San Francisco-South Market
May 11, 2018
WISH in an optimistically-named lounge bar on Folsom with more than a touch of San Francisco colour in its clientele. Describing itself as ‘the place that House has a home’ this once industrial space an old 1920s concrete building that at one stage did time as an iron forge is now a plush up-market lounge area. Lit by a deep red glow and with fine leather couches to recline on, the place suggests a certain patrician class rather than posiness. Yet the clientele cannot be boxed in either way: a happy mix of suits, gays, straights, clubbers, trendies and down home regulars, who come for the good music, reasonably-priced beers and fine cocktails and, not least, because service is friendly and spot on. Staff will carry large drinks to your tables and add a little extra shot of rum in your Caiparinha if you tip them well. Happy hour is really happy three hours (5-8pm), offering very reasonable prices on beers and cocktails. The crowd are as friendly and laid back as the staff. High beamed ceilings, lots of red drapes and candlelight make for a surprisingly intimate venue, with plenty of comfy lounge seating. DJs play every night, making the joint lively without being in your face or overwhelming, so you can chill out to the tunes in better comfort than most House focused venues would offer. If that wasn’t enough in its favour, the venue also has a stated green policy to minimise its impact on the environment. Oh, how we Wish more bars were like this.