Forgive me if I tell you that my first thought upon walking down the illuminated steps to the lounge-y Press Club wine bar was:
“If I were hip, young and single, man, oh man, would this be the place to hang out.”
Ahem, well, I may be none of those things. But Press Club in downtown San Francisco sure made me feel that I possessed each and every one of those attributes, if only for a night.
You’ll feel that way, too, in this dimly lit, expansive space that’s cozily divided into separate areas to linger in low-slung couches, at tall communal bar tables with chrome and leather stools or at a smattering of seats at the bars.
Take your pick, but don’t dally, as all those seats will surely be snapped up as the night wears on, as folks gather for after-work drinks, a girls-night-out soiree or just to take a load off after an afternoon of shopping on Union Square.
While Press Club has always served food, it used to be more a place you’d stop in for a glass of wine and a quick nibble before heading elsewhere for dinner.
But that changed this spring when Chef Chris Borges of San Francisco’s Taste Catering came on board.
Under his direction, Press Club has transformed into a place where you would be remiss not to stay for the full shebang.