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Drink here now: Stookey’s Club Moderne.


Tim Stookey is a barkeep cut from a Dashiell Hammett novel, his Jazz Age demeanor a perfect echo of that bygone era—and the same is true of Stookey’s Club Moderne, his newly minted cocktail saloon.

Situated in Nob Hill and decked out with green banquettes and red tables, it’s an appealing box theater for the spirit-soaked show performed every night by its owner. The Saturday night crowd is thick with gals with hair piled high and gents in suits. Trimmed in teapot blue, Club Moderne is intimate yet whimsical—a decided departure from the many barrooms of hardwood and iron that have opened of late. Instead, it shares DNA with Bix, the Tadich Grill, and House of Shields, joints with a similar antique aesthetic and equally well-considered refreshment.

The bar is further distinguished by Stookey himself, a veteran, hands-on owner. When asked which of his concoctions is a can’t-miss, his answer is unequivocal: “you gotta try 100 Reasons rye!” and he’s right: the drink—James E. Pepper rye, Punt e Mes, Cointreau, and Regan’s Orange Bitters—is delicious. Hammett wouldn’t miss it. 895 Bush St. (at Taylor St.), 415-212-8180


Originally published in the April issue of San Francisco 

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