The Douglas Room

Your Cocktail-and-Hoagie Hookup in the Tenderloin

This Place Could Become Your Cheers

By Joe Starkey
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We know what you’ve been thinking.

It’s really time somebody around here showed a little damn commitment to hoagies.

Well, think no more, because here’s the Douglas Room, a new hotel-anchored bar from the guys behind the original Big and Benjamin Cooper, opening tonight in the Tenderloin. Here’s a look inside.

Unlike their other hidden spots, this one’s pretty easy to find: just stroll in through the lobby of the newly renovated Tilden Hotel. Or the outdoor entrance that’s marked separately with (gasp) a sign.

Next you’ll lead your accompanying friend/date/coworker up to the gorgeous cherrywood bar. Proceed to marvel together at the copper-leaf-coated, distressed and tchotchke-adorned walls, and note that this place feels both new (which it is) yet still like the homey neighborhood haunt you’ve been dreaming of (which is what they were going for).

Soon, the drinks will be flowing (try the Old and in the Way, with bourbon, Pedro Ximénez sherry, Suze and stone fruit shrub) and the classic tavern fare begging to be eaten with it.

Like their takes on hoagies and cheesesteaks. They even fly the Amoroso’s rolls in from Philly.

So, someone’s happy about basic economy fare.

Joe Starkey is the tallest person in the room 90% of the time. He enjoys liquors that aren’t smoky, dive bars that are, and has a vague dread that someone, somewhere might be having more fun than him.

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The Douglas Room
345 Taylor St
(between Ellis and O’Farrell)
San Francisco, CA 94102
415-673-2332
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