With so many high-concept bars opening these days, it makes me happy to see a classic, Deco-inspired bar that has the same kind of feels as Dalva open up, and it has a cheeky name to boot. Meet THE RUMPUS ROOM, newly open in SoMa in the former Matador/Showdown (and as I fondly but blurrily remember, The Arrow Bar), and I’m sure some old-timers could tell us many more names since the location has continuously operated as a bar since 1935. It has some Deco decor, and there’s even a Photo-matica photo booth.
Hoodline reports the owner is longtime bartender Roxzanna De Marco (Amnesia, Southern Pacific Brewing), and she obviously knows what the people want: $5 well drinks (and she loves tequila, so it’s a good one), with most draft beers at $6 and a draft Budweiser at $3. There’s a cocktail menu, a Moscow Mule on tap, and happy hour runs from 12pm-5pm, when most drinks are $1 cheaper. Look for some DJ nights too. Open 12pm-2am. 10 6th St. at Market, 415-780-5651.
It’s about that time, when LORD GEORGE launches their next guest Mavericks menu—this time it’s Brian Means (previously bar director for Michael Mina and currently at PCH), who has designed a spring break-themed cocktail menu (complete with handwritten postcards!) filled with tropical flavors. Peep the menu here, it runs until July 1st (and the bar donates 50 cents of every Mavericks cocktail sold to the guest bartender’s charity of choice). 555 2nd St. at Brannan, 415-660-7633.
The Bay Area Anti-Temperance Society and the California Cocktail Club—plus The Speakeasy—are hosting an event on Thursday March 22nd to celebrate the 85th anniversary of the end of Prohibition, and you’ll be on the U.S.S. Potomac in Oakland! Of course, there will be cocktails, plus music and tours. More details and tickets here.