Thursday, January 29, 2015

Sexy Back

Noir Lounge brings a sultry retro vibe to Hayes Valley


Her smile pierces the dimly lit room, a beacon beckoning. She runs her palm softly across the red velvet couch. Pats it once, twice.


You oblige. Soon, she's running that palm across your shoulder. She pats your leg once, twice. She slides the cocktail napkin out from under her glass of prosecco and scribbles furiously on it before sliding the napkin into your jacket pocket.

Her lips brush your ear as she leans in to whisper,
My table is ready at Suppenküche. Call me.

Welcome to Noir Lounge, now pouring 75 wines and 26 beers with a side of retro mystique in Hayes Valley.

It's a femme fatale of a joint with vintage leather chairs, comfy couches, and movie nights utilizing the 104-inch TV (The Maltese Falcon and Vertigo are in queue).

Shutters ingeniously placed over the communal table create vertical shadows on the wall (a classic film noir motif).

But just because this place is going for retro doesn't mean the sips and snacks are old hat. Think Dr Pepper popcorn and pulled pork sliders on a ham & cheese biscuit. Pair your picks with Rancho Sisquoc's robust Tre Vini blend, or a pint of Heretic Brewing's Evil Twin Red Ale.

Red Ale to match that red velvet, obviously.

Noir Lounge
581 Hayes St. (at Laguna), Hayes Valley
(415) 431-6647

Price: 2 (out of 4)
Noise: 3 (out of 4)
Parking: Street
Scene: A casual mix of hipsters and just-off-work neighborhood locals
Best bets: Dr Pepper popcorn; pulled pork slider; Evil Twin Red Ale
Hot seat: The communal table is perfect for lingering over a game of chess or liar's dice.
Nearby: Suppenküche; Boxing Room; Two Sisters

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