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Thanks to one of my tweeps for passing this along. Mike “The Situation” of the infamous Jersey Shore will be signing bottles of Devotion Vodka this Saturday from 5:30pm – 7:30pm at the Jug Shop in Russian Hill. It’s not April Fools’ Day so I think The Jug Shop (1590 Pacific Avenue at Polk) must be trying to spook the sh*t out of us. I might also add that Devotion Vodka’s director of West Coast sales, Johnny “Love” Metheny, lived just over the hill on Franklin Street near Lombard and has been spotted handing out Devotion wristbands to recent grads at Silver Clouds on Saturday nights. Now that’s devotion.
Speaking of New Jersey, I interviewed Jonathan Adler this week and the best quote to come out of it was: “[New Jersey] is a great place to be from because it gave me somewhere to want to crawl my way out of.” I myself am actually from New Jersey, so I am allowed to laugh at this . . . you West Coast people will get a whipping if you do.
CrawlSF’s 4th Annual Polk Village Pub Crawl will kick off at 4 p.m. this Saturday, July 31 at McTeague’s. The lineup of watering holes is situated on the lower Polk, including Hemlock, Vertigo, SNOB, Blur, Route 101, and R Bar. The neighborhood is bound to be sloppy on Saturday, so if you want to steer clear of the boozehounds, give Hyde’s Street’s more prim and proper wine bars (Bacchus, Café Meuse, etc.) a try for a change this weekend.
A group called Red Stick Enterprises applied for a new liquor license for the space at 1516 Broadway, formerly Cossu, which closed last July. No specifics beyond that, but I’m sure the Polk folk will be happy to have another watering hole in the ‘hood. It’ll be interesting to see whether the owners keep the extravagant Moroccan theme or try to tone it down a bit.
To celebrate its fifth anniversary, Russian Hill’s New American eatery Luella (1896 Hyde at Green) is offering wine by the glass for only $5 Sunday through Thursday throughout the month of March. Seeing as the restau’s most wallet-friendly glass of wine goes for $8, this is definitely a good deal. Better yet, you can scoop up this deal whether you’re in the dining room or in the bar — forget eating, let’s booze! Will I see you there mañana?
Aww, man! I feel like all of my favorite watering holes are evaporating into thin air lately. The latest is Nob Hill Tavern (1390 California at Hyde), which according to Eater SF is being taken over (overtaken!) by the owners of R Bar. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a fan of R Bar, and the bartenders there are especially nice. So I’m sure Pour (the new name of the place) will be well-liked. But, Nob Hill Tavern, despite its somewhat sketchy clientele, was a favorite for a few reasons.
The only reason I ever happened upon it to begin with is because I searched Yelp for the keyword “darts” — I love darts! There are few places to play darts that have more than one board and enough room to throw without invading someone’s personal space; NHT has five or six I think. Subsidiarily, I invented a magical game there: yoga darts! Not quite sober, of course. And to throw something sentimental central in there, it was the place where I learned that I had become an aunt. As you may know, being an aunt offers all the perks of parenting, without any of the responsibility; love it!
I hope the R Bar team leaves at least one dart board for me, preferably with a plaque engraved with the words “Polk Sheet.” Thanksss!
Posted in Bars, Events, tagged Bars, Black Horse London Pub, Black Magic Voodoo Lounge, Bullitt, Greens Sports Bar, New Orleans, Shanghai Kelly's, Sports, Superbowl, Superbowl Sunday, The Buccaneer, The Saints on January 27, 2010 | 7 Comments »
First of all, let me say, “Who ‘dat!!!” Okay. Now that that is said and done, I’ll move on to my list of places to hang out in the area on the upcoming Superbowl Sunday. This list will inevitably be updated, and please feel free to contribute with events and specials in the comments.
- If you’re a Saints fan, the best bar near Russian Hill to be in on February 7 is none other than Black Magic Voodoo Lounge (1400 Lombard at Van Ness). It has TVs like every other divey sports bar, but better yet, it’s got New Orleans locals and enthusiasts . . . and lots of liquor (including NOLA’s finest Abita Beer), so it’s bound to be lively. Please wear black and gold : )
- Shanghai Kelly’s (2064 Polk at Broadway) will also be hosting their annual Superbowl BBQ party. The deal is open bar with barbecued grub. Ladies, it’ll cost you $40, and gents it’ll cost you $60 (if you’re somewhere in between, you should probably go to Divas). Seating is limited, though, so you should stop by the bar or call in to reserve your seat soon. (more…)
Casablanca Café (1609 Polk at Sacramento) has newspapered its windows. You bohemians will have to find a new place to smoke your smelly hookah and drink your discount beer. Interestingly enough (or not), the other Moroccan spots in the ‘hood, Tajine and Cossu, have also recently shuttered their doors — anyone want to cry foul?