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Dining, SFoodie The Most Fabulous Thing We Saw All Week

The Most Fabulous Thing We Saw All Week

Last evening, I had the pleasure of dropping by the Clift Hotel's 100th anniversary party, which was a pretty swank affair even if I did observe a lot of vulgar people gobbling down oysters as fast as the kitchen…
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Music, Bouncer Bouncer Gets Fancy at the Redwood Room

Bouncer Gets Fancy at the Redwood Room

If I had some serious money and was visiting this city, I would stay at the Clift Hotel. As soon as you walk into the place you just want to say, "Ooh la la, Sassoon!" It's classy, and not in…
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Music, All Shook Down Q&A: Waters on Alaskan Fishing Boats, Norwegian Inspiration, and Why San Francisco Is the Best

Q&A: Waters on Alaskan Fishing Boats, Norwegian Inspiration, and Why San Francisco Is the Best

When local folk-rock outfit Port O'Brien disbanded in 2010 after years of relentless touring, frontman Van Pierszalowski needed to clear his head. So, naturally, he headed to Norway, which promised both the isolation necessary to reboot, and the budding…
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Music, Hear This AraabMuzik: Show Preview

AraabMuzik: Show Preview

He got his start producing icily aggressive gangsta rap beats for Harlem's Dipset crew, but AraabMuzik — the stage moniker of Rhode Island native Abraham Orellana — is pioneering a new flavor of moody electronica. As numerous online videos prove,…
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Music, All Shook Down It's Britney, Bitch -- at the Clift Hotel!

It's Britney, Bitch -- at the Clift Hotel!

Sources in the know say that Britney Spears will be arriving at the Clift Hotel  this afternoon for all you fanatics out there who want to see a train wreck up close. So how will you know when she's arrived?…
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Music, Bouncer

Bellying up to a bar of sperm donors

It seems I am always at my brokest when I decide to go somewheres fancy-schmancy. I like the idea of scraping together my last $15 for a martini, reapplying safety pins to the errant lining of my once chic leather…
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Best of San Francisco, Food & Drink

Best Bar Bathroom

Bar bathrooms are so underrecognized. The loos at the Clift Hotel's Redwood Room, for example, were designed by Philippe Starck, who decked them out in the perfect symbols of pretentious minimalism -- white marble walls; simple, sleek toilets and sinks;…
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News, Dog Bites

Scrambled Eggers

Death. Taxes. Dave Eggers. He's unavoidable: His fiction's in this week's New Yorker, he has a new novel coming out next month, and last Wednesday he hosted a benefit bash for his latest literary pet project (note gushing profile in…
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Dining, Side Dish

Trust in Schrager?

Gentlemen in the Back Row After much ballyhoo around town from all our politically correct goody-two-shoes, the auction at the famed Clift Hotel began last Tuesday at 10 a.m. If any of you are thinking, "Yeah, so -- another hotel…
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News, Dog Bites

Dog Bites

Last Call Late last week, when one Erika Lenkert sent us an invitation to a sort of drink-in at the Clift Hotel's Redwood Room to protest the remodeling of the bar by its new owner, we thought the whole thing…
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Dining, Eat

Side Dish

Paint Swatches & Carpet Samples Ian Schrager has just gotten the go-ahead for a major remodel on downtown's Clift Hotel. The former Studio 54 czar added the site to his growing portfolio -- which includes New York's Royalton and L.A.'s…
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