Gavin and Hilary Newsom's PlumpJack Group (Balboa Cafe, MatrixFillmore) has recently been extending its influence to the city's southern reaches, and the first of the company's new projects, SOMA cocktail bar Forgery, will debut tonight. Housed in the former home of Sloane at Mission and South Van Ness, Forgery is the first half of a planned entertainment complex, with an adjoining (but separate) nightclub due later this year. The company has also acquired the Mission's recently shuttered Lexington Club, which it plans to turn into a bar as well.
To lead the charge at Forgery, PlumpJack has brought on Kimpton alumni Jacques Bezuidenhout and Ken Luciano, who've devised a menu of creative drinks like the Cadiz, with cumin-infused vodka, passionfruit, and manzanilla sherry, and the Dr. Tequila, which combines tequila, Dr. Loosen riesling, lemon, Laphroaig, and egg whites. There are also some riffs on classics, like a Pimm's Cup with coffee-infused gin and Thai chili, and a Gibson made with Absolut Elyx vodka and dill-infused vermouth. Here's the full drink menu.
The Forgery space is divided in two: there's a front bar area with a sizable back bar focused on single-malt Scotch, gin, and Calvados, and a large mezzanine with armchairs and wraparound couches. ShopWorks is behind the design, which emphasizes the space's original exposed-brick walls and high ceilings. Hours for Forgery are Sunday-Monday and Wednesday-Thursday, 4 pm-12 am, and Friday-Saturday, 5 pm-2 am (closed Tuesdays). Expect the nightclub, whose name and concept are still TBD, to arrive in late summer.