The 16-year-old Laszlo has been closed for renovations the past few months, but Thursday, May 12 marks the music bar’s grand reopening. "We wanted to keep it fundamentally San Francisco in a sense that you kind of feel like you’re in the west," chef/owner Gayle Pirie (Foreign Cinema) told Eater. "We are the wild west, and the Mission for me is very authentically bohemian, so we wanted to keep it bohemian. Once we get a patina on it and people in there, it will be really good."
The space was redone by Praxis Architects (who designed the original bar) with the intention to "move away the space from its loft-like feel." There’s still the second floor, but the handsome bar is now the main focal point, as is the DJ booth (with a new sound system) that will feature rotating talent like DJs Felix the Dog, Saurus, and Delon. Look through photos of the finished space below.
Along with the interior, the food and drink menus have been revamped, with food from Pirie and movie-inspired cocktails from Foreign Cinema bar manager Nicky Beyries. Pirie went for quick food that you can easily eat standing up and accompanies cocktails wells. "Little savory bites for when you're having a strong cocktail and sometimes you just need a few calories to help it all go down easier," she explained.
As for Beyries, Pirie brought her on because "she thinks like a chef, she changes things out a lot, and she’s seasonally minded like we are," she said. You can see the menu in full below.
Hours for the new Laszlo are Monday through Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 12 a.m., Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 2 a.m., Friday from 3 p.m. to 2 a.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.