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If it weren’t for the doorman posted up outside this unassuming spit of Fell between Polk and Van Ness, there’d be little to tip you off to what’s going on behind the curtains at this semisecret lounge that Jay Bordeleau (Maven) opened in late 2015. What a surprise you’re in for, then: cover-free music six nights a week, a bar-bites menu served until midnight, and a straightforward and solid drink menu—cocktails are $12 each. During the after-work happy hour, more attention tends to be paid to the bar than to the music, but on weekends—say, after a big show at SFJazz—the focus rightfully turns back to the stage.
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Cocktail bar Mr. Tipple’s Recording Studio opened in December, offering live jazz with craft cocktails and creative bar fare on the menu. The entire recording studio holds 80 guests for private events, and the Opium Den, an intimate lounge space, holds 15 people for semiprivate receptions. Located in San Francisco’s Mid-Market neighborhood, the bar has a speakeasy feel thanks to its backdoor entrance on a quiet side street.
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One of the coolest new spaces to hit the mid-Market district — a combination music venue, restaurant and bar — Mr. Tipple’s Recording Studio was conceived by the ever crafty team behind Maven, in the Lower Haight. There’s no Mr. Tipple, or recording studio, but there is a hidden back entrance on a quiet side street that’s reminiscent of Prohibition-era speakeasies. Expect live jazz nightly, updated bar fare like confit chicken wings with green tobacco butter and fish sauce ranch, and an inventive lineup of craft cocktails (we love the Equator, which is made of rum, coffee, honey, lime and Hellfire bitters).
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Location: 1446 Market St., Mid-Market
Major Players: Joey Elenterio, Kate Bolton, Jay Bordeleau
The Situation: Chef Joey Elenterio (Wayfare Tavern, Chez TJ) will be cooking “progressive American” food at the upcoming Cadence from owner Jay Bordeleau and cocktail guru Kate Bolton, the team behind Maven. As a sit-down spot that accepts reservations, Cadence will be “a little more ambitious” than Maven, and a recent preview dinner featured dishes like meyer lemon rabbit risotto with pickled blackberries. Bolton will contribute a bar program driven by seasonal produce, plus the space is connected to the team’s upcoming jazz bar next door, Mr. Tipple’s Recording Studio.
Projected Opening: Late October 2015
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Another Mid-Market restaurant’s opening on the horizon, in late July: Cadence, a 90-seat “upscale progressive” American restaurant and bar from Maven restaurateur Jay Bordeleau. Former Wayfare Tavern chef de cuisine Joey Elenterio will be running the kitchen and putting out plates like Meyer lemon rabbit risotto, roasted rib-eye with brown butter cauliflower and possibly even a chef’s choice tasting menu. The sit-down space will also offer bar snacks and cocktails crafted by beloved barkeep Kate Bolton and Cadence bar manager Chase Williamson. For those who want all-night entertainment, Mr. Tipple’s Recording Studio, Bordeleau’s forthcoming jazz bar, will be but a few steps away.