Lately, it seems we’ve been having a mini-revitalization of nightlife in the Inner Sunset. First, we had the Blackthorn transform from a run-of-the-mill bar to a great place to have a drink and a good time.
Now, the new owners of what was once the dull, boring Eldos Brewery, have transformed that venue into the new Wunder Brewing Company – and if you haven’t been there yet, I strongly advise you to do so. Many may be put off by the space since it once housed such a boring, lame restaurant. Erase said memories and start anew, forthwith!
First, a word about happy hour – this is probably one of the best bargain happy hours I’ve found in a while. Not only do they sell their beers for a mere $2.25 (i.e. less than what one pays for crap beer at a corporate chain) from 4:30-6:30, they also have a special menu of discount-priced items as well. How good is the food? Well, put it this way – I hate sweet potato fries, normally considering them an anomaly at best, and yet they make some so good I actually enjoyed eating them (and no I wasn’t that plastered either). I also tried their homemade pretzels (amazing) and the rest of the menu looked pretty good.
Not only is the beer significantly better, the atmosphere of this place is significantly more friendly and in touch with the neighborhood. The staff are friendly and funny, the vibe of the place is relaxed and unpretentious. and from the looks of their website they are planning special events and other attractions in the future.
Once again, the Inner Sunset’s nightlife just took a turn for the better, and took a once-dull and cold space and turned it into somewhere you’d want to be. Whether it’s having a drink after a craptacular N commute, or meeting up with friends for a night out, your best best is another locally owned, fun, and reasonably priced venue here on the N Judah line.
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They are also trying out some theme nights… last night was Tuesday tacos & movies. In a nutshell, they serve up $2 tacos and $2.25 house pints from 6:30 till close on Tuesdays. They showed the South Park movie and then one or two others on their massive flat screens at a volume that allowed you to listen without having to yell to the person next to you (unlike Eldo’s, who seemed to have turned up the volume and thrown away the knob).
If they’ve tossed the carousel horses (left over from the Golden Gate Brewery days), I’m there!
I hadn’t been to Wunder in a few months, but dropped by last night. First, I was amazed they weren’t full.
The next surprise was the menu. It’s now a single page with only 3 dinner items. Also, there’s was only one waitress.
So I asked her what’s up? She said Wunder is trying to save money by cutting back so they don’t go out of business.
However, with almost no menu and almost no service, I can’t say I’ll be going back to Wunder. I also can’t imagine they’ll still be in business in 6 months.
I have not been there in a while but that is not a good sign. I’m suprised to hear it because their beer prices were really good at happy hour. I think they’ve had some service problems (when I took my mom there after her day at the museum their chef didn’t bother to show up to work that day which delayed our lunch bigtime) at the same time they need to get on it and stay in biz. They mean well and are locals.