Booze News: Lightning Tavern Opens; New Wine Bars and Tasting Rooms
By: Marcia Gagliardi "The Tablehopper"
The tasting room at Dogpatch WineWorks. Photo from Facebook.
Now open in Cow Hollow is Lightning Tavern, the latest project from the Tonic/Bullitt/Mayhem/Rebel crew—they opened in the former Unwind/4 Corners space. The interior by Michael Brennan reportedly looks like “Frankenstein’s lab, with funky light fixtures,” according to partner Duncan Ley. Eater mentions an opening menu of “tater tots, fries, burgers, cocktails, and beers. Once everything rolls out, Ley says they’ll do East Coast-style wings.” Food will be served until 1:30am, and there are cocktails by the pitcher, so watch out. Opening hours for now are Mon–Thu at 3pm or 4pm, Fri at 11am, and Sat–Sun at 10am.
1875 Union St. at Laguna.
Over in North Beach, owner Dario Zucconi (of Tommaso’s) has sold his wine bar, The Vin Club, to new owners (Ramsey Hanna, Carlos Alejo, and Juan Rodriguez), who are going to turn it into Antologia. The wine bar will be focused on Latin American wines, and some California wines will also be poured. The space is being renovated right now, with a soft opening slated for Saturday July 7th and a grand opening on Friday the 13th (dun dun DUN!). Hours will be Mon–Fri 4pm–1am, Sat–Sun 11am–1pm.
515 Broadway at Kearny.
Looking to taste some local wines without heading out of town? Dogpatch WineWorks has opened an urban tasting room in a 1940s warehouse in its namesake hood. The tasting room features two- and five-ounce pours from a variety of boutique wineries including Qualia Wines and Carlotta Cellars. Sippers can also purchase full-size glasses and bottles from a rotating list of offerings. Groups of six or more can make reservations for personalized flights as well. For those interested in a more long-term wine project, Dogpatch WineWorks also offers a custom bottling program and some pretty fun programming, including a “Crush Camp Intensive.” Open Thu–Fri 4pm–8pm, Sat 12pm–7pm, Sun 12pm–5pm.
2455 3rd St. at 22nd St., 415-525-4440.
Marcia Gagliardi writes a popular insider weekly e-column about the SF dining scene, “the tablehopper.” Subscribe for free at www.tablehopper.com.
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