In case you haven’t heard, two new nightclubs are heading to downtown San Francisco, and the owners are betting on the fact that the story of the mass rejection of science fiction is overblown.
Last fall, SFist told you about The Dawn Club, a revival of a mid-20th-century jazz club with an entrance just off Market Street that returns in a redesigned and restored form to the same underground space it occupied in the 1930s and 40s. x years. . This space is located in the basement of the Monadnock Building (685 Market Street) and the entrance will again be in the lane that leads to the service entrance of the Palace Hotel at 10 Annie Street.
The team behind him is led by Future Bars partners Doug Dalton and Brian Sheehy. Future Bars is the hospitality group behind Bourbon & Branch, Pagan Idol, Rickhouse and more recent stage works such as Bottle Club Pub and Nightingale.
Sheehy told SF Business Times that they are planning The Dawn Club to open in the spring – probably sometime in May – and the continued life of the $3 million project is due in large part to Brookfield Properties’ landlords (who also own Stonestown’s owner) being lenient. their rent during the pandemic and help keep the project alive.
Part of the deal also includes the move of two other Future Bars businesses to outdoor space at Monadnock – Lark Bar (formerly Dave’s) on Third Street and a nearby Cask bottle shop. Brookfield believes these three businesses will provide the building with amenities that benefit everyone in the long run.
As SFist discussed in October, The Dawn Club was a notable venue for what has been called the Great American Jazz Revival, when young musicians just before World War II began to rediscover and be inspired by old New Orleans jazz. This space also featured integrated bands at a time when this was not allowed by the local musicians’ union.
The new 4,000-square-foot Dawn Club will feature live music, an extensive whiskey collection and a bar program led by Future Bars bartender Jason Wilde.
A few blocks away on Minna Street, the former Harlot nightclub is also coming alive and used as a lounge and event space. The Business Times reports that it is receiving a $2 million renovation and will reopen this fall as Madarae, a place focused on weekday happy hours and weekend night lounge nights.
Madarae is owned by Arash Ganadan who owns Dahlia, Novela and Barbarossa. He promises the new club will bring a “whole new experience” to downtown with “state of the art” audio and visual elements, as well as Dan McGee’s new cocktail program. The menu is already online and includes a bar snack menu with caviar, a cheese platter, and sandwich options.
The business’s nascent website bills it as a “boutique cocktail bar and private club,” and Ganadan told Business Times that there will be a private VIP area as well as a glass-enclosed smoking section. A section of the website is devoted to advertising memberships, which are free and purportedly intended as a marketing tool.
Pre-orders are currently available for cocktails next week and beyond, so it’s unclear when the revamp will take place. The Business Times notes that the space has been used for private events for some time now.
In related news: The historic bank building in Sutter and Sansom is under renovation to become a new luxury bar and restaurant called Holbrook House, which we first heard about almost a year ago. The timing of the opening of this project remains unclear, but may be later this year.
Photo: interior at Harlot/Madarae, from the Madarae website.