The Brixton’s roomy second location, officially known as Brixton on 2nd, is now open in SoMa, bringing its Cow Hollow pub vibes to a very different neighborhood. Not only is it near the hustle and bustle of Oracle Park, but it’s taking up residence at the bottom of a condo building in a much less residential area than its home base on Union Street, making non-game day regulars a key strategy for the restaurant’s success.
As such, the interior has been designed by as a comfortable, open space with plenty of leather couches, rugs, and other home-y touches. The 24-foot bar is spacious enough to stop in for a beer and a burger, while communal tables, banquettes, and plenty of cafe seating makes room for drinkers, diners, or laptop users of all kinds. Concert photography can be found on walls throughout the space, a nod to the restaurant’s London namesake, a music venue.
Most importantly, however: The patio, a holdover from former tenant Paragon, is ready for action with a retractable door that lets that sweet SoMa sunlight into the rest of the dining room. There are also two private dining rooms, respectively named 24 and 44: References to the uniform numbers of Giants legends Willie Mays and Willie McCovey.
Food is from Banks White, culinary director for the restaurant group that also includes Rambler. “It’s by the ballpark, a block away, but the people that live there 365 days of the year want a neighborhood restaurant they can rely on,” White told Eater SF. New dishes specific to Brixton on 2nd include a short rib grilled cheese with caramelized onions, smoked cheddar, frisee and wild baby arugula, and Filipino fried ribs with calamansi. Cocktails are all updated classics, like the Brixton bramble with gin, lemon, and blackberry, sazeracs, and basil-cucumber gimlets. Check out photos and the full menu below.
The Brixton (701 Second Street,) will be open daily for lunch and dinner from 10:30 a.m.- 12 a.m., with a version of its very popular brunch set to open in coming months. The all day dining option — and especially a lengthy happy hour from 3 p.m.- 7 p.m. — will be clutch for luring in neighborhood residents for Verve coffee, burgers, and day-drinking.
The updated look and menu won’t just apply to the the new location, however. The Brixton on Union Street will also get an interior remodel, and some changes to the menu. Stay tuned for more on the completion of that project.