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Tequila, Fried Chicken and Eagles References in the FiDi

Welcome to the Hotel San Francisco

By Joe Starkey ·
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Photo: Michael David Rose Photography

You've been looking for a new bar to check into.

Something with neon lights, plenty of pop culture references and drinks so good you'll never want to check out.

Welcome to Hotel San Francisco, a cheeky new glam-rock bar in the FiDi that's now open day and night looking just like this

You'll show up with a group of fun people in tow and walk into this garish-in-the-best-possible-way bar with neon signs quoting "Hotel California," custom leaf murals and a painting of Biggie.

Round up a few pink stools at the black steel-topped bar and request some menus. One of their 25 rotating wines might be nice. But so would a cocktail like the Spanky Calaveras with blanco tequila, passion fruit, basil, habañero honey, lime and tajin.

Someone will posit the idea that some fried chicken sandwiches and duck confit crostini may be in order. Someone else will say, "Totally." And then you'll eat those and laugh and sing and promise each other to come back for their happy our with aged Old Fashioneds and $3 off beer.

We can't stress that singing part enough.

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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