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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Wednesday Ten: RIP Mr. Bing's, Hello Amazon Prime Now Booze

Posted By on Wed, Jul 6, 2016 at 1:30 PM

Frenchies! Cocktails! Enhhh! - W HOTEL
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  • Frenchies! Cocktails! Enhhh!

Plus the W Hotel throws a pet-friendly "Yappy Hour" tomorrow, and The Cavalier rolls out a Bevvys and Bites menu that could be a lunch or a happy hour, depending on your mood.

"And this, too, shall pass," the universe whispered. The Brown Jug, The Stud, and now Mr. Bing's (201 Columbus) mark the latest phase in the death of the San Francisco dive. Mr. Bing's head was on the chopping block since the spring of last year but now the guillotine blade has been raised, and worse, it might turn into some Irish bar. Hoodline reported that the liquor license expired on June 30, so it might close very soon. Eater got a poetic, Samuel Beckett-esque quote from Bourdain: "Just another day in the death spiral ... Another good and noble thing, in this case, a fine drinking establishment, ground under the slow, inevitable, pitiless forward motion of the Terrible Wheel. It will consume us all in the end." Jesus Christ.

It's Official: You Can Order Booze in S.F. Via Amazon Prime Now
Its effects may be inconsequential but this cannot be good news for dive bars, but Amazon claims that someone in Palo Alto received their shipment of four bottles of wine via Prime Now in 33 minutes. Prime Now uses Tony’s Market & Liquor (in the Mission) and Sousa’s Discount Liquor (presumably the Mountain View and not Fremont location) to get beer, wine, and spirits to customers every day between 8 a.m. and midnight, every day, at $7.99 for one-hour delivery. (Two-hour delivery is free.)

Yappy Hour at the W's Hunt Lane Tomorrow, July 7
All dogs go to heaven, but only lucky dogs get invited to the W. Tomorrow, Thursday, July 7, from 5:30-7 p.m., dogs and their humans are invited to Hunt Lane, the outdoor space adjacent to the pet-friendly W Hotel (181 Third St.) for Yappy Hour. There will be celeb dogs, specialty cocktails for humans, nibbles for every conceivable mammal, and a "step-and-repeat" photo station. To attend, RSVP at

Bevvys and Bites at The Cavalier
As of today, Anglophilic eater The Cavalier (360 Jessie) will launch Bevvys and Bites, a late lunch slash early happy hour (2:30-5:30 p.m., daily) with a $12 Marlowe burger, $8 cocktails, beer and wine specials, several brand-new dishes, and more. How about some lamb scrumpets with pickled chile and mint sauce ($9) with a $10 Monkey Shoulder boilermaker?

Belga Owner Takes Over Betetnut Space

It makes sense, cause they're right next door to each other. Inside Scoop reports that Adriano Paganini will turn the former Betelnut (2030 Union) into a 130-seat restaurant with a full liquor license this fall.

Reverb/Verbena to Become a Mezcaleria
Eater notes that the unlucky spot at 2323 Polk is slated to become a mezcaleria run by the people behind Andalé Mexican Family Kitchen.

Inside the Wooden Nickel

Hoodline talks to the women behind The Wooden Nickel (1900 Folsom), a dive bar that bucked the trend and opened earlier this year. It's a solid place, and this shines some light on the operations, including the Painkiller slushie (which originated in the Virgin Islands in 1971).

The Cafe Half of Waxman's Opens
While the grander half of Jonathan Waxman's Ghirardelli Square revival project (900 North Point) has been running for months, the daytime half opens today. It's a straightforward pizza-and-sandwiches spot, and a very kid- and Middle-American-friendly one at that, although the liquor license means you can have a $9 glass of wine while overlooking the bay.

The New York Times Goes There: What Is Actually Good For You?
In a fantastic chart comparing a consensus among nutritionists with the opinions of average Americans, the New York Times proves once and for all what a con granola is. Well, sort of: It's the food most people think is healthy but which nutritionists are pretty iffy on, with trendy and dubious coconut oil right behind it. (Quinoa is the reverse: Nutritionists love it, but Joe and Deb Six-Pack aren't sold. They're also holding tofu at arm's length.)

Oh, and About Yogurt
It's not just a dessert that's marketed as a health food that's secretly better than all desserts. "There needs to be a spinoff of the Bechdel Test exclusively for yogurt commercials," says New York magazine in this takedown of Big Yogurt and its message of feminist empowerment.

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Peter Lawrence Kane is SF Weekly's Arts Editor. He has lived in San Francisco since 2008 and is two-thirds the way toward his goal of visiting all 59 national parks.


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