Bus Stop Saloon, an iconic SF sports bar, has been a staple on Union Street since it opened over 100 years ago. This week, the bar is getting a new neighbor right above it. Left Door is a cocktail lounge inspired by the vibe of an old-school members-only club (minus the exclusivity). Instead, the bar invited San Franciscans to enjoy signature cocktails and small bites.
You can find SF’s newest bar perched above the iconic saloon on the corner of Union and Laguna, with the entrance to the second-floor bar being “the door to the left” hence the name. The bar is a big contrast to its closest neighbor, Bus Stop. Bus Stop features pool tables, plenty of TVs for games, and affordable, classic drinks resulting in a packed the bar every weekend. Meanwhile, Left Door offers a more elevated experience, with craft cocktails, a raw bar, and even a luxe caviar service.
Cocktails are priced at $21, with a selection of martinis offered at the same rate. Highlights from the menu’s small plate options include a Wagyu Carpaccio, a braised lamb dish, and Affogato for dessert. Victoria Chow is responsible for the cocktail program, and Paul Toxqui is the head chef responsible for the menu.
The interior is an eclectic mix, making you feel like you’re in a living room with plush seating while also being surrounded by eccentric art, rich colors, and bold wallpaper. A fireplace and large bay windows are reminiscent of many Victorian apartments that San Franciscans know and love.
Left Door asks its guests to limit phone usage to encourage a present experience, which seems fitting for the bar’s nostalgic vibe. Left door opens On November 22, 2023 at 5:30 pm. Reservations are encouraged, but walk-ins are always welcome. Hours include Tuesday and Wednesday, 5:30 to 12:00, and Thursday- Saturday, 5:30 to 2:00 am.