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BuzzWorks, From Butter Team, Bringing Beer, Sports, and Arcade Games to SOMA

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[Photo courtesy Vlad Cood]

Beer continues to be big business in SF. Hot on the heels of the recently-announced brewery project at 18th and Mission comes BuzzWorks, a microbrewery, arcade bar, and sports mecca that's set to land between Slim's and DNA Lounge on 11th Street. The project comes from Vlad Cood, who also owns fried-food and Jell-O shot destination Butter across the street.

Described by Cood as a "man cave on steroids," BuzzWorks will be equal parts sports bar and "barcade," with billiards and foosball tables, classic arcade machines, pinball, darts and more. The aesthetic will be "techie-steampunk," according to Cood, with South Park's Michael Harris Architecture incorporating details like the fully functional beam-crane from the building's former life as a welding and motorcycle repair shop. A mezzanine is being built in the rear of the space, and a long bar will run along the north wall, surrounded by high-top tables and additional bar seating areas.

With seating capacity for 200, and over 20 HDTVs throughout the space, BuzzWorks is going to be an ambitious project, one that gets even more complex once food comes into the picture. Though BuzzWorks won't have a kitchen of its own, Cood's staff will deliver anything from nearby spots like Bar Agricole, Basil Canteen, Bergerac, Slim's, Cathead's BBQ, Don Ramon's and many more. Diners can peruse the menus of the various establishments and place an order with a BuzzWorks server, who'll handle calling in and picking up the food and delivering it right to your barstool. The bar has also devised a solution for days when multiple games are running simultanously: screens will be muted so that individual parties can listen in to their preferred channel wirelessly, through what Cood is calling the "Pirate Buzz-radio" system.

The idea of all this assistance, of course, is to keep your eyes on the game and your hand on a pint, which will come courtesy of BuzzWorks beer director and brewmaster Lyle Farrell. In addition to brewing his own creations, Farrell will curate a NorCal-heavy beer and cider list, along with a handful of imported beers, wines, sake and soju.

If all goes according to plan, BuzzWorks should debut in January, just in time for the NFL playoffs. Considering it'll be the second arcade bar to open in the next six months, it's probably time to start dusting off your Donkey Kong and Centipede skills.

· The Castro Is Getting an Arcade Bar [~ ESF ~]
· Regarding the Ridiculous Drinks and Trashy Food at Butter [~ ESF ~]
· Citizen Fox, A Brewery/Incubator, Coming to the Mission [~ ESF ~]
· All Coming Attractions [~ ESF ~]


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