Last night was my first night out as a returning Bay Arean and we started it off with a bang at the home opener at AT&T Park but, that's another review. I had heard about an event at Eve Lounge on Howard with two of my fave SF DJs- J-Boogie and Sake One and was looking forward to our first night out in the Bay that wouldn't end in the two of us crashing on my niece's twin bed. After the game, we headed on over to Eve. As we walked in, we weren't even sure it was open but, walked down a small narrow hallway which opened onto the lounge.
As we headed toward the bar, we were greeted by a friendly bartender, Misty, and started chatting about how we just moved to the Bay from LA last week. She told us that Eve was brand new, only 9 months old, and that the owner hasn't invested anything in advertising...so, how'd we hear about it? We told her that we found out it because J-Boogie and Sake One were going to be DJing there that night. As we chatted, we ordered our usual two Stellas and she told us it was on the house, "Welcome to the neighborhood." So, we settled into our spot between the bar and the dancefloor and let J-Boogie's funk work its magic....
The walls are decorated with vintage inspired pin-up girl pictures. In fact, there's a screen that plays 1920s vintage peep show flicks- not the too dirty kind but, the artsy fartsy kind. To be honest with you, I was so busy having a blast, that I didn't notice but, thought I should give you a heads up just in case you are sensitive to that sort of thing. There are vinyl booths lining the left side of the room with low tables to rest your drinks on while you're dancing. The right side of the wall, closest to the DJ booth, has a long bar with hooks underneath for hanging your purses or jackets.
As the crowd started filing in, around 9:30p which I thought was a tad early because usually people don't show up until 11p, I could tell this wasn't your usual LA nightclub/Top 40 crowd. For starters, it's one of the many celebrations of San Francisco speakeasies that have started to conquer the nightlife scene in SF. People could care less that I was in jeans, a T-shirt and a grey hoodie with no make-up and my hair in a ponytail, though most of them were dressed "to the nines". I heard excuse me's and sorry's from people bumping into each other. But, most importantly, people were there to have a good time with good people and good music.