An iconic SF bar officially reopened its doors after a brief hiatus during the pandemic. Starlite is officially back, with a refreshed, new take, while still harkening back to its storied past. The cocktail bar sits atop the Beacon Grand, offering cocktails and sweeping views of the city.
Starlite first opened in the 1920’s during prohibition, and it has been known to host dazzling parties, drag brunches, and some iconic celebrities (Beat poet, Alan Ginsburg, for instance). While the reopening is ushered in with a significant renovation and new menus, it’s still very reminiscent of the past. The swanky art deco interior is nostalgic for the bar’s early years, and a curated selection of vinyl featuring soul, funk, glam, disco, and groove will play at nightly listening parties. SF native DJ Nina Tarr is behind the music curation. Luxe jewel tones compliment the art-deco design, with eclectic art populating the walls. You can sip your drinks at the bar or around one of the small tables with plush chairs.
Starlite’s drink menu was crafted by Scott Baird of Trick Dog, known for its award-winning cocktails. The signature cocktails include a Porn Star Martini, Cable Care Redux, and Espresso Breakfast Martini. You’ll also find familiar favorites on the menu, such as a Whisky Sour and French 75. You can also choose from their wine selection, including bubbly, rose, and more. A menu of small bites created by award-winning chef Johnny Spero features caviar, oysters, and savory hot fried chicken buns, and even a classic sundae to satisfy your sweet tooth.
The bar is located on the 21st floor of the Beacon Grand Hotel in Union Square. Starlite is currently open from 4 pm to 1 am Thursday through Saturday and 2 pm to 11 pm on Sunday. The Beacon Grand is at 450 Powell.