[Photos: Patricia Chang]
It's a new day for the former Pasha spot on Broadway, which has been completely transformed into Taps Social House & Kitchen. Softly opening today, the new spot offers an abundance of beers on tap, but that's not all. Lest you confuse Taps with a cut-and-dried sports bar, keep in mind the "kitchen" in the name: former Leopold's chef Mike Lamina is handling the menu, and this is a spot for elevated pub food, alongside an expansive draft selection.
Dawn Morf, who co-owns the spot along with Giovanni Toracca, says that the revamped 6,000-square-foot space was designed to evoke a cozy and comfortable "old San Francisco" vibe, combined with some industrial and equine touches (the address used to be the site of an old livery, and two horseshoes were excavated during the renovation). Two giant televisions hang over the bar for any sports-watching needs, and a large mural featuring a collage of city landmarks graces one wall, while a Victorian lady sipping a pint is painted on the other. The front bar area alone seats close to 100, but Taps has a secret: another room in back that will feature a raw bar serving oysters and clams on the half shell.
Lamina's interest in butchery and charcuterie is evident from the menu, which features appetizers like poutine with smoked pork-jowl gravy, duck confit scrapple, and a terrine board with headcheese, paté and liver mousse. Vegetarians will be able to subsist on pea soup, arugula with endive and dates, and wild mushroom gnudi, but the entrees are carnivore central, with rotisserie suckling pig, lamb shepherd's pie and wood-grilled bavette steak. Bar snacks include housemade pretzel braids with IPA cheese sauce and kennebec fries with malt-vinegar aioli. (See the tentative full menu here.)
As for drinks, the bar has 30 beers on tap, ranging from $5-7. The brew list features local beers like Anchor's California Lager, Speakeasy Prohibition Ale and 21st Amendment's Back in Black, as well as farther-flung brews like Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA, Ommegang Witte and Ninkasi Believer. Bigfoot Lodge alum Jesse Ostroski is managing the bar program, which will feature six to eight seasonally inspired classic cocktails to start, plus four white and four red wines on tap, which range from $9-$13 a glass.
Taps is hoping to be known as not only a great spot to watch football games, but as a comfortable gathering place where families and neighbors are welcome. Initial hours are 4-11pm on weekdays, with later weekend hours until midnight or 1am. They'll be opening at 10am on Sundays for the neighborhood's NFL-watching needs, and hope to roll out brunch and lunch in the near future.
An earlier version of the post did not mention that Giovanni Toracca is a co-owner.