The new Virgin Hotels San Francisco opened in February, and tonight, April 3, is the debut of its swanky new rooftop bar — chilly weather be damned.
The rooftop bar/lounge is called Everdene, and given its location on Fourth Street in SoMa, you can count on some stunning views of SF's ever-expanding skyline.
Perhaps to remind us of the Virgin brand's Britishness, the name comes from a character in a 19th century Thomas Hardy novel, Far From The Madding Crowd, named Bathsheba Everdene. Bustle recently referred to her as "literature's forgotten feminist hero," and Virgin Hotels says that "this bar pays homage to [strong, independent women] in a city that celebrates strong women and those who love them."
The rooftop bar includes both indoor and outdoor spaces, with the indoor "Salon" reflecting the hotel's swanky vibe, and the outdoor portions aiming for a lush garden vibe. There are also a couple of spots that will likely be constantly in demand for office gatherings and birthdays: the Patio and the Secret Garden, which can both be reserved for private parties.
Entertainment will come from a rotating assortment of DJs, and the hotel promises and eclectic mix, night to night, of electronic, vintage funk and soul, indie rock, and hip hop music.
Eventually there will be a range of programming in the space including brunches, outdoor movie screenings, and sunrise yoga classes. But they're keeping things simple for now, and initial opening hours are evenings only, 5 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., Tuesday to Saturday.
There's also lounge food from Quince and Benu alum chef Adrian Garcia (think tuna tostadas and fritto misto), and a menu of signature cocktails. These include: Her Majesty’s Pleasure (Tapatio blanco, cucumber, snap peas, mint, and lime juice), and Love, Honor, and Betrayal (Spring 44 Gin, apricot, lemon juice, lavender, and Pommery sparkling wine), as well as large-format cocktails for groups like the Midsummer Revelry (Macchu pisco, Tempus Fugit creme de noyaux, and Ballard Lane pinot noir).
Everdene does not take reservations, and walk-ins are welcome (I'm guessing, like Charmaine's on mid-Market, there will be a constant line outside). Find more info here, and private party inquiries should go to [email protected].