Entering the Residence is like stepping into a sumptuous Victorian parlor. You almost expect to hear a fire crackling in the background. Instead the bar mixes old-timey appeal (like the ample eclectic seating options: fur covered poufs, velvet couches, and a black velvet fainting couch tucked in the back corner) with modern bar amenities (like the flat-screen TV). Small and cozy, the dark wood paneling and dim lighting make everyone look attractive. The crowd is calm and friendly, a healthy mix of neighborhood regulars. There's a standard 5-7 p.m. happy hour with discount well drinks and beers, but the classic cocktails, like potent Hurricanes, still cost full price. Other attractions: On Sunday nights there's a barbecue on the back porch, and on Wednesdays the owner hosts a wine and liquor tasting.
Astute BART riders may have noticed those glossy new ads for Mace that are being displayed in the cars. "Protect your personal space with Mace," they read, showing a picture of a woman in a crowd with a five-foot circle of space around her. This... More »