Food & Drink

Lounge like a boss in SoMa

It's a savvy move for rivals who want to get to the next level to join forces -- after all, had the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew not squashed their child mystery beef, who would have solved the Copper Canyon Conspiracy? No one, that's who! Teaming up to solve SF's club scene, Sloane

The joint venture of the nightlife impresarios behind competing nightclubs Fluid and Vessel, Sloane's a SOMA lounge handsomely done up almost entirely in exposed brick and stained planks o' Cali Redwood -- a swift departure from Fluid/Vessel's shimmery J. Lo video-ready surfaces (bummer!). The space is broken down into two sections: a drinking area with a 30ft redwood bar backed by a massive rack of blackened steel that illuminates bottles from behind, and an overhead VIP mezzanine equipped with marble floors/DJ booth; there's also a dark corridor adjacent to the main section through which patrons can access a three-story light well to smoke cigs, which even make standing in a light well look cool. Alcoholically speaking, they've got an ol' reliable selection of bottled beers (Guinness, Sierra, Pyramid Hef, etc), fresh fruit juice-having basic cocktails, and bottle service (required for VIP action) either with booze (Johnny Walker Black, Ciroc, Don Julio) or bubbly like Dom P, Cristal, Perrier Jouet, or Moet Nectar Imperial -- what, did you think Lord Vader's elite squad was just gonna crunk on Freixenet

What you see now's not even the full extent of Sloane, which extends through the block to Minna St. The proprietors are seeing how the front space plays out before deciding what'll go down alley-side in a couple of months -- a prudent move they most likely picked up reading the case of The Already Not Awesome Alley.