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Your Next Swanky Spot for a Meeting: Nob Hill Club

In case you’re looking for a more intimate spot for a tête-à-tête instead of a café, you may want to check out the new Nob Hill Club at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco. The ground-floor space was previously the Club Lounge for the hotel, and is now a restaurant, bar, grab-and-go spot, and club lounge. There’s a breakfast buffet ($24–$28) and an à la carte all-day dining menu, plus coffee service, and wine and cocktails too. It’s a handsome space, with wood floors, Italian chandeliers, and white oak, rosewood, and mahogany chairs and couches. You’ll find banquette seating in the dining room, an intimate bar, and a semi-private dining area that can seat up to 14. Hours: Tue–Sun breakfast 6:30am–11am, all-day dining 11am–9pm. Sun–Mon breakfast 6:30am, lunch 11am–2:30pm. Bar 2pm–9pm.

One Nob Hill at Mason, 415-392-3434.

Three Derby Day Parties on Saturday May 3rd

In case you’d like to start planning where you’ll be drinking mint juleps while donning a big hat and seersucker on Saturday May 3rd for the greatest two minutes in sports, aka the 140th Kentucky Derby, here are some options for you.

From 12pm–4pm, Comstock Saloon will serve made-to-order Bulleit Bourbon mint juleps, Dickel Rye Derby cocktails, and a Dickel White “Deep” Southside cocktail ($6 each). Executive chef Ronnie New will offer a $20 three-course prix-fixe menu, which will include a Hot Brown, an open-faced turkey and bacon sandwich made famous in Louisville in the 1920s, along with Comstock’s famous bourbon pudding.

Comstock’s Kentucky Derby party is a charity event benefitting the Make-A-Wish Foundation—for every $10 donated at the door, guests will receive one betting card on which to wager first-, second-, and third-place winning horses. There will also be a best hat competition for the ladies and a “dandiest fellow” for best dressed gentleman. Prizes include spa gift certificates, Bulleit Bourbon gift baskets, winery tours and tastings, as well as a VIP experience at Golden Gate Fields. Space is limited so early arrival is strongly suggested.

155 Columbus Ave. at Pacific, 415-617-0071.

Hog & Rocks will be open starting at 11:30am, offering a raw oyster bar, hand-carved ham station, a po’boy station (take your pick of fried oyster, roast pork, or veggie), and more, plus mint juleps (of course), old-fashioneds, and other things to drink. $30, available via Sosh (includes entrance, one mint julep, and $20 of Hogs & Rocks poker chips, redeemable against food, beverages, and experiences). Additional poker chips available for purchase. There will be an opportunity to bet on all 11 races (the Kentucky Derby is the 11th race of the day), and there will also be a Derby Day outfit contest and an oyster shuck and suck contest.

3431 19th St. at Mission, 415-550-8627.

The Starlight Room will be hosting its annual Derby Day party, with bottomless Piper mimosas, a Kentucky Derby grand buffet (1:30pm–3:30pm), and music from Belle Monroe & Her Brewglass Boys. (Plus that great view, of course.) Tickets are $55 and include a complimentary mint julep as well. There will be a contest and prizes for best dressed couple and best hat. 1pm–4:30pm.

Sir Francis Drake Hotel, 21st floor, 450 Powell St. at Sutter, 415-395-8595.

Piggy Openings: Porcellino and Bacon Bacon

A couple of places whose names celebrate the most magical of animals, the pig, have just opened around town. First up, Porcellino is now open in the former Incanto, offering a more informal experience for the Noe Valley neighborhood. Owners Mark Pastore and Chris Cosentino have created a fast-casual spot (you order at the counter), with a simplified all-day menu of small plates ($4-$11), sandwiches ($7-$11), three pasta dishes (all $14), and a few larger plates (tuna conserva, porchetta, and rapini and sausage, all $15-$16). You can also treat the place like a wine bar, since there are plenty of wines by the glass and small plates to go with them (and if there’s a wine you like, you can buy a bottle to bring home with you). There’s also the entire Boccalone line of salumi and sausages available to go. Open Mon and Wed–Sat 11am–9pm, Sun 11am–6pm, closed Tue.

1550 Church St. at Duncan, 415-641-4500.

After the neighborhood NIMBY ruckus (that even landed a mention on SNL) about the wonderful bacony smells coming from Bacon Bacon’s shop in Cole Valley shut it down, owner Jim Angelus has reopened the location, with a top-notch “odor abatement system” (I’d call that bacon odor perfume, but that’s me). It has more of a café vibe now, with 13 seats inside and a to-go counter.

On the menu: their popular breakfast sandwich (fried egg, bacon, cheddar, and bacon jam), bacon cheddar scones, a bacon cheeseburger, a bacon fried chicken sandwich with spicy slaw, The LGBT (with bacon, Little Gem lettuce, tomato, and goat cheese spread on French roll), and more. Oh yeah, and chocolate-covered bacon strips for dessert. You’ll also find espresso drinks (they use Roast Co.), Mexican hot chocolate, and more. Open Mon–Fri 7am–3pm, Sat–Sun 8am–3pm.

205 A Frederick St. at Ashbury, 415-218-4347.

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