SoMa: The zebra carpets went out earlier this year along with the formal white tablecloths, and now the latest move in the Laurent Manrique era of the Fifth Floor is the reinvention of the adjacent 44-seat lounge area. They're calling it Honor Bar, and as Thrillist points out, that's exactly what it is:
... while master Sommelier Emily Wines (seriously) will suggest a price for her hand-picked, daily-rotating selection of 6 vinos ($8-$15 per glass, $25 per flight), how much you actually drop in the provided lockbox is between you, your conscience, and Crossing Over's John Edward.
So, yeah, for those six select wines, payment is based on the honor system. We've been wondering when someone would try something like this here (especially with the name, in a hotel setting). Given the restaurant's price point, the state of the economy and the otherwise non-descript nature of the lounge area, dare we say the Fifth Floor—a restaurant that probably would like to appeal to a broader demographic than in days past—actually seems like a fitting place to run this little experiment?
· Honor Bar [Thrillist]
· Eater Inside: Fifth Floor [~ESF~]
—Photo: Jennifer Yin