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Ho's Bootleg Tavern Brings Much-Needed Late Night Food and Drink to Russian Hill

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The bar is finally up and running after a rocky start

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There’s a chance you may have already gone to Russian Hill’s Ho’s Bootleg Tavern — it opened for a bit with just drinks in November before owners Masaye Waugh and Jerrid Wood (Tonic) closed the bar to finish up the space. Now, though, the remodel is completely complete and Ho’s Bootleg Tavern has all the drinks and all the food the neighborhood needs. Consulting chef Tim Luym (The Attic, Poleng Lounge) put together a menu, in full below, that works for the bar concept, of American comfort classics (spicy barbecue wings, loaded potato skins, burger) and some Asian-influenced dishes as well (furikake popcorn, dumplings).

The best part is that the food is available late night, something the neighborhood is sorely lacking. "I’ve been working in this neighborhood for eight years and there isn’t much late night food besides a street meat hot dog or pizza, and and even then you have to walk pretty far," Waugh told Eater. "So hopefully it’s giving people what they want; something that’s not available right now." On weekends, drinks are served until 2 a.m. (as late as the city allows), but the kitchen is open until 3 a.m. (1:30 a.m. on weekdays). Perhaps most exciting of all is the late night ramen, available nightly starting at 12 a.m. Ho’s takes the famous Top Ramen and dresses it up with chicken, egg, bok choy and nori.

Drinks are also well-priced for this city: Cocktails fall in the $10 range, while beers are $4 to $5 and wine around $8. Ho’s is open Tuesday through Sunday from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m., and until 3 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Ho's Bootleg Tavern

2360 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94109

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