3 Loungey & Romantic San Francisco Discoveries


Noir Lounge is a relatively new jazz-inspired wine bar and brewpub in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley. The lounge bar is in a seductive setting with two bars and a film screening room (black and white films when I was there on a Friday night). You can get 55 wines and 20 craft beers as well as more than twenty selections of wine by the glass. There are also four wines and eight beers on tap.

The menu at Noir is mostly bar food and small plates, which includes an arugula salad and risotto. Chef Joanna Karlinsky of Meetinghouse makes what they refer to as “comfort foods” scintillating. She came from Meetinghouse Restaurant, the restored Elite Cafe and Hotel Utah before coming to Noir Lounge. Think Modern Attitude baby.

 The location is at 581 Hayes Street, San Francisco, CA.

Martuni’s is a martini piano bar located a mile or so from Hayes Valley. For those like me, originally from New York, or who knows their musicals, Martuni’s is an ideal find.

While you’re sipping martini’s, wine or cognac, you can sing along or tap your foot to fabulous Broadway and 1930’s era music until 2 am in the morning nightly. Yes, they’re open every day and night of the week.

Above taken on my iPhone so the quality is very low – I plan to return here and do a more extensive piece. Below is a few seconds video so you can get a flavor of the place. Fun, fun, fun!!!

Location: Martuni’s is located at 4 Valencia in San Francisco.

Hotel Biron is also in the area, not far from both venues above and is open 7 days a week from 5 pm until 2 am. Their gallery features a new artist monthly, hosting a reception the first Thursday of the month. Hotel Biron is not an official hotel per se, but after perusing its wine list and sinking into one of the comfy sofas, folks might not want to check out. A handful of copper tables, wrought-iron bistro chairs and zinc-green walls decked with a revolving exhibition of local art further the Left Bank mood. The low lighting and high spirits form the perfect setting for an after-work get-together or romantic rendezvous.

The extensive wine list features a well-chosen selection from French and California vineyards and is especially strong in award-winning reds. A brief menu including cheeses, seasonal fruits, charcuterie, and olives is designed to complement the wines.
Location: Hotel Biron is at 45 Rose Street in San Francisco.


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