The Best New Place To Drink In San Francisco

A new cocktail bar has opened in the heart of San Francisco’s financial district. Aptly named, The Treasury boasts a list of drinks sure to impress your next date and potential client. Bar director and restaurant partner, Carlos Yturria crafts housemade highlights like The Standard Oil (Rittenhouse rye whiskey, Dolin rouge vermouth, Drambuie, coffee bitters), Flash (Aviation gin, kiwi, cucumber, lemon) and Rich + Rugged. (Cutty Sark “Prohibition” scotch whiskey, strawberry and black pepper shrub, lemon). The bar chef also boasts a robust sherry program, housemade tinctures, sous vide syrups, and a strong selection of beer and wine. Plenty of beverage options to pair with high roller bar bites like chicken liver mousse, oysters on the half shell and three tiers of traditional caviar service.  When it comes to vibe, The Treasury has it nailed with its 1915 era Beau Arts building transformed into a modern day Parisian bar of yesteryear.  An aesthetic created and executed by local studio, Geremia Design.  This spot is perfect to grab an after work drink or a night cap.

The Treasury is located at 115 Sansome Street, San Francisco, CA.

Seattle Bar Promises ‘Ass Kickings’ For Anyone In Google Glasses

Seattle bar The 5 Point has proactively banned Google Glasses from the premises, warning on their Facebook page, "Ass kickings will be encouraged for violators."

The 5 Point has a seedy, "sometimes notorious" image to uphold, owner Dave Weinart told local radio station KIRO. Acknowledging the ban is just a joke, he was serious that Google Glasses simply wouldn’t fit in. (It should be noted that the $1,500 spectacles, which can record video and display maps, aren’t even available for sale yet.)

"Some of the tech geeks come here, we’re close by Amazon. It’s OK if you wear them. I just don’t want them worn inside," Weinart said. In particular he wants his patrons to feel free from being recorded without their knowledge (prompting one to wonder what exactly goes down inside The 5 Point). 

CNET got the obligatory response from Google and, they’re unfazed.  

"It is still very early days for Glass, and we expect that as with other new technologies, such as cell phones, behaviors and social norms will develop over time."

It’s when Google Glasses get banned from Apple Stores, Stumptown Coffee Roasters, and farmers’ markets that such a ban will geeks where it hurts.

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Do You Suffer From MGOOMFA This Oscar Season?

Does watching The Oscars in your living room sound a bit dull? Do you crave that surge of communal disappointment and celebration upon the announcement of the winners? Do you like chicken tenders? If you’ve said yes to any of these questions, chances are you have a case of the MGOOMFA: Must Get Out Of My F@#$ing Apartment syndrome commonly associated with freezing climates and 4+ hours browsing Hulu daily. And with The Oscars coming up this Sunday, the perfect opportunity is upon you to get out of your apartment, and communicate with fellow NYers at official Oscars viewing parties across the city. Here is where to go:

SideBAR: Upscale sportsbar. Optional two-hour Bud Light & well-cocktail open bar at 7pm. Oscars ballot competition with $50 gift certificate for the winner. Personal bucket of pigs-in-a-blanket and tater tots. $10 entry, $50 with open bar. Chicken tenders.

The Windsor: High-end sportsbar.Free house-made gourmet popcorn. Free first glass of bubbly. Truffle grilled cheese. Starts 5pm. No entry fee. No chicken tenders.

The Bell House: Brooklyn’s wackiest events venue. Hosted by (my favorite) comedian & (erotic short story) writer Dave Hill. Raunchy, thought-provoking  analysis during commercials. $8 cocktail specials. No food/chicken tenders.

Brooklyn Winery: The sophisticated celebration. Oscar-themed sparkling cocktails. Seth MacFarlane hosts. Oscar ballots. First come, first-served seating. Starts 7pm. Get gussied up. Obviously no chicken tenders.

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IT’S HUMP DAY: Get Sexy At GIRLS Exhibit & PB-Bacon Cocktail Spot

It’s Wednesday and you know what that means: we get our hump on. This weekly column is devoted to finding the hottest events across NYC that’ll arouse and titillate even the most jaded New Yorker. Partake in these shows and soirees – from a GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS exhibit to a classy, wine-filled literary event – and make the rest of your nights this week very sexy.

See photos of sexy girls doing things involving leather & cars:
Artist Katrina del Mar presents her GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS exhibit on the LES, which involves a bunch of photos, videos, and books displaying female archetypes, such as surfer girls, bike gangs, and girls playing in their bedrooms,  and girls with their dogs and tattoos. In signature Katrina fashion, the exhibit offers a fantasy, modern myth, and sets it in a grungy, urban environment, where violence merges into sex. Graphic, hyper-stylized sexually, and unapologetically feminist, a post-discussion over a drink and prime food is necessary. Hit up nearby, just-opened Lobster Joint at happy hour for $4 lobster sliders and a beer. Runs Wed-Sun, 12pm-7pm every day until Feb. 17th. Participant Inc, 253 E. Houston St. All details here. Inside-info on Lobster Joint here.

Eat peanut butter-and-bacon-topped burgers & drink peanut liqueur:
Just-opened Greenwich Village cocktail spot Rogue & Canon takes things to a whole other level, and by that, I do mean “puts peanut butter and bacon in everything.” We’re talking peanut butter and bacon-topped burgers and peanut liqueur, and even bacon bitters. This little bar has got the whole copper-ceiling, brick-walled appeal, and the skills to back it up. From the folks behind the James Hotel’s rooftop bar Jimmy, Rogue is definitely a walk-in-at-2am spot. So bring your date or fling; the night is young. Open now. 128 W. Houston St. Inside-info here.

Get turned on by smart people:
BAM’s series “Eat, Drink & Be Literary” is happening tonight, Jan. 23rd, and offers four things: a classy buffet dinner, wine, live music, and an intimate discussion from the literary scene’s top authors. Authors read their favorite passages of their work, debate with audience members, and give insight into their usually-secret creative process. Even if you’re not a literary fiend, it’s a good excuse to meet people, drink, and feel cultured simultaneously. 6:30pm. $50. Brooklyn Academy of Music, 30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn. All details here.


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Kick and Play: Shoes. Party. Go.

Starting in 2013, BlackBook will start talking shoes. With dinner parties, brunches, coffee dates, and friendly catch-up sessions, figuring out the right outfit can become an interminable task. And while so many publications spend their word count on what pants, blazers, tie clips, and watches you need to wear, we’re going to focus on the one thing you’ll always need: good kicks on your feet. So shake hands with our new weekly column: Kick and Play.

Whether you love your skinny chinos, tapered pants, or baggy jeans, we’ll make sure we’ve got you covered in the kicks department. And don’t worry; the full spectrum of shoes will be covered. From limited-edition sneaker releases, to wingtips, to boots that won’t make you feel like a storm trooper, BlackBook’s got your back – and feet. Once you’ve explored your shoes options, we’ll give you the top national restaurants, clubs, and bars to sport them. Kick, play, go.


Nike Air Jordan 13 Retro (pictured above)


Over the past two years, Nike and Reebok have become crazy for the retro trend. On the regular, the sneaker brands are re-releasing some of their infamous pairs of retro Jordan’s, Iverson’s and throwback player editions of sports legends.

January is no different, with a number of classic Jordan sneakers being released this month. On Saturday, January 12th, Nike and the Jordan Brand will re-release the Air Jordan 13 Retro in black and red, which was originally released in 1997. The shoe, inspired by a panther, was designed by famous designer Tinker Hatfield.

What was known to be a sneaker to collect or play in, now brings a bold yet sleek attitude to skinny jeans at the bar, brunch, or that afternoon weekend discovering the city – just don’t let anybody step on them.

Available on Saturday, January 12th at select retailers. $160. Follow @nikestore or your local sneaker shop on Twitter for launch information.


Aldo Nocks

Aldo Nocks

A fusion of a wingtip and a casual-laced shoe, the new Aldo Nocks is a great shoe for nearly any occasion. Though it is a little narrow, it looks great on khakis or jeans, dressed down with a t-shirt and hoody, or up with a tucked-in shirt. The Nocks are available in black and brown. To add a little flavor, these shoes have a surprising, electric-blue sole, giving your step a vibrant bounce. $70 at Aldo Shoes.

Perch, Los Angeles, Calif.

A fantastic rooftop bar a whimsical French-bistro feel. Great drinks and damn good dessert. Flanked with fire pits, lounge seating, and an eclectic sound of music from DJs and, on occasion, an indie band. Great for post-dinner with friends or a date.

Chile Pies & Ice Cream, San Francisco, Calif.

Green chili pies with apple filling, a ground beef pie served in a Frito bag topped with Fritos, pie shakes. This Mexican-infused bakery has no rules – just innovative sweet and savory pies, and organic ice cream for the purists. Perfect for any meal, any time, anybody.

La Esquina, New York, New York

When Mexican food is done well, it can be a life-changing experience. Enter La Esquina. Translated as “the hideaway,” this location is just that. It starts off as a three-space set-up which is perfect in its own right – a taqueria, a café, and a brasserie + bar. While you should most definitely try all three, the necessity here is to secure a reservation for the basement: an underground seating arrangement with a menu that boasts 200+ premium tequilas and cocktails and, oh yeah, unforgettable grilled street corn, blessed main courses, and an environment that you won’t want to leave.

Book a reservation a week in advance for a guaranteed good seat. Take a girl. Celebrate your birthday. And wear your new kicks.

Industry Insiders: Bobby Green, Designer of L.A.’s Top Themed Bars

When Bobby Green (center) transformed a space in Los Angeles into a log cabin-inspired bar in 1998, and quickly saw lines form to get inside, he knew he had hit on something huge.

“I realized that people don’t just want a cool bar with red lights and velvet chairs; they want more,” says Green, the man responsible for transforming L.A. nightlife into a highly thematic, immersive experience into another era. As the creative director of nightlife company 1933 Group, and a self-professed “old soul,” Green has since opened, among others, the Mexican grotto-inspired bar La Cuevita, the post-Prohibition Thirsty Crow, and most recently, the Savannah townhouse Sassafras Saloon, trucked in straight from Georgia.

“Sassafras is our biggest and grandest spot so far,” Green says. “We had more money and time to make the place perfect, so we shopped around Savannah to buy bits and pieces that really capture that lazy, relaxed Southern feeling.”

While Green is inspired by the movie set that is the city of Los Angeles, most of his ideas come straight from his favorite memories of growing up in Oklahoma, and skiing in New Mexico and Colorado every year. “I live in another era,” Green says. “There are so many places I’ve gone to and love, and all I want to do is recreate them, and let others have those incredible experiences.”

IT’S HUMP DAY: This Week’s Sexiest NYC Events

It’s Wednesday and you know what that means: we get our hump on. This weekly column is devoted to finding the hottest events across NYC that’ll arouse and titillate even the most jaded New Yorker. Partake in these shows and soirees across NYC and make tonight – and the rest of your nights this week – very sexy.

Topless Girls Caroling:
I mean, this is a no-brainer. Burlesque dancers from three different troupes join together at LES rock club R Bar on Saturday to sing and desecrate your favorite Christmas tunes like, “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” and “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree.”  Whoops! Ah well, no holiday is safe from the ire of guttered minds. Sat., Dec. 8th at R Bar, 7pm. All the details here.

The Sixth Annual Menorah Horah:
Hanukkah hotness hits Highline Ballroom on Sunday, when Jewish international burlesque duo The Schlep Sisters hold a pageant-style show where eight Hanukkah hopefuls vie for a spot in the very-exclusive Menorah Horah Royalty. Retro swimsuits and dreidel and latke songs included. Who will compete? Who will win the crown? I’m schvitzing just thinking about it. Bring your JDateSun., Dec. 9th at Highline Ballroom, 6pm, $25. All the details here.

Mies Julie:
NYT theatre critic Ben Brantley said “There is more erotic heat generated by the play’s two central characters than in any production in town.” And well, crap, if even stoic Brantley is turned on, then you can be sure you’ll be too when witnessing the off-Broadway play Mies Julie, a night-in-the-life of a black farm laborer and his “master’s” daughter in this smoldering post-apartheid drama. When the show’s over, release some steam at neighboring indie & intimate gastropub reBar.
Show runs until Sun., Dec. 16th at St. Ann’s Warehouse, $70. All the details here.

Naked Holidays:
Alright, so if topless just isn’t enough, ya big ol’ horndog you, then get a front-row seat to the sixth annual off-Broadway show Naked Holidays, where the cast –  wearing scarves and Santa hats (and only those) – perform their own raunchy spins on Yuletide classics, like “Dad Came Out This Christmas,” and “The Big Toy Chest.” After the show, head to Theatre District landmark and holiday-decorated Smith’s Bar for a drink and live music by (clothed) local performers. Show runs nightly until Sun., Dec. 30th at Roy Arias Studios, $57.50. All the details here.

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Broadway’s ‘Rock of Ages’ Cast: Where They Rock Off-The-Clock

Where do professional rockers rock? That’s what I asked the cast of Rock of Ages, who rock Broadway eight times a week. Find out where they go and why on their one night off, before the show, and when the curtain comes down. Here’s our list: Where They Rock Off-The-Clock

Midnight Mixologists: Beate Kiser and Her Top Ten NYC Hot Spots

Beate Kiser got into the nightlife game and landed her first bartending gig at an early age. Since her start, she’s risen to the top her field, where, after a four-year stint at her first gig, she landed at one of downtown Manhattan’s trendiest restaurants. She talked with BlackBook about her ideal customer, the best compliment she’s ever received, and her favorite part of the job. Also, see below for her top ten favorite spots to grab a cocktail in New York City.

How did you get into mixology?
It was something that just happened. I started bartending when I was young, and worked in bars for many years that didn’t focus too much on that. When I started working at a well-known bar four years ago, I was suddenly surrounded by people creating and trying out new things, so I just started to play with it and really fell in love with creating drinks.
What’s your favorite part of the job?
Seeing the look on people’s faces when they try something new that I created. When someone really likes the taste of something, they make the best facial expressions.
How do you name the drinks you create?
I just try to let the name be inspired by the drink itself. It can be a difficult process sometimes, trying to pick just the right name that fits and sounds like something you want to drink.
How is your approach to mixology different from everybody else’s?
I like to make cocktails accessible to everyone. I don’t think it’s fun to make people feel alienated because they don’t know all the ingredients in a drink. That’s when people get intimidated and just end up ordering a vodka soda. I have been to many places with friends that get overwhelmed by a drink menu and then order something simple instead of trying something new. I don’t want my customers to feel that.
What was your inspiration for the cocktail you created for Stoli®?
What’s your idea of the absolute perfect setting in which to enjoy a cocktail?
I love a great outdoor setting, roof, or outdoor café. It’s perfect to sip on something refreshing and delicious outside on a warm summer night.
What’s the best compliment you’ve ever received as a mixologist?
You are the best bartender in New York!
What does it take to be a great mixologist? Is it a God-given gift, or something you can learn?
I think anyone could do it if they just try. We all have taste buds and can learn how to appeal to them.
What makes your venue special?
There is no other place like it. When people come in, it’s almost like they are stepping into another world. You could get a little of every experience you want from a bar, restaurant, or lounge here. Have a great cocktail, or sit in a grand dining room for an amazing food experience, and on the weekends you can go upstairs and dance to great music. It really has everything.
What nightlife trend rubs you the wrong way?
Making people feel like they’re not "cool" enough to come into the bar or lounge.
What’s the secret to running a great bar?
Great customer service. People want to be treated well, and if they are they will return over and over again.
Who is your ideal customer?
Someone who likes to try new things and trusts when you tell them you’re going to love this, and if you don’t, I will find something that you do.
What do you love most about New York at night?
People who live in New York live for going out at night. We all have really tiny apartments that we don’t want to be cooped up in, we don’t have to drive, and anything you could ever want is either a 10-minute walk or taxi ride away. New York comes alive at night and I love how different of a city this place is from night to day.
Kiser’s Top Ten NYC Spots for a Cocktail
  1. Mayahuel
  2. Bar Veloce
  3. Stanton Social
  4. 200 Orchard
  5. Dos Caminos
  6. The Hurricane Club
  7. Bar Baresco
  8. 9th Ward
  9. d.b.a.