The Last of the Neighborhood Bars (San Francisco's Tsk Tsk)
In an age of delivery services and with the stentorian echoes of dot.commers financing social ventures,the days of the 'Cheers' bar seem wretchedly lost. What remains?Nothing but a distant memory absorbed into sticky circles of clouded pints lining dusty, now-shuttered, neighborhood bars. Save, perhaps, for Justin Lew and Ian Scalzo's,'Tsk Tsk.'
Not dissimilar to the neighborhood that surrounds it,San Francisco's Tsk Tsk is a little old-school (skeeball) with just the right amount of contemporary goodness (stiff alcoholic slushies.) Which is a pretty perfect combination considering you're going to have to survive the holidays.
Like a larger-than-life painting propped up in the basement of an art gallery, a willfully provocative portrait of a woman in a state of déshabillé lines the wall of a room aptly described as minimalist. But like all artists,Lew & Scalzo manage to surprise us; sitting next to a wall of alcoholic slushies comes a diverse list of apertifs and high-end liquors.Old meets new turns familiar.
Inevitably Lew & Scalzo's affable nature is matched by a savvy pedigree and thus, Tsk Tsk is set to become something else in 2016. Until then, though, it's exactly what gets us through the cold months:A local watering hole that reminds of whom we once were. And if their resume stands for anything, Lew & Scalzo intimate what we might possibly become, again.
*Tsk Tsk serves up a small menu of 'Bacon, Bacon.' A familiar and fitting trapping for its present iteration.