dividing wall down). The first thing you’ll notice is punch of color around the bar area in cornflower blue, with a sexy high-gloss finish. The 15-seat L-shaped bar features a Calacatta marble top, and the eye-catching antique brass beer tower gleams. There’s a lounge area that features low-slung seating and brass and stone tables, with a banquette that wraps around the perimeter and little “pouf” stools you can move around as needed. Other cool design touches include the glowing circular pendant lights and walnut lattice screens. Yeah, you couldn’t find a better first date/getting to know you spot.
Hours are conveniently Mon-Thu 4pm-12am, Fri 4pm-2am, Sat 12pm-2am, Sun 12pm-12am. 678 Geary St. at Leavenworth, 415-825-0741.