Party Earth Review The remnants of old Hollywood live on at Monroe, an upscale lounge that infuses a little classic celebrity glamour into the hard-partying North Beach scene. With ubiquitous dark wood flooring, sleek low banquettes, and... ... read full review
473 Broadway Street
San Francisco, CA 94133
MUNI F Line: The Embarcadero & Broadway
Tu–W 5–10pm, Th–F 5pm–2am, Sa–Su 10pm–2am
North Beach / Telegraph Hill, San Francisco –
The remnants of old Hollywood live on at Monroe, an upscale lounge that infuses a little classic celebrity glamour into the hard-partying North Beach scene.
With ubiquitous dark wood flooring, sleek low banquettes, and wall-sized fashion and art tapestries bearing everything from galloping horses to sultry models, the venue packs a lot into its already spacious interior.
Happy Hour sees the pair of marble-topped bars lined with twenty- and thirty-something financial types from Downtown – either snacking on cheese plates or sipping half-priced wine poured straight from the barrel – as mellow house music plays in the background.
When the work week fades into the weekend, however, the bare-bulb chandeliers dim, DJs turn up the music, and a fashionable crowd of clubbers makes its way onto the intimate dance floor. Suburban girls dolled up in satin tops reserve the VIP tables in back, sinking into long M-shaped couches to nosh on flatbreads and organic strawberries, while guys in designer jeans and button-downs offer to buy them avant-garde cocktails like the tequila and champagne-powered Bubbly Sanchez.
A caged patio keeps the party animals from spilling onto the street when they need a smoke break, and also frees up the sidewalk for the long line that usually forms by 11pm.
Exuding old-fashioned class and frequented by pretty, contemporary people, the Monroe is a cool and swanky nightspot that surely would have pleased Marilyn herself.
Trendy mix of young professionals, club types, suburban partiers classing it up for the weekend, and moneyed lounge lovers, mid-20s to late 30s.
DJs spin Top 40, house, electronica, pop, and rock remixes Tuesdays through Saturdays.
Bar bites including olives, nuts, charcuterie, and cheese plates. Happy Hour Tu–F 5–7pm. Open bar F 5–6pm.
Cover charge $0–$20, though usually free before 11pm if on guest list. Bar bites $4–$12. Beer $5–$9, wine/champagne $8–$12/glass or $23–$120/bottle, shots and cocktails $9–$15, bottle service $200–$300.
Trendy: cocktail dresses, suits, designer jeans, cashmere sweaters, heels, dress shoes. Dress code: no sports attire, tennis shoes, baggy clothing, baseball caps, or ripped jeans.
Thursday nights to avoid the cover charge and still groove to a DJ, early on Fridays for the open bar, or Friday and Saturday nights after 11pm for a packed house of pretty people.
Coi Restaurant (373 Broadway) serves up incredibly intricate multi-course meals to guests with hefty credit card limits.