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Back in September, we reported that self-described beverage geek Kristian Cosentino planned to open a bar stocked with high-end spirits and rare libations of every kind. Dubbed Dirty Water, Cosentino's pet project had a spring opening in mind for the Market and Van Ness spot. Now, plans (and locations) have changed, as Cosentino was offered a 6,252-square-foot berth inside Twitter headquarters for his ambitious bar concept.
"It was a deal I couldn't refuse," he says of the new location, which will occupy the space directly between AQ's upcoming Bon Marché space and the new incarnation of long-departed San Francisco spot Cadillac Bar and Grill. But though the address has changed, the general plans have not: still in the works are a 50-foot bar, 52 short-draw beer taps, 115 wines by the glass (made possible with the Coravin system) and rare spirits like Pappy Van Winkle bourbon and Cantillon lambics. Cocktails will come from Ziryab bar manager Zachary Brian Taylor.
Jared Gallagher of Michelin-starred Chez TJ will be doing the food, which will have a hearty, wild-game focus, with meats like bison, squab and more cooked over a fire pit. Designed to play with the spot's focus on bourbon, beer and Barolos, the paleo-style menu (which Gallagher dubs "primal cooking") will be served in shareable portions for a communal dining experience; when you order the chicken, for instance, you'll get the entire bird.
Arcsine is handling the interior design for the massive space, which will include 250-275 seats, a lounge patio and segmented dining room. A beer garden in the building's courtyard, complete with fire, lounge chairs and grass, will certainly be a major draw for the mid-Market tech crowd. Stay tuned for updates.