Stock In Trade, the forthcoming girl-friendly Marina bar taking over where La Barca left off after a 50 year run on Lombard Street, has announced a feature we much prefer to the usual bar game lineup of Buck Hunter and Photohunt: an indoor bocce court right in the dining room.
As Eater reports, the court will be about half the size of a regulation court at 6-by-36 feet and feature a not-quite-up-to-regulation artificial turf surface that should hold up against the rigors of drunken Marina ball-tossers. Naturally, the court will be built from wrought iron repurposed from La Barca and a few skylights will let some natural light into the dark dining room that used to get regular visits from Herb Caen and Gavin Newsom back in his saucier days.
What else can we expect from the latest addition to the Marina's storied drinking scene? The new owners, who are also responsible for R Bar just off Polk Street in the Tendernob, say there will be a 40-seat, U-shaped bar, eight wines on tap, reasonably priced American tavern food and "gender-themed bathrooms." Whatever that means.
Stock in Trade looks to open during the height of rainy season in January, depending on the usual health department paperwork. In the meantime, you can get your boozy, all-weather bocce fix at the Hidden Vine in the Financial District. Or, when the whether's nice, we highly recommend sipping from pitchers of Sangria on the patio at Bar Bocce in Sausalito, where there's a nice gravel court. Or, if you're a cheapskate, you could always BYO Bocce balls and brown bag it on the award-winning Embarcadero courts. Just don't camp on them.