+ Gold Dust Lounge’s Music is Money
With the ceiling murals and walls lined with framed currency, the Gold Dust Lounge looked like a Wild West saloon. Don’t let the decor fool you, this historic Dixieland bar was famous for the many Jazz artists who have played there over the years. San Francisco's Gold Dust Lounge, in a fight for its life since octogenarian owners Jim and Tasios Bovis were hit with an eviction notice last year, served last call at its beloved Union Square digs and announced an upcoming move to the tourist heavy Fisherman's Wharf. The Gold Dust Lounge has reopened and you're invited! We packed up the pieces in Union Square and moved to Fisherman's Wharf on the Barbary Coast. We brought Bing Crosby's cherub mural on the ceiling, the antique brass lights, the Bovis Family paintings, the tables, the gold filigree mirrors, the old wood bar, the red velvet booths, Herb Caen's stool, his Vitamin V, the band, the bartenders, waitresses, the Miner 49er, the swinging saloon doors, that familiar marquee -all we're missing is you! Come have a drink as we kick off more good times for years to come! Help us make the new Gold Dust a home.
+ 54 Mint Wine Bar’s Italian Charm
SOMA's new 54 Mint Wine Bar is technically a three-in-one punch of vineria (wine bar), ristorante, and alimentari (food store), but really it's all imported deliciousness. As the only distributor of some of its Italian fine wines to the straight-from-Italy sheep's milk cheese and handmade Italian plates, 54 Mint serves up an authentic Italian meal that tastes even better coming from the hand of the heavily accented servers.
This hotspot is the work of native Umbrian owners Alberto Avalle (of NYC's Il Buco fame) and Claudio Ricciolini- and 54 Mint can't be a better ode to their homeland. Even the famous Umbrian olive oil is sprinkled into nearly every dish and is even displayed beautifully for customers to buy.
During good weather, make sure to hit up the patio for some great people watching in the trendy SOMA district.