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April 16, 2019
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The easy-breezy style of Peacekeeper. Photo: Rebecca Kinney.

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The swank rooftop bar, Everdene, is now open at Virgin Hotels San Francisco. Photo courtesy of Everdene.

tablehopper media researcher Rebecca Kinney noticed some big changes in her neighborhood at the former Bacchus Kirk: it’s now ~PEACEKEEPER~. The formerly dark bar is now filled with light from an overhead skylight (which opens!), and a tropical Mexican style—it’s full of plants. Here’s a peek at the cocktail menu. Eater reveals it’s from the team behind Harper & Rye (Nate Valentine, Jamal Blake-Williams, and business partner Rob Kashian), and designed by Britt Hull of Tide Design Co.—there’s also a pool table. Open Mon-Fri 3pm-2am and Sat 12pm-2am. 925 Bush St. at Taylor.

One Tenderloin door opens, and another closes: the divey ~HIGH TIDE COCKTAILS~, known for its overflowing martini glass sign and $1 bills stapled everywhere, has closed, according to Broke-Ass Stuart. The city’s baseline cost for a cocktail just went up a couple bucks. 600 Geary St. at Jones.

Switching gears: SF now has another swanky rooftop bar, ~EVERDENE~, which has opened on the 12 floor of the new Virgin Hotels San Francisco, an urban oasis (designed in partnership with Gensler San Francisco) with nearly 360-degree views of the city skyline. You’ll find craft cocktails (including large-format options for groups), bites from chef Adrian Garcia, a lively custom soundtrack (and live DJs), and a 25-foot wraparound bar. Open Tue-Sat 5pm-1:30am. 250 4th St. at Folsom.

Over in the Inner Richmond, there’s a new wine bar and shop called ~BRECK’S~, serving wine on the weekend and Verve coffee service in the mornings (owner Will Eagle is ramping up hours and the offering in coming weeks). It has a stylish look, courtesy of ROY (previously Hannah Collins design), with indoor and outdoor seating. 2 Clement St. at Arguello. [Via Eater.]

April 2, 2019
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Boozy ice cream cones at Candy Bar. Photo: William Walsh @wdwphoto.

The creative minds behind 98 Turk (the bespoke Tenderloin bar also known as Biig) have opened their latest venture in an adjoining space and room: ~CANDY BAR~. I came by 98 Turk recently for some cocktails and bar manager Ronnie Buders gave me a sneak peek of their sugar- and booze-filled fantasia. Bring on the striped walls and creepy candy store ephemera, with weird figurines and yes, clowns.

The menu features a wild intersection of dessert and booze, with cocktails named Splatt! (ice cream sandwich), Wham!! (tropical slushie), Splunk! (boozy root beer float), or a !!Plop!! golden ticket (choose your own adventure). They’re also making boozy ice cream, like Elyx banana piná, Kikori Mexican chocolate, Bertoux strawberry, and Yuzuri orange marmalade. Order the Pow!! and you’ll get an ice cream sundae, featuring two flavors of boozy ice cream and two boozy toppings (Old Overholt pumpkin spice caramel sounds amazing), topped with your choice of treats. Or just get some boozy ice cream in a cone.

You can also get well drinks, beer and a shot, and more. Open Thu-Sat 6pm-12am, no reservations needed; enter through their NvrOvr 94 Turk store. 94 Turk St. at Taylor.