Evil Eye grand opens tonight!

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A new bar on Mission Street! Evil Eye! In the former Savanna Jazz spot (which was most recently briefly Coco Frio). And it’s pretty fun! There’s pinball in the front, pool in the back, a wide array of comfy old furniture, a very pleasant staff, super tasty bar food, cocktails in cool glasses (as you can see), and the vibe is pretty chill (as you can see).

Peruse the cocktail menu here and the food menu here. (Me and my pals particularly enjoyed the wings.)

Also worth noting perhaps, Capp Street Crap observed that the place is a tiny bit reminiscent of the old Place Pigalle (RIP).

Cool old the Attic shirt

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RIP

[via punkgirls]

Life is short. Drink early.

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Special shout out to Broke Ass Stuart for featuring Pops Bar as a place to go “when you need a drink and it’s incredibly, ridiculously early.” We’ve got you covered, opening every day at 6am. We also nudge you to stay up late with us this week, especially on Thursday for Cinco De Mayo!

Check out this week’s entertainment line up at Pops Bar:

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Happiness is…

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THIRTEEN HOUR HAPPY HOURS! Bacon Bloody Mary’s, Irish Coffee, Mexican Coffee, Fresh OJ Mimosa…Pops Bar gets your morning going every day at 6am and keeps happy hour going until 7pm! So Rise N Shine, then kick back and unwind, Pops is your official starting point in the Mission.

Check out this week’s full music line up at Pop’s Bar:

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Argus website still exists???

http://www.arguslounge.com/

(Thanks, Josh!)

Why does Gestalt appear to have been gutted?

Ashleyanne wants to know:

UPDATE: Here’s the answer:

Old bars close, new bars open

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Capp Street Crap this afternoon posted this photo of new signage going up at the bar that used to be the Lexington Club.

Read on for more info — if you care.

Happy Leap Day, and Happy 4th Birthday to Rock Bar!

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[via Rock Bar on Twitter]

Johnny Motherfuckin’ Davis talks about the SF bar scene

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Broke-Ass Stuart last week published an in-depth interview with Bender’s co-owner and longtime SF bartender Johnny Davis. Here’s a peek:

BAS: Are you worried about dive bars disappearing in San Francisco?
JD: Well, it does suck that a lot of them have gone by the wayside. But it’s just the nature of change, the nature of progress, and there’s really nothing to be done there. Someone buys something, they want to make it their own, make it a little bit nicer. A lot of the time, the city forces them to make it nicer through ADA compliances and things like that. Yes, the classic dive bar is going to be a thing of the past at some point, but I don’t know. Some of us still enjoy that, some of us are still trying to run those.

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BAS: What do you miss about bartending back in the ‘90s compared to now?
JD: It was a little more lawless, you know? There wasn’t— [laughs] you could scream at someone without hurting their feelings, you know? I don’t know. The town was a little looser. There were more wild things going on then, which meant the bars were a little wilder, the whole scene was a little wilder. There were better bands and more bands, really. It was more of a blue collar town back in the ‘90s, which meant folks could get by on a serious budget. You could find a place to live for 300 bucks a month. You could eat burritos every day of the week for you know, $4 a burrito back in the ‘90s. It was an easier town where you could get by without killing yourself working.

Read on for the whole thing.

Oh and also: the time Johnny Davis saved my life.

A bartender’s guide to bar etiquette

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We all know the bar is a great place to make bad decisions. However you always stand out when you keep it classy with good bar etiquette. Our bartenders give you their best advice to keep in mind for your night out on the town:

  1. We love prepared, polite, enthusiastic drinkers. Behave with gusto – your night will thank you for it.
  2. Before getting the bartender’s attention, know your group’s order and order all at once.
  3. Be patient. Whistling, snapping and yelling are a good way to get a dog’s attention, not a bartender’s attention.
  4. If your bartender is busy, stand in their drink well for speedier service, then move away after getting your drink.
  5. Have your money ready when you order.
  6. Don’t underestimate the power of “please” and “thank you”
  7. Never ask for a strong drink, just spring for a double.
  8. Live in the present – by tipping with every order. Never say “Get ya next time” Like you, bartenders can’t pay rent with compliments.
  9. A crowded bar is a no parking zone, move away after getting your drink.
  10. Keep your grubby paws someone else’s drink (and anyone or anything that doesn’t belong to you for that matter.
  11. No one likes a jerk. Be nice or leave.
  12. Become a regular. (We LOVE our regulars).
  13. No freebies on your Birthday, that’s what your friends are there for, to buy you drinks!
  14. The fruit try is not an all-you-can-eat buffet.
  15. Bar napkins, stir-stix, beer labels, etc are there for a purpose. That purpose is not for you to tear them up and litter the bar.
  16. The bartender only wants your iPod or iPhone if it is a gift.
  17. Think of others when using the restroom. Be quick (and clean).
  18. Leave when you’re drunk. And leave safely with a cab or designated driver.
  19. Do not smuggle in booze. The bar’s business is selling alcohol. Please don’t undermine this beautiful mission. You wouldn’t bring dinner to a restaurant.
  20. PUT DOWN YOUR CELL PHONE and engage. Maybe even buy a new friend a round?
  21. Be 21 or over.

Now that you know how to get around like a pro, check out this week’s entertainment line up at Pops Bar:

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