New ’70s-themed cocktail bar, for the record, opens in Cow Hollow


Two Future Bars alums, Barry John Walsh and Janice Bailon, bring a 1970s disco and funk vibe to the Cow Hollow space that once housed Michael Mina’s Test Kitchen (and more recently U:Dessert Story).

For the record, Walsh’s new 1970s-inspired bar project opens tonight (Wednesday) at 2120 Greenwich Street. Eater has a photo set of the Maud-period interior, which is heavy on orange, brown and gold – the signature color scheme of the mid-70s – as well as avocado leather seats at the bar.

The menu’s ten signature drinks are named after songs from the era and into the mid-’80s, and Walsh promises that For the Record’s soundtrack will be limited to disco, funk and soul only. And there are also disco balls hanging from the ceiling.

The drink selection looks very colorful – with the California Soul with a touch of Campari in a mix of vodka, Lillet and sparkling wine for a sunset look; and the blue-violet hues of Superfly, made with mezcal, lemon, passion fruit, blue spirulina and a touch of ’70s ingredient Galliano.

Bailon, who was previously a bartender at Bourbon & Branch, created the showy drinks menu, which also includes the bright purple superstition, made with house-made ube orgeat, aged rum, coconut and coffee.

She also has a selection of mini cocktails she calls “Cheekies” because they’re “just enough to fill your cheek,” as Eater reports. These include something called Bad Girls, which is a mix of mezcal and Brucato Amaro. Sounds like a shot to me!

Consulting chef Frank Hua of Hawaiian pop-up Unco Frank’s has created a concise menu for For the Record, which includes deviled eggs, Caesar salad and coconut shrimp, all loosely inspired by holiday cooking from the 1960s. 1970.

For the Record joins a handful of new cocktail bars that have debuted so far this year, including the opening of the Lobby Bar at the Castro last week and the Bottle Club Pub at the Tenderloin near Union Square. The new rooftop terrace bar, Kaiyo Rooftop, also opened near Oracle Park in SoMa in February.

For the Record opens at 5 p.m. and will be open Tuesday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to midnight; Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.; and Sunday from 3 p.m. to midnight.


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