Winter holiday fans, take heed. There's a new Christmas-themed pop-up bar slinging holiday cocktails and light bar bites in North Beach, called Deck The Halls (1707 Powell St. between Union and Columbus).
Located inside the former Washington Square Bar & Grill space, the temporary saloon is helmed by Nick Floulis (Chubby Noodle) and Shaher Misif and Ken Luciano of Guerrilla Vision.
Deck The Halls aims to be a "celebratory neighborhood destination" and is a nod to former Washington Square owner Ed Moose, who was known for "creating joyful San Francisco memories," Floulis said.
As for libations, expect to see cocktails like "Naughty or Nice" made with muddled mint, lemon, agave and pomegranate paired with a choice of two smashes—a "naughty" smoky Creyente Mezcal or a "nice," smooth Maestro Dobel Tequila.
"The drinks are very holiday-driven and very festive," Misif told Hoodline over the phone. "
Floulis—a former Napa resident—will be donating a portion of the proceeds to benefit North Bay fire relief.
After the pop-up folds in mid-January, Floulis plans to renovate the space with partners Elmer Mejicanos and John Paul Jacques to create a new permanent restaurant, to be called Lillie Coit’s.
Floulis said he and his team are giving the space a go after the location has seen several owners over the last few years because he's drawn to the community and the location.
"Always had a good plate of food and a good drink no matter which iteration," he said. "I can’t speak to why it may not have worked for those individuals before."
Floulis noted that the section of North Beach around the restaurant has been evolving with the addition of The Salzburg in the former Cinecitta Ristorante & Bar space and a new condominium.
"This side of the street has been a little bit dormant, but it's being activated," Floulis said. "Now you're seeing this surge of energy on this side of the street. That will give a lot of attention to this little nook of the neighborhood."
Deck the Halls will run from November 24th until the New Year and will be open Monday–Wednesday 3pm–midnight, Thursday and Friday 3pm–2am, Saturday noon–2am, and Sunday noon-midnight.
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