You probably think Halloween is about costumes and scary stuff, but really it's about reading up on the seven best new bar and restaurant openings/re-openings in SF from October. So get to it, you correctly-celebrating-Halloween person, you.
Designed to be a small neighborhood restaurant, Huxley is worth traveling to even if you don't live in or near the TL. Mostly because Saison's former owner and Bar Agricole's former sous chef are behind it, creating a simple, rustic menu they describe as "new American bistro-style". There are only 25 seats (10 of which are at the bar), so put your name in (no reservations) and then grab a drink at Edinburgh Castle or Whiskey Thieves across the street (a real drink, since Huxley only serves wine and beer). Once seated, go for the beef short rib pot pie because life is too short not to.
The term "dining hall" probably makes you think of cereal and mystery meat, but The Hall is what happens when you build a dining hall that's not on a college campus, is also in SF, and serves wine and beer. Basically: things are getting fancy up in here.
Choose from six independent local food vendors: Cassia (Moroccan and Peruvian), Fine & Rare (seafood, mostly), The Whole Beast (do we really need to explain?), Raj & Singh (curry), Little Green Cyclo (banh mi and pho), and Dignitá (yummy baked goods). Everything's around $5-15, so you can't really go wrong. Don't wait too long to check it out; The Hall is only going to be in that space for two years. So, you have a little time, but not really...
Located inside the Presidio Officers' Club is a brand-new, Mexican-themed restaurant from Traci Des Jardins. Enjoy your upscale tacos and delicious margaritas inside the historic building or outside on the heated patio, where there's also an outdoor griddle for tortilla making. Of course there is. (Walk-ins only.)
For the next time life calls for wine and cheese, head over to West Coast Wine-Cheese, which claims both a "superior wine and cheese experience" and "a relaxed, unpretentious environment". Oxymoron? It was until now. There are tons of wines and, um, cheeses (duh), but also salumi, small plates, and yes: beer. Because sometimes life also calls for beer and chicken wings (yup, they've got those, too).
It's a bottle shop. It's a tap room. It's your new favorite spot to hang out! Liquid Gold has a huge selection of locally sourced wine and beer (30+ beers on tap), a 35ft bar, a couple of TVs, a communal table, a comfy sofa... oh, and they also have five refrigerators full of beer that you can buy to take home. It might actually be a good thing they don't sell food, because if they did, you'd probably never leave.
Okay, fine, Mochica's been around for a while. But not like this. Mochica ditched its old spot in SoMa for a new spot in Potrero and now everything is bigger! And better! And yummier! Well, fine, it was always yummy. But still: yummier! And the new space has a million more seats (or 80) and the thing you care most about: a full liquor license. Also, they serve brunch. Yup. Life is good. Life is good...
Another of our favorites also found a new home in October. The new Marlowe has everything you loved about the old Marlowe, but, again, better. There are twice as many seats, an outdoor patio, and a delicious cocktail menu (that's right: with the new space came liquor). And don't worry -- they still have the Marlowe Burger. Some things are too perfect to change.
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Daisy Barringer is Thrillist's SF Editor and she is excited to try all of the beer at Liquid Gold. ALL OF IT. Follow her on Twitter @daisy to see how she fares.
1. Huxley848 Geary St, San Francisco
2. The Hall1028 Market St, San Francisco
3. Arguello50 Moraga Ave, San Francisco
4. West Coast Wine-Cheese2165 Union St, San Francisco
5. Liquid Gold1040 Hyde St, San Francisco
6. Mochica Peruvian Kitchen & Bar1469 18th St, San Francisco
7. Marlowe500 Brannan St, San Francisco
Designed to be a small neighborhood restaurant, Huxley is worth traveling to, even if the Tenderloin isn't where you usually think to go for dinner. Saison's former owner and Bar Agricole's former sous chef serves up a simple, rustic menu they describe as "new American bistro-style," which includes courses like wild mushroom risotto, eggplant soup, and gourmet brunch toast that's bound to have made the rounds on your social media feed already. The restaurant only has 25 seats (10 of which are at the bar), so reservations are recommended.
Head to The Hall, where you can choose from six independent local food vendors: Cassia (Moroccan and Peruvian), Fine & Rare (seafood, mostly), The Whole Beast (do we really need to explain?), Raj & Singh (curry), Little Green Cyclo (banh mi and pho), and Dignitá (yummy baked goods). Everything's around $5-15, so you can't really go wrong.
Located inside the Presidio Officers' Club, this Mexican-themed restaurant from Traci Des Jardins dishes out upscale tacos, seafood, and a number of other south-of-the-border dishes. Sit by the fire pits on the patio and sip your margaritas or mescal cocktails while enjoying the outdoorsiness of it all.
For the next time life calls for wine and cheese, head over to West Coast Wine-Cheese, which claims both a "superior wine and cheese experience" and "a relaxed, unpretentious environment". There are tons of wines and cheeses (duh), but also salumi, small plates, beer, and chicken wings.
This bottle shop and tap room has an extensive collection of locally sourced beers and wines, as well as rare options from across the country. Despite its well-catered menu, Liquid Gold isn’t super stuffy -- its sparse, modern décor and small size lend to a laid-back vibe that’s perfect for a quiet drink with friends or a larger party of beer enthusiasts. Grab a beer flight for $12 or ask a knowledgeable bartender to suggest something tasty.
Mochica ditched its old spot in SoMa for this spot in Potrero and now everything is bigger, better, and yummier! Plus they've got a full liquor license and serve brunch.
This French-American bistro in SOMA has all the things that make a neighborhood restaurant so recommendable: excellent brunch; a fine wine selection featuring French, Italian, and Californian wines; an outdoor patio; and last but definitely not least: one of the best burgers in the city. Served with fries, the $16 Marlowe Burger is stacked with caramelized onions, cheddar, bacon, and horseradish aioli. It's so darn good that it's also served at sister restaurants Park Tavern and The Cavalier.