The former Deco Lounge space on Larkin has completed its transition into Emperor Norton's Boozeland, a roomy and comfortable spot that combines the slightly seedy finery of its gilded entrance with all the elements of a solid neighborhood bar, including a pool table, shuffleboard, and well-sheltered back patio.
The Benders Bar team is behind the revamp, which revives the spirit of the self-proclaimed Imperial Majesty Emperor Norton, a notorious eccentric on the San Francisco scene in the mid-19th century. In keeping with their theme, the owners of Bender's issued a grandiloquent proclamation heralding the opening of Boozeland as a bar "to make such alterations in the existing landscape of the Tenderloin, ameliorate the evils under which the country is laboring, and thereby cause confidence to exist, both at home and abroad, in our stability and integrity."
We can't be sure, but we're pretty convinced all that fancy talk amounts to a full bar, a rockin' jukebox, and a refurbished upstairs room for private events, plus plenty of brews on tap (think Estaminet, Deschutes, Lagunitas and Mirror Pond) and a solid selection of bottled beers.
Emperor Norton's Boozeland doesn't have a cocktail menu, but with solid bar staff, friendly neighborhood service and a name like Boozeland, you're sure to find a drink to fit your needs. Boozeland is now open daily from noon to 2 am.