[Photo: Rose Garrett]
Though the Royal Tug Yacht Club remains open on the corner of Taylor and Bush, only weeks remain before the nautically-themed bar is put out to sea. Taking its place is Club Moderne, which, as previously reported, is a new project from Presidio Social Club bar manager Tim Stookey, his fiancée Leslie Cole and her cousin Aaron Cole.
Tablehopper scored intel on the new concept, which will bring a more refined edge to the corner location (before the Royal Tug, it was occupied by the infamous Yong San Lounge). On the way is an Art Deco look and feel, which will hearken back to the close of Prohibition in the 1930s.
The Club Moderne team is currently on the hunt for appropriate accent pieces for their decor, including a vintage back bar, and they also plan on hosting monthly get-togethers to drink and talk about topics like SF history, cocktails, film and more. As for drinks, details are still scarce, but Stookey plans on including classic cocktails like a Corpse Reviver #2 and a Chelsea Sidecar, in keeping with the theme. And, this being San Francisco, there'll also be a focus on seasonal, local and fresh cocktail ingredients.
It looks like the Royal Tug will close its doors sometime within the next few weeks, with Club Moderne taking over sometime in the vicinity of October 1st.
· Tim Stookey and Fiancée Opening Stookey's Club Moderne [Tablehopper]
· The Royal Tug Yacht Club to Shutter This Month [~ ESF ~]
· The Royal Tug, A Yacht Club For the Rest of Us [~ ESF ~]