Party Earth Review Tucked above the lobby of the boutique Mystic Hotel, Burritt Room has only been part of Union Square’s nightlife since 2010 – but given that the building went up a hundred years prior, this watering hole has an old-time... ... read full review
417 Stockton Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
MUNI F Line: Market Street & Kearny Street
M–Th, Su 5pm–midnight, F–Sa 5pm–2am
Best to call ahead as venue is frequently rented out for private parties
Downtown / Financial District, San Francisco –
Tucked above the lobby of the boutique Mystic Hotel, Burritt Room has only been part of Union Square’s nightlife since 2010 – but given that the building went up a hundred years prior, this watering hole has an old-time feel far beyond its years.
Named after the adjoining alleyway – the site of a murder in the Humphrey Bogart classic, The Maltese Falcon – the small space was originally the hotel’s lobby, but now serves as a hideaway for hip young professionals and fashionable ladies seeking classic cocktails.
Faded wainscoting and well-worn exposed brick line the room, with vintage chandeliers and candles casting a dim light over the dapper hotel guests that often join the early post-work crowd.
Drinks are intricate and change seasonally, so the black-vested bartenders often rely on California’s wealth of citrus to enhance top-shelf bourbons and whiskeys, but are also quick to whip up original, fruit-free concoctions based on a patron’s specifications.
Near the bar, a vintage white piano is helmed on Wednesdays by a performer playing Metallica or Gnarls Barkley covers, while jazz acts or hip-hop DJs are known to entice occasional couples out onto the white-tiled floor.
Not known as a dance space, Burritt Room attracts a trendy clientele content to listen, sip, and lounge the evening away on red velvet sofas – just like Bogart would have done.
Hip mixology buffs, trendy young professionals, speakeasy lovers, and older hotel guests, late 20s to 40s.
Off-kilter piano set followed by a DJ on Wednesdays, jazz combo on Thursdays, and DJs on the weekend. Occasional live music or DJs on other nights. Call venue for lineup.
Bar bites and small plates including roasted nuts, chicken skewers, cheese and meat plates, and shrimp cocktails. The Burritt Tavern next door features both lunch and dinner options by award winning chef Charlie Palmer with salads, burgers, seafood, and steaks.
Burritt Room: Bar food $6–$16. Beer $4–$10, wine $10, cocktails $8–$11.
Burritt Tavern: Sides $8–$10, salads $12–$15, sandwiches $14–$16, mains $20–$39.
Hipster chic to trendy: leather jackets, blouses, slacks, button-downs, dark dresses.
Wednesday or Thursday nights for the live music, or Friday and Saturday nights when this small venue sees the biggest crowds.
The Occidental Cigar Club (471 Pine Street) is another classy, old-timey throwback devoted to a different – and smokeable – vice. Or if you're hungry, slide next door to the Burritt Tavern for some tavern food with a modern twist.