Live music


Local Edition

San Francisco-Financial District

4.4 / 5

May 11, 2018

Downtown's Local Edition is a subterranean bar located in the bowels of the historic Hearst Building, so it's no surprise that the interior is themed in tribute to the mothership.

Downtown’s Local Edition is a subterranean bar located in the bowels of the historic Hearst Building, so it’s no surprise that the interior is themed in tribute to the mothership. The décor consists of framed vintage newspapers, so it’s one of the few places where reading the walls means more than looking at graffiti: you can indulge your nostalgia looking at clippings from times gone by. Inside the main room is set up like a supper club, with a curved back wall lined with red couches and a series of candle-lit four-top tables filling the space, a smattering of old typewriters conjuring up the ghosts of newsrooms of past. The room’s focal point is not a stage, however, but the bar. Though fairly quiet on weeknights once the happy hour crowds have melted away, on weekends the place can get packed with people out to party. Drinks reflect the 1950/60s aesthetic with a section of the list given over to highballs, and updated versions of the Bloody Mary and Gibson. Drinks are well-made (and strong) their take on the Mojito, the Fidel and Che, is recommended. There’s an at table decanter service, too, should you require it, offering a selection of spirits from small production craft distillers. You can reserve a table but they also take walk-ins. The venue hosts movie nights, where you watch films while drinking cocktails chosen to complement the action that’s the kind of coordination we admire. The crowd tends to be older and wealthier, so it’s a bit more mellow most evenings than your average bar, and accordingly occasionally the service isn’t always super speedy. The website states that ‘progressive beverages are served daily’: we’re not sure what it means, but we like how it sounds.