In the midst of a surge in throwback cocktails and other nostalgic drinking trends, Horsefeather owners Ian Scalzo and Justin Lew are featuring a menu highlighting drinks that harken back to another era.
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Horsefeather proves that good things come to those who wait. Owners Justin Lew and Ian Scalzo, and chef Ryan Chinchilla took over the Divisadero Street space last summer and hosted a pop-up bar for several months, enticing its neighbors with what was to come.
A pair of Future Bars vets teamed up on this Divisadero neighborhood bar and restaurant known for a slim menu of midpriced New American shared plates and creative cocktails offered in tidy quarters with old-school Arts and Crafts design inspirations.
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Owners Justin Lew and Ian Scalzo, who are responsible for S.F. institutions like Bourbon & Branch and Local Edition, recently opened a new concept in their former pop-up bar Tsk/Tsk’s space. While Tsk/Tsk specialized in “adult slushies,” the new establishment, Horsefeather, takes an earthier approach...
What do Rickhouse, Local Edition, Tradition, and Prizefighter all have in common? The touch of two friends, Justin Lew and Ian Scalzo, who first met at Bourbon & Branch, ground zero for San Francisco’s craft cocktail movement.
Horsefeather, the new bar in Nopa, has been a long time coming.
Justin Lew, Ian Scalzo and chef Ryan Chinchilla (of Blue Plate and Foreign Cinema) bring considerable expertise to Horsefeather. Lew and Scalzo were formerly Creative Director/Director of Ops and Beverage Director respectively for Future Bars Co., behind the launch of the group’s renowned bars for years. With his design background, Lew has also designed many high profile hotels, bars and spaces, including Horsefeather in collaboration with Scalzo and James Lagoc of Local Produce Design (Nopa, Independent, Bi-Rite Creamery).
Behind the papered-over windows of 528 Divisadero, the former home of Ziryab and the temporary pop-up Tsk/Tsk has been a hive of activity—both online and off. As the space transforms into the much-anticipated bar and restaurant Horsefeather, a flurry of articles have been keeping tabs on the interior overhaul and food and cocktail menus. After a few delays, Horsefeather is finally set to open Monday this week, pending inspections and last-minute touches to the space.
Horsefeather is featuring the Foamy Negroni ($12), made with Campari, Bulldog Gin, Cinzano 1757, and Stiegl Radler Foam. // 528 Divisadero (Lower Haight)
Horsefeather: The short and sweet menu at this neighborhood bar means less time debating your options and more quality time with house-made burrata and halibut ceviche. If you're wise, you'll throw caution to the wind and embrace the stickiness that is fish-sauce-caramel-tossed clay pot chicken wings.