Three new bars debuted in the last week. First up there's the highbrow beer-focused Mikkeller Bar (34 Mason Street), in the former Crash Club space at Mason and Market. It's a co-production of a local beer guy, Chuck Stilphen of Oakland’s The Trappist, and cult-famous Danish brewer Mikkel Borg Bjergsø (who also owns three Mikkeler Bars and a brewery in Denmark). There are almost 50 beers on offer at any given time, with 42 on tap and a handful by the bottle, with a heavy focus on European brews as well as Mikkeller brews, including several brewed specifically for the S.F. location like a Tenderloin Pilsner, and a TenderBrown Ale. See the full beer menu as of Friday's opening via Inside Scoop SF.
Also, there's a food menu, focused on sausages and charcuterie, from chef Michael O'Brien.
Mikkeller Bar is open nightly from 5 p.m. to midnight, and until 2 a.m. Thursday to Saturday.
Driftwood, which replaces Kok Bar on Folsom (in the space that was legendarily home to leather bars the Ramrod and My Place), has also just opened, featuring a cocktail menu and laid-back vibe. The DNA of half a century ago has been scrubbed off and painted over in the back room, which is now home to a living room-like setup with a new wood floor. But, in a nod to its past, the new owners have held on to a 2.5-foot-tall carved wood penis sculpture that's been an icon of the place for years. See some photos over at Eater.
And yesterday marked the opening of the revamped Dogpatch Saloon (2496 3rd Street at 22nd) from the team of guys behind 83 Proof. You'll also find a new cocktail menu here, with a dozen original creations, and a remodeled interior featuring things like a piece of old Muni track salvaged for use as a bar rail. See some more details via Eater.